Going where no playwright has gone before, I am adapting James Joyce's ULYSSES into a 2 hour journey of Sex, Loss, and Love. You may be asking, “How do you expect to do this - and Why?” Well, I’ve whittled the script to a lean 92 pages, we have a marvelous cast and director, and the performance will have its world premiere at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music April 26-28! But Why? Because James Joyce was giving us a crucial reflection of the power and vulnerability that lies at the center of every man. In Bloom, the main character, Joyce shows us a man who believes that force and hatred are not truly a way of life; that life is “Love. The opposite of hatred.” When the world first read this book, we had just ended World War I, in which force and hatred had molded every man away from his peaceful heart. Perhaps it was too early for the world to be shifted by Joyce’s question: What would life look like if men lived from a place of Love? Now, 90 years later, I believe the world is ready to reconsider this question. That is why it is important to me to put ULYSSES on stage and to tell the story in a way that is accessible to everyone. Although Joyce’s text is highly intellectual, what lies underneath those layers is profoundly human and universal. An audience need not have years of Joycean scholarship to connect to my adaptation which emphasizes the colors that come from our human roots, and our innate understanding of Vulnerability and Power.
The Long Term Dream: ULYSSES will have its premiere in Cincinnati this Spring, but my goal in adapting this is larger than that. I need support to develop this project strongly enough so that people know the adaptation exists internationally. Bloomsday, the celebration of the day the novel takes place, happens yearly around the world. Currently, people do 30-hour recitations of the full text...but wouldn’t it be lovely to have a 2 hour theatrical adaptation for people to experience? I see this as a way for theatres around the world to take part in the Bloomsday celebration, and for Joyceans and makers of theatre to come together.
I have completed a rehearsal draft of my stage-adaptation of ULYSSES. In order to devote my full time and energy to working with the excellent cast and director (attending table-work, rehearsals, production meetings), to do the rewrites, and to bring international awareness to this text, I am seeking to raise $5000 between now and March 15, 2012. Your donation will help me to make Joyce's epic accessible to many people through the power of Theatre.
Check out the video above by clicking Joyce's face, or visit my website for more info on the other plays I've written: www.alisonvodnoy.com
Alison Vodnoy 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 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 which explores stripping and sex work through monologue, dialogue, and strip-tease. Alison holds a BFA from The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
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