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Bloomsday on Broadway



Created by Elevator Repair Service

Directed by John Collins

Co-direction and Text Selections by Scott Shepherd

Text: Ulysses by James Joyce


Dee Beasnael

Kate Benson*

Maggie Hoffman

Vin Knight*

Scott Shepherd

Christopher-Rashee Stevenson

Stephanie Weeks*

Daphne Gaines and April Matthis contributed to the development of Ulysses.

Set Design dots

Costume Design Enver Chakartash

Lighting Design Mark Barton

Sound Design Ben Williams

Props Design Patricia Marjorie

Assistant Director and Stage Manager Maurina Lioce

Producer Hanna Novak

Production Manager Aaron Amodt

Company Manager Mariana Catalina

Production Intern Zachary Everett-Lane

Symphony Space thanks and remembers Isaiah Scheffer, who created Bloomsday on Broadway, and Katherine Minton, who had the inspiration to bring Elevator Repair Service and Symphony Space together.

Ulysses: Elevator Repair Service Takes on Bloomsday is made possible by support from the Isaiah Sheffer Fund for New Initiatives.

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Expected runtime is 120 minutes with no intermission.




About James Joyce and Ulysses

Born in Dublin, Ireland, James Joyce (1882–1941) spent most of his life abroad, living in Trieste, Paris, and Zurich. His writings, however, mainly center on Dublin – most famously Ulysses, Dubliners, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He pioneered and perfected avant-garde prose techniques that saw him rise to the rank of one of Europe's foremost Modernists.

One of the most important works of the Modernist era, James Joyce’s Ulysses was originally published serially in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920. Subsequently published as a book in 1922, Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, June 16, 1904.


Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is a New York City–based company that creates original works for live theater with an ongoing ensemble. The company’s shows are created from a wide range of texts that include found transcripts of trials and debates, literature, classical dramas, and new plays. Founded in 1991, ERS has authored an extensive body of work that includes upwards of 20 original theatrical productions. These have earned the company a loyal following and made it one of New York’s most highly acclaimed experimental theater companies. Gatz (a production of the entire text of The Great Gatsby), along with The Sound and the Fury (from Faulkner’s novel) and The Select (an adaptation of The Sun Also Rises) are among the company’s best known works. The company’s body of work also includes new works by playwrights Kate Scelsa and Sibyl Kempson as well as works by Shakespeare and Chekhov. ERS productions share a commitment to risk-taking and reinvention, blending unusual texts with innovations in theatrical form. They feature the company’s signature dynamic performance style coupled with a rigorous commitment to psychologically complex performances. ERS has received numerous awards and distinctions.

ERS Staff

John Collins, Artistic Director
Marilyn Haines, Managing Director
Maurina Lioce, Associate Artistic Director
Hanna Novak, Producer
Mariana Catalina, Company Manager
Quincy Confoy, Development Associate
Lucy Mallett, Finance Manager

ERS Board of Directors

Bill Stasiulatis, Chair
Kenneth B. Cera, Vice-Chair
Zoe E. Rotter, Vice-Chair
Lucy Mallett, Treasurer
John Collins, President
Arthur Aufses
Clay Ballard
Steve Bodow
Doug Curtis
David Gilbert
John Kim
Fritz Michel
Greig Sargeant
Ira Simmonds
Anne Stringfield
Robert A. Wilson, Jr.


The program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, The Grodzins Fund, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Symphony Space thanks our generous supporters, including our Board of Directors, Producers Circle, and members, who make our programs possible with their annual support.

Flowers courtesy of PlantShed.


This performance is made possible, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Elevator Repair Service is also supported with funds from The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation, Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jockey Hollow Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The O’Grady Foundation, Scherman Foundation, Select Equity Group Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

Elevator Repair Service is a member of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.

Special thanks from Symphony Space and Elevator Repair Service

Symphony Space is grateful to the independent venue operators who banded together to initiate the Save Our Stages campaign, which became the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Through the leadership of Senator Chuck Schumer, and with bipartisan support from many Senators and Representatives, the creative community was bolstered by this special funding. All of us at Symphony Space extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every individual who recognized the unmistakable power and importance of the arts in this most critical moment.

John Collins, Scott Shepherd, and Ben Williams of ERS wish to thank the members of the creative team of Ulysses, a 2021 Theater Basel production directed by John and Scott and sound designed by Ben. Their work helped inspire this performance. Those artists are actors Fabian Krüger, Fabian Dämich, Nairi Hododo, Andrea Bettini, and Carina Braunschmidt; Dramaturg Angela Osthoff, Assistant Director Louisa Raspé, and Theater Program Director and Executive Dramaturg Anja Dirks

Elevator Repair Service would like to thank Hai-Ting Chinn, Adam Long, Nik Quaife and The Irish Consulate in New York, Mark Rossier and Ariana Smart Truman. For their expertise on Ulysses and consultation on text selection, ERS also thanks Professor Catherine Flynn and Jonathan Goldman, President of the James Joyce Society. For information about the James Joyce Society (Founded in 1947 at the Gotham Book Mart) membership and events, please visit

Symphony Space Staff

Kathy Landau Executive Director
Peg Wreen
Managing Director
Isaiah Sheffer
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)
Artistic Director (1988-2010)
Founding Artistic Director (2010-2012)
Allan Miller
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)

Jennifer Brennan Director of Literary Programs
Drew Richardson
Lead Producer of Literary Programs
Vivienne Woodward
Producer of Literary Programs
Mary Shimkin
Director of Broadcast & Literary Initiatives
Matthew Love
Consultant for Literary Programs
Magdalene Wrobleski
Literary Assistant
Antonio Brown
Mollie Gordon

*in memoriam

About Actors’ Equity Association

Actors’ Equity Association (“Equity”), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.

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