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Written and directed by Valery Ushakov

Inspired by the works of Gabriel García Márquez

Valery Ushakov’s endlessly fascinating “While the Rain was Falling” is a philosophical parable narrated by the language of the body and music. The protagonist, Aureliano, notices one day that the world around him has turned upside down. To understand what is happening, he turns to a series of boxes that store memories of his past. Opening them one by one, he embarks on a journey through his life, his loves, his losses, his childhood and his regrets, all in search of the one central memory for which he has lived.

Presented in Russian w/ English subtitles.

Running time: 1h 25min

Photos by Alexandra Torgushnikova, Dmitry Dubinsky
Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles

Director Valery Ushakov on the production:

An actor of theater and cinema, the director of “While The Rain Was Falling”, Valery Ushakov, graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theater School in 2008, and in the same year was accepted to the troupe of Moscow’s revered Vakhtangov Theater. Over the past 15 years, he has appeared in dozens of productions, most memorably in Rimas Tuminas’ multi-award winning adaptation of “Eugene Onegin”, Anzelika Cholina’s modern dance production of “Anna Karenina”, and Yury Butusov’s wildly reimagined Mikhail Bulgakov’s “Flight”. Valery received the Laureate of the Moscow City Award in 2017 in the field of literature and art in the category “Theater Arts”. That same year, he made his directorial, releasing the play “Marquez. Without Words“, now titled “While the Rain was Falling”.

Creative Team

Written and Directed by Valery Ushakov

Inspired by the works of Gabriel García Márquez

Sets and Costumes by Maria Butusova

Lighting Design by Mikhail Khvastunov

Assistant Lighting Designer Artem Kochergo

Sound by Dmitriy Minaev, Vadim Bulikov

Make up by Denis Zinoviev

Special Effects by Pavel Gorbunov

Composer Kirill Zheleznov

Assistant Directors Ksenia Kuznetsova, Natalia Chaika, Natalia Charitonova


Aureliano – Yan Gakharmanov

The Colonel – Mark Burlai

The Mother – Anastasia Zhdanova

The Father – Vasiliy Tsygantsov

The Beautiful Lady – Lada Churovskaya

The Dark Knight – Andrei Vistin

Narrated by Anatoly Mentchikov

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