A PERFORMANCE ON SCREEN
From the novel Ulysses by James Joyce
Adapted by Aedín Moloney & Colum McCann
Music by Paddy Moloney
Starring Aedín Moloney
“an unmixed pleasure…Ms. Moloney’s performance will enthrall and transport you.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“a veering, vivid, ribald monologue expertly performed by Ms. Moloney” – The New York Times
It is Ireland in the early hours of June 17th, 1904. Molly Bloom’s husband–the wandering philandering Leopold “Poldy” Bloom–has just come home & fallen asleep in their Dublin row house. Molly–a daughter, a mother, a lover and a long-suffering wife–patrols the pathways of her wild and leaping consciousness. She is lustful. Scared. Exuberant. Heartbreakingly lonely. Vivaciously reckless. And profoundly funny.
With an empty nest, an unfulfilling affair and a marriage long past its prime, Molly must find a way back to the rock-bed of love that she and Bloom once shared. Her unsentimental stream of consciousness is a song of songs that reaches backwards and forwards across the centuries. Written one hundred years ago, Joyce’s words seem carved not just for today, but tomorrow too. Time ticks within time, dreams are upended, and life is thrown off balance. Molly seeks to reanimate love and ends up discovering herself. Dublin becomes Gibraltar, age becomes youth and a small room in Dublin becomes the world.
The 2019 Irish Rep World Premiere production of Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom was awarded the Outer Critics Circle Award and nominated for the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Solo Performance. The reimagined digital production premiered Irish Rep’s Summer Online Season in June of 2020.
Press from our 2019 production of YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom:
“exuberant…an unforgettable affirmation of life and joy… an affirmation of female strength, liberation, and self-determination that we need to hear.” – Theatermania
“In her dynamic portrayal, Moloney offers a portrait of woman burning to be seen and celebrated” – BroadwayWorld
“One of the best acting performances currently on stage in New York.” – Wolf Entertainment Guide
Irish Repertory Theatre would like to thank Aedín Moloney, Colum McCann, Arnaldo Segarra, Carmen Baez Garcia, John and Judi Hannan, Eric Marciano, Ruth Kavanagh, Sara de los Reyes, Mary Tierney, John Keating, Angela Marasia, Joe Mauceri, Martin Butler, Paddy and Rita Moloney, and Ciarán Madden, Consul General Of Ireland, for their support of this special event.
YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom is produced under the SAG -AFTRA New Media Agreement.