Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4w, 2m, 2any gender (adult)

This playful, quirky, loose adaptation of The Little Mermaid, about a Little Rain Cloud who falls in love with a human, unpacks some personal history about Hans Christian Andersen.

Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 2m, 2any gender (adult)
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • Winner! 2018 Dorry (RI Theatre) Award for Best New Play


The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved and well-known fairy tale, which is why it’s not the story our friend, Dolan, is going to tell you today. No, he’s going to tell you the story about a Little Rain Cloud who falls in love with a human. They are not the same story at all, he swears.
Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea premiered at Brown University in Providence, RI on April 5, 2018. Directed by Kate Bergstrom, the production featured Oyindamola Akingbile, Kai Barshack, Anthony DeRita, Brendan George, Maaike Laanstra-Corn, Karishma Swarup, Conor Sweeney and Marianne Verrone.

RAIN CLOUD (pronounced like Google (Android 12L)) – No age, then 28 / A rain cloud, then a female human
BESSIE (pronounced like 🐄?) – Age unknown / A cow? A sea witch? A human? A dream?
RALMOND (pronounced like “almond” with an R in front) – 28, then no age / A male human, then a rain cloud
MIDI (pronounced like “mini” but with a D in the middle) – 29 / A female human
EDVARD (pronounced like “Edward” with a V in the middle) – Just Old Enough to Marry / A royal male human
INA (pronounced like “I? Nah.”) – Old Enough to Marry / A secretly royal female human
DOLAN (pronounced like “Dole Whip” except instead of “whip” you say “an”) – Timeless / Hans Christian Andersen
LITTLE ONE (NOT pronounced like “mermaid”) Little / A female hero and storyteller

While all of the characters speak as the people in Hans Christian Andersen’s life, they do not look anything like them (or else Dolan would recognize them). This is a play about overturning old narratives and these characters live in fantastical realms removed from our realities, so think carefully about who populates your fantasy world today. If there are going to be mostly white people on this stage for your production, please pick a different play. It is particularly helpful for the narrative if Rain Cloud, Ralmond and Ina are played by actors of mixed race or international backgrounds. It is even more helpful if Rain Cloud is played by an actor of Indian descent. Bessie can be played by an actor of any gender – Bessie takes ownership of gender fluidity in a way that Hans Christian Andersen wanted to but could not. “Midi” is actually short for “Midori,” which is the Japanese word for green. Like the grass. So think about that when casting too...

  • Setting A far off city where rain clouds fall in love with humans
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Strong Language

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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Julia Izumi

Julia Izumi (she/her) is a writer and performer who makes plays, musicals and other theatrical nonsense.

Her work has been developed and presented at Manhattan Theatre Club, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Bushwick Starr, WP Theater, The COOP, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on ...

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