SOMETIMES THE RAIN,
SOMETIMES THE SEA
BY JULIA IZUMI
DIRECTED BY GREGORY KENG STRASSER
Once upon a time, a rain cloud fell in love with a human. Dolan, who bears an uncanny resemblance to author Hans Christian Andersen, tries to tell this simple and sweet story, but characters in the story keep turning into figures from Dolan’s own history of turbulent relationships. An adaptation, a reimagining, and a critique of The Little Mermaid, SOMETIMES THE RAIN, SOMETIMES THE SEA is a story of romantic, obsessive, and unrequited love.
Written by Julia Izumi
Directed by Gregory Keng Strasser
Scenic Design by Sarah Beth Hall
Props Design and Construction by Roo Sultan
Lighting Design by Dean Leong
Costume Design by Cassandra Alexa Duimstra
Video and Projections Design by Hailey LaRoe
Sound Design by Roni Lancaster
Intimacy Direction by Emily Sucher
Stage Manager: Caraline Jeffrey
Assistant Stage Manager: Natasha Sanchez
Technical Director: Simone Schneeberg
Master Electrician: Ben Harvey
Produced by Rorschach Theatre
Artistic Directors: Jenny McConnell Frederick and Randy Baker
Production Manager: Adam Ferguson
Photography by Ryan Maxwell
Special thanks to Gordon Nimmo Smith, AJ Johnson, and DJ Batchelor
(in order alphabetically)
Janine Baumgardner, Jordan Brown, Sydney Dionne, Colum Goebelbecker, Jordanna Hernandez, Jolene Mafnas, Nick Martin, and Arika Thames
Understudies: Nathanael Hatchett, Daniella Ignacio, Karen Lange, Aron Spellane, Majenta Thomas
Washington City Paper - "Strasser’s deceptively complex production is a confectionary delight with a twang of heartbreak."
DCTA - "As upbeat and playful as is the production — and Gregory Keng Strasser’s ambitious direction misses no chance to inject glittery spectacle or a fast-paced chase — there is no getting around the fact that it only thinly disguises the pain that stabs like a dagger..."
DCist - "Director Gregory Keng Strasser gracefully finds a nice balance between the silly and the sincere"
MD Theatre Guide - "A guaranteed whimsical theatrical experience that offers a fresh, new perspective on Hans Christian Andersen and on storytelling in general."