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NewsPress Release: 4/22/02 Eric Bass Directs College Talent in Adaptation of "Ulysses"

MARLBORO, VT - Marlboro College Theater Professor Eric Bass is directing "When 3 It's Night," an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 2, 3, and 4, in Marlboro's Whittemore Theater.

Drawing on scenes from Joyce's Ulysses, this adaptation touches on Joyce's themes of exile and the human search for parentage, recognizing that the human father or mother who give one birth are not necessarily the parents of one's soul.

The production is combined with songs and movement to evoke Joyce's world. According to Bass, "It is playful, filled with Joyce's wit and humor, and also touching, as it glimpses the lives of Stephen Dedalus (the young poet), Leopold Bloom (Joyce's Ulysses, an exile in his own country) and Bloom's wife Molly."

Stephen, Bloom, and Molly are all played by puppets. ("The better to view them," says Bass.). Each puppet is manipulated by three puppeteers, in the classical Japanese fashion. The cast of 12 act as puppet manipulators, as human characters interacting with the puppets, and as music hall singers.

"Joyce's text is bawdy, as the relationship between the human body and the human spirit is explored in his characters' estrangement from their parents, their spouses, and from their society," says Bass. "How, in this life, does one encounter one's true parent or child of the spirit, of the cosmos?"

The cast includes veteran local actors David and Terri Storrs, as well as Marlboro students David Ball, Sean Bryant, Naomi Craig, Alaina Hammond, Andrea Heny, Sarri Koponen-Robotham, Pat McMahill, Alex Millard, Matthew Temple, and Nora Zale. (Terri Storrs is also known as Teresa Storti, the alumni director at Marlboro College.)

Puppets for the production were created by Marlboro juniors Kristen Olsson and Colin Zeidenstein, and choreographed by Marlboro junior Shura Baryshnikov. The musical score was created by Marlboro senior Chris Mahoney. The set was designed by Visual Arts Professor Tim Segar and Technical Theater Professor David Underwood. Serving as production stage manager is Marlboro freshman Sarah Seagrave.

Bass and his wife founded the Sandglass Theater in 1982 in Munich, Germany, and moved it to Vermont in 1986. Sandglass productions have been honored by, among others, the Union Internationale de la Marionette and the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater. Bass has been teaching at Marlboro since 1996.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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