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September 21, 2016

'When the Rain Stops Falling' tackles family, climate change within time-traveling story

The play begins in the year 2039

Events Theater
When the Rain Stops Matt Saunders/"When the Rain Stops"

In "When the Rain Stops," it's the year 2039 and a fish has just fallen from the sky.

The next play in The Wilma Theater's season begins Oct. 12. "When the Rain Stops Falling" opens in the year 2039, amidst an apocalyptic flood of rain, when a fish falls from the sky

From there, the Andrew Bovell play moves back and forth through time, following four generations of a family, and jumps from London to Australia. While family is a big component of the story, at its heart is one question: In the face of climate change, can we break our habits and change the way we live?

In 2010, "Time" dubbed "When the Rain Stops Falling" the best new play of the year and also described it as intense and challenging.

Tickets for the show range from $10-$45 per person.

The Wilma Theater will host a series of special events revolving around the play:

•Beer Tasting Pre-Show Reception: Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
•Directors Gathering Dialogue: Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m.
•Post-Show Discussions: Thursday, Oct. 20, 27 at 9 p.m.
•Art in the Anthropocene, A Discussion Symposium: Saturday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m.
•Young Friends Pre-Show Reception: Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
•What’s Next? A Discussion Symposium:  Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m.
•Coffee Chat: Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

There will also be an exhibit in the theater's lobby that relates to "When the Rain Stops Falling."  The installation will focus on what a sustainable Philadelphia would look like in the future.

"When the Rain Stops Falling"

Wednesday, Oct. 12 through Nov. 6
$10-$45 per person
The Wilma Theater

265 S. Broad St.