Elevator Repair Service’s Ulysses, with Dee Beasnael, left, and Maggie Hoffman, right. © 2022 Kevin Yatarola for Symphony Space
Commissioned by the Fisher Center, Elevator Repair Service will debut Ulysses
, its adaptation of the James Joyce novel of the same name, on September 21. “Not even Elevator Repair Service, the venerable experimental troupe best known for Gatz
, a marathon-length enactment of the full text of The Great Gatsby
, is heedless enough to stage the whole of James Joyce’s run-on, epic masterwork about Leopold Bloom’s daylong odyssey through Dublin,” the New York Times
writes. Instead, to ensure “an entirely reasonable projected running time,” the troupe’s production navigates smaller segments of the novel’s 18 episodes, “letting them erupt in all their verbosity, vulgarity, vivacity, and—it is Joyce, after all—opacity,” the Times
writes. Ulysses runs September 21 through October 1, 2023, at the Fisher Center.