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Directing Thesis: “When The Rain Stops Falling”

by Andrew Bovell
Directed by Ares Harper

Thursday, October 5, 8pm
Friday, October 6, 8pm
Saturday, October 7, 2pm
Saturday, October 7, 8pm
Sunday, October 8, 2pm

Columbia University School of the Arts presents Andrew Bovell’s When The Rain Stops Falling, a directing thesis production by current student Ares Harper.

Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling is a multi-generational saga that takes us back and forth in time from one generation to another, from 1959 to 2039, from London to Australia. It interrogates the dichotomy between physical & psychological absence within a deteriorating family dynamic. This play navigates the complex landscape of legacy, abandonment, inherited trauma, family secrets, betrayal, and natural disasters. It is epic in its scope, yet at the same time extraordinarily intimate and it calls us to question the evolution of our humanity in a dying world.

Content Warning

This play contains brief themes of sexual violence and suicide. There will be use of herb-based essential oils in the atmosphere and strobe lights to evoke lightening throughout the performance.

Run Time

2 hours, no intermission


Daniel Greene – GABRIEL YORK
Sophia Torres – GABRIELLE YORK (younger)
Jack Russell – JOE RYAN
Alexandra Nedved – GABRIELLE YORK (older)
Emily Kleypas (current student) – ELIZABETH LAW (younger)
Sina Pooresmaeil – GABRIEL LAW
George Copeland – HENRY LAW
Roberto Andrei – ANDREW PRICE

Production Team & Crew

Director Ares Harper (current student)
Assistant Director Bre J. Appiah
Producer KC Morse (current student)
Production Stage Manager Jonah Yoder (current student)
Assistant Stage Manager Samantha Grocock (current student)
Production Dramaturg Dezi Tibbs (current student)
Company Manager Zach Hedner (current student)
Set & Projections Designer Joshua Martin
Props Designer Daniel Brothers
Costume Designer Jessica Irvin
Lighting Designer Natasha Rontondaro
Original Music & Sound Designer Noah Green
Dialect Coach Becky Ho

About the Director

Ares Harper (He/They) is a Director/Theatre-Maker from Columbus, OH. His work explores the process of “meaning-making” in both artistic and cultural ecosystems, as he believes theatre to be his classroom, playground, and laboratory. Ares is a founding member of Imperium Theatre Company: “a collective of trouble-makers exploring the depths of artistic merit through our dedication to cultural education, civic engagement, and social change.”


Oct 08 2023


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 Street


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