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In Performance: Mabou Mines’ Lucia’s Chapters Of Coming Forth By Day.

In Performance: Mabou Mines’ Lucia’s Chapters Of Coming Forth By Day.




Mabou Mines‘ Lucia’s Chapters Of Coming Forth By Day
Wednesday, September 14 – Sunday, September 25, 2011
Tues-Sat @ 8PM  – Sun @ 3PM
At 150 First Ave. 2nd Floor Theater (NYC)

Lucia’s Chapters explores the life and after-life of Lucia Joyce, the adored daughter of James Joyce. As a young woman in Paris, her life was filled with writers, artists and intellectuals. She was a dancer and a painter. Her father believed Lucia to be the true inheritor of his genius. While still in her twenties, her behavior grew erratic. Admitted to a mental hospital at age 27, Lucia spent the next fifty years in confinement, until her death in 1982.

This production imagines Lucia reflecting as she navigates through the afterlife searching for her final salvation. Haunted by a dark figure, Lucia struggles with memories of her family, her loves and her life as an artist.  As her journey unfolds, Lucia’s unique role in the Joyce literary legacy is illuminated.  Lucia’s Chapters reveals a brilliant yet deeply troubled woman who is, perhaps, ultimately best understood through her playful and startling appearances in her father’s final book Finnegans Wake. Aided by richly textured visuals and an evocative score, Lucia’s Chapters is an sensory experience.


Lucia: Ruth Maleczech
Mr. Joyce: Paul Kandel
Set and Lighting Design: Jim Clayburgh
Music: Carter Burwell
Projection Design: Julie Archer
Choreography:  J’aime Morrison
Costume Design: Meganne George
Additional writing: Lee Breuer

(Source – Mabou Mines Website)

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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