Shaun Sutton as Leopold Bloom, Mary Malloy as Molly Bloom and Ian Weber as Stephen Dedalus in CCM's 'Ulysses.'

Shaun Sutton as Leopold Bloom, Mary Malloy as Molly Bloom and Ian Weber as Stephen Dedalus in CCM's 'Ulysses.'

CCM will present the world premiere of CCM alumna Alison Vodnoy Wolf’s (BFA ’09) adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses as the next installment of its 2011-12 Studio Series. The drama runs April 26-28 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets to Ulysses are free, but reservations are required.

Note: This production features adult themes and situations and is intended for mature audiences.

Adapted from James Joyce’s 1922 novel of the same name, Ulysses takes place during Dublin’s “dailiest day possible,” June 16, 1904, as protagonists Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom and Stephen Dedalus make their way through the streets and haunts of the city. At its foundation, Ulysses presents a father and son’s emblematic search for one another. However, the subject matter probes deeper into questions of self-discovery, morality and understanding.

When CCM Professor of Drama Michael Burnham expressed interest in directing a show featuring the entire story of Ulysses, Alison Vodnoy Wolf took on the task of creating such a work. This is the first time Joyce’s tale will be told in its entirety on-stage, as previous dramatic adaptations featured only bits and pieces of the 24-hour story.

“James Joyce was asking us to look at the true power and vulnerability of man,” says Wolf, and she aims to deliver that message in a way accessible to audiences regardless of their familiarity with the book. “Although Joyce’s text is highly intellectual, what lies underneath those layers is profoundly human and universal.’” Wolf raised funds for the undertaking through Kickstarter, a website that allows artists and innovators a platform to fund their creative projects.

Wolf discusses her adaptation of Ulysses below:

Note: This production features adult themes and situations and is intended for mature audiences.

About Alison Vodnoy Wolf
Alison Vodnoy Wolf toured her original one-woman show, In Rehearsal, to the Cincinnati, Minnesota and Indianapolis Fringe Festivals, as well as to theaters in the Chicago and Minneapolis areas. For its premiere, In Rehearsal was recognized with two Cincinnati Acclaim Awards, one for solo performance and one for solo script. In 2011 Alison worked on a commission from the Know Theatre of Cincinnati to write The Dragon, a political satire with marionettes. The Know also premiered Alison’s play The Eyes of Oedipus, a re-imagining of King Oedipus for two actors. One of her spiciest original works is The Whole, a full-length play that explores stripping and sex work through monologue, dialogue and strip tease. Alison holds a BFA in Dramatic Performance from CCM.

About Michael Burnham
Michael Burnham joined the faculty of CCM in 1984. Prior to that, he was literary manager at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a theatre critic for Cincinnati Magazine and a theatre and film critic for WGUC-FM. Burnham was also a Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. As a director and occasional actor and playwright, he is a champion of small experimental theatre companies.

Burnham performs as a storyteller throughout the eastern part of the country and has narrated symphony concerts for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony Opera and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others. His adaptation of Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat (which he directed while playing the Devil) premiered at the Salt Lake Symphony Opera.

Burnham is a recipient of a League of Cincinnati Theatres’ Sustained Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame. At CCM, he directs and teaches courses in script analysis, directing, dramaturgy and a class called The Artist in Society.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 27
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Tickets & Parking Information
Tickets to Ulysses are free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available Monday, April 23, at noon. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. For complete ticket and parking information, visit ccm.uc.edu or call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

Ulysses Cast List

  • Alyssa Caputo (sophomore from Acworth, Georgia) plays Sargent, Prostitute #1, Horse #1, One legged sailor, Dilly Dedalus, The Citizen, Young Nurse and Newsboy
  • Kate Daugherty (junior from Dallas, Texas) plays Comyn, Cunningham, Nosey Flynn, Eglinton, Bloody Dedalus, Nurse and Zoe
  • Hannah Halvorson (sophomore from Woodbury, Minnesota) plays Invisible Garryowen, Gerty MacDowell and Prostitute
  • Will Kiley (junior from Cincinnati, Ohio) plays Blazes Boylan, Bannon, Prostitute and Newsboy
  • Brynn Langford (junior from The Woodlands, Texas) plays M’Coy, Young Man, Joe and Mrs. Purefoy
  • John Patrick Maddock (sophomore from Arlington, Texas) Milly, Man #2, Terry, The Doctor, Rudy and Newsboy
  • Megan Marshall (sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio) plays Dignam, Waitress #2, Mr. Best, Costello, Florry, Woman “Midwife” and Newsboy
  • John Odom (sophomore from Annadale, Virginia) plays Buck, Bella/Bello and Newsboy
  • Callie Schuttera (sophomore Crestwood, Kentucky) plays Panther, The Sea, Stephen’s Mother, The Milk Matron, Cat, Dr. Dedalus, Man #1, Student and Prostitute
  • Shaun Sutton (sophomore from Overland Park, Kansas) plays Bloom and Elijah
  • Mariel Tompkins (junior from Islip, New York) plays Armstrong, Priest, Father Coffee, Waitress #1, Maggy Dedalus, Alf and Lynch
  • Mia Vera (sophomore from Dallas, Texas) plays Haines, Power, Mrs. Breen, Master Dignam, Bob, Madden, Prostitute and Newsboy
  • Ian Weber (junior from Crestwood, Kentucky) plays Stephen
  • Jaclyn Chantel (sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio) plays Deasy, Nanneti, Davy Byrne, Blond Girl, Nurse at Desk and Prostitute

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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