Aedín Moloney and Colum McCann's Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom finishes its run July 17 at Irish Repertory Theatre. Previews began June 8 for the solo show adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses, which officially opened on the W. Scott McLucas Studio Stag June 15.
The play is set in the early hours of June 17, 1904, as Molly Bloom's philandering husband returns home. Molly, played by Moloney, ruminates on the love they once shared through a reflective and unsentimental steam of consciousness, delving into the mysteries and affirmations that come with loss and love, as well as the choices available to a woman in early 20th century Dublin.
John Keating directs the production, which features original music by Paddy Moloney, scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by Michael O’Connor, and sound design by M. Florian Staab. Jeff Davolt is the production stage manager.
Since reading Ulysses as a young girl, Moloney has developed her interpretation of Joyce's Penelope chapter since then through performances of passages. With McCann's encouragement, Moloney worked on the show's development beginning with the audio recording "Reflections of Molly Bloom" in 2017. Following in 2019, Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom made its world premiere at Irish Rep, and was produced for Irish Rep Online during the pandemic.
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