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When the Rain Stops Falling

When the Rain Stops Falling
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Andrew Bovell
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 61
Pub. Date: 2011
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822225301
ISBN-13: 9780822225300
Cast Size: 4 female, 5 male

About the Play:

When the Rain Stops Falling has become a favourite of acting teachers for Female/Male Scenes.

When the Rain Stops Falling is a full-length drama by Andrew Bovell. A fish drops from the sky and a lonely middle-aged man is launched on a magical and emotional journey across four generations of family wrestling with the awful legacy of a secret buried deep in the past. When the Rain Stops Falling is a powerful drama that unfolds with humanity, surprising humour and hope, as the past plays out into the future.

When The Rain Stops Falling is a heartrending drama about family, abandonment, betrayal and forgiveness, spanning four generations and two hemispheres. Alice Springs, Australia in the year 2039. An extinct fish falls from the sky and lands at the feet of Gabriel York, who is about to be reunited with a son he abandoned decades before. It's been raining for days and Gabriel knows something is wrong. He wonders why his son is coming and what he wants: to know who he is? Where he comes from? Where he belongs? Gabriel knows nothing; his own past escapes him. As the story of Gabriel's family unfolds onstage, his ancestors come alive around him to fill in the gaps. Fifty years earlier his grandfather, Henry Law predicts that fish will fall from the sky heralding a great flood which will end life on earth as we know it. With its web of intricately overlapping connections, When the Rain Stops Falling follows four generations of a family from the claustrophobia of a London flat in 1959 to the windswept coast of southern Australia, and into the heart of the Australian desert in 2039. As this family and their world evolve over time, one question remains: in the face of climate change, can we break our habits and change the way we live? With four generations of fathers and sons, their mothers, lovers and wives, the play is epic in its scope, yet at the same time extraordinarily intimate.

When the Rain Stops Falling premiered in 2008 at the Scott Theatre during Adelaide Festival of the Arts and subsequently toured throughout Australia. Since then the play has enjoyed many successful productions worldwide, including The Lincoln Center in New York in 2009 where it received 5 Lucille Lortel Awards and was named best new play of the year by Time Magazine. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and has been mounted by high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 4 female, 5 male

What people say:

"When the Rain Stops Falling will become an Australian classic." — West Australian

"…a spellbinding saga…." — The Australian

"superb... fiendishly ingenious... utterly compelling." — The Guardian

"a work of gripping mystery and emotional depth... something very special." — Daily Telegraph

"extraordinary... grabs you by its imagination, its heartrending originality, its tragic vision." — Sunday Telegraph

"Bovell… has created a quietly spellbinding puzzle of a universe that is as stealthily thrilling and defiantly mystical as it is catastrophically melancholy." — New York Newsday

"Bovell's time-hopping structure is intricate but surprisingly natural — never strained or purposely obfuscating. Rather, as in the works of Faulkner, it is a powerful metaphor for the impossibility of escaping the past, for the way we are all shaped by what came before — and are living in the shadow of what comes next." — Time Magizine

"Bovell's play is weighty stuff, a work of great sorrow and beauty." — Variety

"Bovell weaves in symbolic imagery and the repetition of key phrases. This gives a surreal feel to the enterprise, without lessening its emotional impact." —

About the Playwright:

Andrew Bovell is one of Australia's most celebrated writers for both stage and screen. His theatre credits include Speaking in Tongues and When the Rain Stops Falling, both of which have been seen throughout Australia as well as in Europe and the US. His plays have won numerous awards in Australia, including the Victorian Green Room, State Premier's Awards, and the peer-judged AWGIE awards. Equally successful are his films, which include Strictly Ballroom and Lantana (based on his stage play Speaking in Tongues), which won over ten major awards in Australia and was critically acclaimed internationally.

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