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Elevator Repair Service

SummerScape Commission/World Premiere

Created by Elevator Repair Service
Directed by John Collins
Co-Direction and Dramaturgy by Scott Shepherd
Text: Ulysses by James Joyce

Photo by Marika Kent

Fisher Center, LUMA Theater,
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“…brand new, daring and debauched…surely worth a trip up the Hudson.”—New York Magazine

James Joyce’s Ulysses has fascinated, perplexed, scandalized, and/or defeated readers for over a century. Building on a rich history of staging modernist works—Gatz, The Sound and the Fury, The Select (The Sun Also Rises)—Elevator Repair Service (ERS) takes on this Mount Everest of twentieth-century literature in their Fisher Center debut.

Seven performers sit down for a sober reading but soon find themselves guzzling pints, getting in brawls, and committing debaucheries as they careen on a fast-forward tour through Joyce’s funhouse of styles. With madcap antics and a densely layered sound design, ERS presents an eclectic sampling from Joyce’s life-affirming masterpiece.

Cast & Creative

Dee Beasnael, Kate Benson*, Maggie Hoffman, Vin Knight*, Scott Shepherd, Christopher-Rashee Stevenson, Stephanie Weeks*

Scenic Design dots
Costume Design Enver Chakartash
Lighting Design Marika Kent
Sound Design Ben Williams
Projection Design Matthew Deinhart
Properties Design Patricia Marjorie

Assistant Costume Design Caleb Krieg
Assistant Lighting Design Matt Lazarus
Assistant Projection Design Alessandra Cronin
Assistant Properties Design Ned Cían Gaynor

Assistant Director and Stage Manager Maurina Lioce
Producer Hanna Novak
Production Manager Aaron Amodt
Sound System Operator/Programmer Gavin Price
Sound System Engineer Jason Sebaian
Assistant Stage Manager Kelsey Vivian*
Company Manager Becky Hermenze
Teleprompter and Clock Software Scott Shepherd

Daphne Gaines, April Matthis, and Mark Barton contributed to the development of the work.

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


Characters in Ulysses by Performer (an abridged list, in order of appearance)

Dee Beasnael
Armstrong, Milly Bloom, Martin Cunningham, Mrs Breen, Miss Kennedy, Alexander J. Dowie, Florry

Kate Benson
Haines, Simon Dedalus, Myles Crawford, the citizen, Dr Madden, Zoe

Maggie Hoffman
Molly Bloom, Miss Douce, Ned, Alf, Lenehan, Gerty McDowell, Punch Costello, Dr Dixon, Rudy Bloom

Vin Knight
Mr Deasy, Leopold Bloom

Scott Shepherd
Buck Mulligan, Blazes Boylan, Mr Nannetti, redheaded sailor

Christopher-Rashee Stevenson
Stephen Dedalus, the cat, Lenehan, Joe Hynes

Stephanie Weeks
Martha, Mr Power, Nosey Flynn, Russell, John Wyse Nolan, Dr Punch Costello, Mrs Thornton, Stephen’s mother

Ulysses Guide

Before or after joining us at Elevator Repair Service’s Ulysses, explore the Ulysses Guide—a resource for readers of James Joyce’s novel, including background info, individual episode guides, photographs, maps, and other helpful resources.

Explore the Ulysses Guide

Elevator Repair Service

“A heroic company that dares to venture into literary realms.”—The New York Times

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 created an extensive body of work that includes dozens of original pieces. These have earned the company a loyal following and made it one of New York’s most highly acclaimed experimental theater companies. The company is best known for Gatz, its award-winning verbatim staging of the entire text of The Great Gatsby.

ERS has received numerous awards and distinctions, including Lortel awards, a Bessie award, and an OBIE award for Sustained Excellence, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and Doris Duke Performing Artist Award for Artistic Director John Collins.


Lead funding for the Fisher Center at Bard’s production of Ulysses was provided by the T. S. Eliot Foundation. Major commissioning and development support was provided by Fisher Center LAB, which receives funding from members of the Live Arts Bard Creative Council, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, and the Fisher Center’s Artistic Innovation Fund, with lead support from Rebecca Gold and additional funding from The William and Lia G. Poorvu Family Foundation.

This performance by Elevator Repair Service 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. Ulysses was commissioned by and developed at Symphony Space. On June 16, 2022, Symphony Space presented an early iteration of the piece for its annual one-night-only “Bloomsday on Broadway” event.

Elevator Repair Service is also supported with funds from The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, Jockey Hollow Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, 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.

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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