Theatre Performance: Rebecca reads Nora reads Molly
Produced by Halifax-based 2b theatre company
Performed during the poster/demo reception
REBECCA reads NORA reads MOLLY is a durational performance of the final chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses, a 24,000 word, three-hour, unpunctuated monologue of inner thoughts from the irrepressible fictional character Molly Bloom, who was modelled on James Joyce's wife, Nora Barnacle.
2b theatre company’s staged reading of the "Molly Bloom soliloquy” which constitutes the final Chapter of Ulysses (a performance called "Rebecca reads Nora reads Molly)" uses hypermedia strategies to illuminate and extend the dense and frequently opaque text.
The performance is a sister project to 2b's production of the play Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel by Michael Mackenzie which features as characters James Joyce and Nora Barnacle.
Watch a preview at https://vimeo.com/157360049.
The play premiered June 15-25, 2016 at Paul O'Regan Hall in Halifax Central Library.
Tuesday, 12 July at 9:00
In Ulysses in particular, James Joyce writes and creates meaning intertextually. As such, parsing and deciphering his text is a difficult task designed to confound scholars and so ensure the author’s immortality.
George Landow describes literature as “implicit hypertext in non-electronic form” and cites Ulysses as his example. In the same paper he uses the term hypertext interchangeably with hypermedia, which he says "extends the notion of the text in hypertext by including visual information, sound, animation, and other forms of data” Meanwhile, Jay David Bolter refers to Ulysses and Finnegans Wake as "hypertexts that have been flattened out to fit on the printed page.”
The panel discusses the hypermedia and hypertextual strategies used in the production’s design and in the collaborative process of deciphering of the unpunctuated 24,000 word stream of consciousness text.