Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling examines vivid moments from the lives of the Law/York family. This family evolves from English couple Henry and Elizabeth Law in 1959 to father and son Gabriel York and Andrew Price in 2039. Explore all the characters in between the four generations in the When the Rain Stops Falling Family Tree and from the ensemble who portray them.
Walter Bilderback: How would you describe the relationship between the family saga and the Anthropocene? The American writer Rob Nixon uses the phrase “slow violence” to explain why it’s so hard for us to emotionally grasp climate change and why it’s so challenging to deal with it in art: in your play, it also seems to be an apt description for the legacy of Henry Law through three generations.
July 7, 2016
I’m in Connecticut, in residence at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference this month. This means several things. I am enveloped in a thick fog. Every morning I wake up and can smell the ocean. And: The totality of my energy is going toward working on my plays.
How much actual writing should you be doing as a playwright? Here are two wisdoms I’ve been handed down. From Sarah Ruhl: Write a play a year. From Paula Vogel: Work on two plays at a time. Have one in an early stage and the other in a late stage, so you’re using different muscles.
June 14, 2016
If you are reading this close to when I write it, you know that forty-nine people were just killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Another fifty-three were injured. Everyone I know is grieving and in pain. The persons attacked were mostly young, and latinx; it was a gay nightclub and undoubtedly a hate crime. Recent news reports suggest the shooter might have been struggling to accept his own natural proclivities (he had previously attended Pulse with entirely different intentions). He was likely consumed by self-loathing and shame.