The Ringwald Gets A Little New Year's 'Rain'

FERNDALE - A sweeping portrait spanning 80 years, "When the Rain Stops Falling" is a story of fathers and sons, lovers and friends, husbands and wives - a grippingly intimate tale of a young man courageously defying the legacies of his ancestors. At times surreal and hauntingly close to the heart, "When the Rain Stops Falling" will play Jan. 11-28 at The Ringwald Theatre in downtown Ferndale.

"When the Rain Stops Falling," written by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, had its U.S. premiere at Lincoln Center in 2010 and was subsequently named "Best Play of the Year" by Time magazine.

It's raining. Gabriel York is awaiting the arrival of his grown son whom he hasn't seen since he was 7. "I know what he wants. He wants what all young men want from their fathers. He wants to know who he is. Where he comes from. Where he belongs. And for the life of me I don't know what to tell him." That's the beginning of this compelling family saga that takes us back and forth in time from one generation to another, from 1959 to 2039, from London to Australia. With four generations of fathers and sons, their mothers, lovers and wives, "When the Rain Stops Falling" is epic in its scope, yet at the same time extraordinarily intimate and always exquisitely beautiful.

The cast for "When the Rain Stops Falling" features Travis Reiff (Gabriel York), Bryan Lark (Henry Law), Annabelle Young (Elizabeth Law - Younger), Connie Cowper (Elizabeth Law - Older), Michael Lopetrone (Gabriel Law), Ashley Shamoon (Gabrielle York - Younger), Cara Trautman (Gabrielle York - Older), Joel Mitchell (Joe Ryan), and Bailey Boudreau (Andrew Price).

"When the Rain Stops Falling" is directed by Jamie Warrow. Bethany Hedden is the stage manager and assistant director, Alexander Carr is scenic and media design, Barton Bund is sound design, Michelle LeRoy is lighting design, original music and score is provided by Travis Reiff. Costume design is provided by Miekyle Turner, dialect coaching is Karen Sheridan, and property design provided by Jamie Warrow.

"When the Rain Stops Falling" opens Friday, Jan. 11 and plays through Monday, Jan. 28. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances, $15 for Sunday shows, and Monday nights are half-off the original ticket price at only $10 each. All students can now receive a $5 discount off normal ticket price on Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances (available at the box office the day of the show with valid student ID). Tickets can be purchased at or at the theater box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard.

The Ringwald Theatre is located at 22742 Woodward Avenue in the Times Square of Ferndale.

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