Molly’s thoughts come to life in an imaginative physical telling of Ulysses’s final chapter.
Fourth Gorgon Theatre adapted a text that’s been isolated to literary pretension and made it relatable and fun. Not for the faint of heart, they’ve injected the salacious script with a rich and personal physical language. Molly Bloom is a century year old story that remains startlingly relevant, deeply vulnerable, and human.
Fourth Gorgon Theatre has been creating ensemble-based theatrical works since 2015. All of their shows are experimental in form and presentation. Molly Bloom began as the subject of a text analysis course. This was the group’s introduction to the rich text of Joyce, and formed the project’s foundation and inspiration. Since 2015, Molly Bloom has evolved through two staged readings and a physical workshop adaptation. We are thrilled Molly Bloom is coming to ITS this April!
Fourth Gorgon Theatre’s founding members are the recipients of two Dora Mavor Moore awards (Best Ensemble, Best Production).
“Dear Toronto, I have a treat for you. Make yourself available tomorrow for a magnificent, heart-felt, dangerous ensemble performance of MOLLY BLOOM. These women take incredible risks and it pays off enormously! Please do yourself a HUGE favour and GO SEE IT!! Jocelyn Adema, Annie Tuma, Reanne Spitzer, Sarah Bridget Doyle, Lena Maripuu thank you thank you thank you for tonight.” – Shannon Murphy
“Anyone with a love of live theatre, human dynamics, seamless integration of multiple arts and great performance should go see Molly Bloom this weekend. Caught opening night last night – so good! Congratulations to Jocelyn Adema and team for bringing this vision to life!” – Trevor Cape
As well as the Executive director of Theatre By The Bay Iain Moggach, “A dynamic, beautiful, rich piece. Well done to all involved!! SO glad I got to come down and see it!”
Deborah Joy: Instructor and Voice Coach: “Just came home from seeing this movement-oriented Molly Bloom … There are four bold, talented, funny and sexy women in it, who are all playing Molly Bloom and speaking the stream of consciousness going on in her head as she lies awake through a restless night. Jocelyn Adema adapted and directed it with a great eye, and a big heart and funny bone. … If you love fabulous language, do yourself a big favour and go!”
Annie Tuma (Actor) is a Toronto based actor/theatre creator. She has created and performed in shows in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Winnipeg and Toronto. Select credits: Turtleneck (emerGENce Theatre), PIPPI: The Strongest Girl in the World (Fourth Gorgon), The Jungle Book (Magnus Theatre), Twelfth Night (Theatre Georgian Bay). George Brown Theatre school graduate.
Lena Maripuu (Actor) is a Toronto actor, educator, and theatre creator. Credits: Wendy (Peter Pan, Soulpepper); Co-Writer/Flicka (Pippi: The Strongest Girl in the World, Fourth Gorgon); Mrs. Do (Scott & Will, Solar Stage); Mary Snow (Salt Water Moon, QCT). Lena is a Director/Choreographer and Musical Theatre Instructor for youth throughout the city.
Reanne Spitzer (Actor) was born and raised in Ottawa and now is a theatre artist based in Toronto. Selected Theatre Credits: The Fighting Days, The Welland Canal Play (ECT), Peter Pan (Bad Hats Theatre/Soulpepper), mamaDADA-workshop (Pea Green Theatre), Romeo & Juliet, Salt Water Moon (Old Flame Brewing Co). Upcoming: The Bike Show (Bad Hats Theatre).
Sarah Doyle (Actor) is a multi-disciplinary artist hailing from Toronto. Her favourite roles include: Queen Elizabeth (Mary Stuart), Albertine (Albertine in Five times), Reno (Anything Goes). Sarah is honoured to be working alongside such incredible, talented women in this empowering show.
Jocelyn Adema (Adaptor & Director) is a theatre creator from the prairies who experiments with a variety of art forms to tell relevant, personal, and intimate theatrical stories. She lives and works in Toronto, finding inspiration on long walks, in grocery stores, and anywhere her nose or toes leads.
Nikki Nikita (Designer) is an acting graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. She has been fortunate for the opportunity to flex many artistic muscles, and is thrilled to design the wardrobe for Molly Bloom.
Logan Cracknell (Stage Manager & Lighting Design) is a Toronto based Lighting designer and Stage Manager working in dance and theatre.