The Irish Premiere of Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom adapted by Aedin Moloney and Colum McCann, from Ulysses by James Joyce, with music by Paddy Moloney (founder and leader of The Chieftains).
A daring theatrical journey into the mind and heart of James Joyce’s most sensual hero – a woman of women, a soul of souls, the indomitable Molly Bloom.
It is Ireland in the early hours of June 17th, 1904. Molly Bloom’s husband – the philandering Leopold “Poldy” Bloom – has just come home and 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 contemplates the love that she and Bloom once shared. Her unsentimental stream of consciousness is a song of songs that reaches backward and forward across the centuries. Molly seeks to reanimate that love of Bloom and ends up discovering herself – as a woman seeking purpose and a desire to be relevant, even after that love is over and her children are gone. Through reflection, Dublin becomes Gibraltar, age becomes youth, and a small room in Ireland becomes the world.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“A veering, vivid, ribald monologue expertly performed by Ms. Moloney” – The New York Times, 2019
“Ms. Moloney’s performance will enthrall and transport you…it is gorgeously lyrical, superlatively well-sustained, and a riot of sensuality” Wall Street Journal, 2020
“Exuberant…an unforgettable affirmation of life and joy… an affirmation of female strength, liberation, and self-determination that we need to hear.” – Theatermania, 2019
“In her dynamic portrayal, captivating Moloney offers a portrait of woman burning to be seen and celebrated” – BroadwayWorld, 2019
“Moloney dives deeply into the well of the human condition, radiating honesty and vulnerability from her whole being. Like the iconic book it is adapted from, Moloney’s performance is, quite simply, a masterpiece.” – The Easy, 2019