Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved and well-known fairy tale, which is why it’s not the story our friend, Dolan, is going to tell you today. No, he’s going to tell you the story about a Little Rain Cloud who falls in love with a human. They are not the same story at all, he swears.
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Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

Recommended by

  • Amanda Petefish-Schrag:
    13 Dec. 2019
    What a beautiful play! Funny, poignant, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Exceptional weaving of form and structure; language and image. A fairy tale that sparkles with relevance for our current moment.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    12 Dec. 2019
    What a fantastic, whimsical, playful, and poignant theatrical fairy tale. Izumi plays with and subverts our expectations numerous times throughout the story, all along the way making some excellent points about the nature of love and relationships. The theatrical world described onstage is so unique and heightened, and it was a joy to try and visualize how it might come to life in my mind. This big-hearted and beautiful story also has an excellent sense of humor and moves at a fast, exciting clip. Please produce this play!
  • Tiffany Antone:
    11 Dec. 2019
    Wow! Wow! I want to see, hear, and feel this play onstage. What a joyfully engaging and imaginative work!

Character Information

  • Rain Cloud
    No age, but then appears 28,
    Mixed
    ,
    No gender, Female
    A rain cloud
  • Bessie
    Any age,
    Any
    ,
    Gender-fluid
    A cow
  • Ralmond
    28,
    Mixed
    ,
    Male
    A human
  • Midi
    29,
    Mixed
    ,
    Female
    A human
  • Edvard
    Late teens to early twenties,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A prince
  • Ina
    Late teens to early twenties,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A princess (shh!)
  • Little One
    Child,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A young storyteller
  • Dolan
    Any adult age,
    Danish
    ,
    Male
    An old storyteller, probably Hans Christian Andersen

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Villanova University
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Virtual Theatre of Arizona
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Brown University MFA Programs
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Samuel French
    ,
    2016

Production History

Awards

Winner
,
Outstanding New Play
,
The Dorry Awards
,
2018