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Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Williams theater seniors gather in spring 2021. Press photo courtesy of the '62 Center.
Photo by Brad Wakoff

The Williams ’62 Center will present Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea by Julia Izumi, an interactive play about the magic of storytelling.

Why do we need stories? And what do we gain from telling them and listening to them? Actors in this piece must bring their wildest imaginations to the process and be ready to “play.” It is not a “realistic” play but one that expresses certain ‘truths’ about the human condition that are of vital importance to the creators.

Themes of unrequited love and actual love will be explored, however, please consider these ideas of “love” as more than romantic. What does it mean to love anything or anyone truly? Actors in this piece must be eager to tell stories and to create an experience for an audience. And definitely be ready, willing, and able to have some fun!

There will be a post-performance discussion after the Friday, May 6, performance.

Julia Izumi 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 Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seattle Rep, Barn Arts Collective, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, BMI’s Librettists Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, CAATA’s National Asian-American Theatre ConFest, and Pork Filled Productions.

Honors for her work include O’Neill’s NPC Finalist, Kilroys List Honorable Mention, and Theater Masters’ Take Ten. She has received the inaugural OPC Dr. Kerry English Award, KCACTF’s Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award, NY Society Library’s Emerging Women’s Artist Grant and a Puffin Artists’ Grant. She is a New Dramatists Resident and is currently under commission from True Love Productions, MTC/Sloan, and Playwrights Horizons. MFA: Brown University. www.juliaizumi.com

Kym Moore (Director/Educator/Theatremaker) is co-founder/co-artistic director of Antigravity Performance Project and Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. She is an award-winning playwright and director with a broad range of aesthetic interests in theater and performance. If categorizing is necessary, she could be described as an Afro-Futurist.

Moore’s directing style is grounded, imaginative and visually compelling. Her works are designed to reveal the multi-sensory, multi-dimensional, and mythic dimensions of reality. Her well-honed sense of craft and keen understanding of the materials of theater (actor, text, space, light, sound, etc.) elevates her work beyond the ordinary.

In a recent production of Miss Julie (Chain Theatre, NYC) critic Natalie Rine, On Stage Blog, wrote “ . . . Moore’s direction is crisp and snappy with not a minute wasted. In (her) masterful hands, Miss Julie is a stirring invitation to wake up, an invigorating exploration of choice and consequence, gender and class, freewill and authority that will make you want to lean forward in your chair to not miss a beat.”

The event is open to all. You’ll need proof of vaccination or a Williams ID, and you’ll need to wear a mask.

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Date:
May 5
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Event Location

Williams ’62 Center
1000 Main St.
Williamstown, MA
(413) 597-2425

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