•  Theatre 2014
 Romania
  Teatrul Toma Caragiu Ploieşti
WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING / CÂND PLOAIA SE VA OPRI
Director: Radu Afrim
Translation: Vlad Birzanu
Set design and costumes: Vanda Sturdza
Cast: Ionut Visan, Clara Flores, Florentina Nastase, Oxana Moravec, Mihaela Popa, Cristian Popa, Ioan Coman, Karl Baker, Alin Teglas
The text is formed of a series of short scenes, with repetitive elements reconstituting 80 years of a family’s history. A saga which was recreated from a realistic-magical puzzle, as early scenes from different times and spaces mix in a story about guilt and its passing from generation to generation, by repeating the same mistake: the lack of communication between parents and children, the constantly broke connection between them, leading to mutual abandonment. ”It wasn’t until many years later that I realized that having nothing to say is just another way of having so much to say, it’s just that you don’t dare to start…“ In a city where it is perpetually raining, in the year 2039, Gabriel York waits for his son whom he abandoned when he was a child and who is coming because ”He wants what all young people want from their fathers. He wants to know who he is. Where he is coming from. Where he belongs. And I have no idea what I am going to say to him”. Gabriel York has nothing to offer him to eat, but a fish fell out of the sky. These are the premises: the need for an identity and for a miracle (fish soup is a leitmotif; it tracks the family tree as a mark of identity). Reconstructing the past which young Andrew demands using the inherited objects from a suitcase, leads to a slalom between rainy England and droughty Australia, between love and separation, love stories and family stories in which children and parents ”may sometimes be very cruel“. Oana Stoica – The juxtaposed worlds of Radu Afrim, Dilema Veche
Performance not recommended to persons under 16.
Performance presented in Romanian with translation into English.

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