Dead City


By Sheila Callaghan
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick
July 16 – August 16, 2009

“Gorgeously realized… tends to challenge six different theatrical conventions before the first act break.”
— Washington City Paper

On June 16, 2004 (the 100th anniversary of the day Bloom and Dedalus wandered Joyce’s Dublin), Samantha Blossom’s odyssey begins over breakfast when she discovers a letter from her husband’s lover. Reacting to the sting of her husband’s infidelity and from the pain of her son’s death, she embarks on a surreal journey in which she encounters a Manhattan she has never seen.

This dark, hip and ultra-theatrical reimagining of James Joyce’s Ulysses reverses the genders of the main characters and updates the landscape to a mind-bending Manhattan. Sheila Callaghan’s distinctive style makes the mundane electric and turns conversation into poetry.

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FEATURING Company Members Tim Getman and Grady Weatherford with Wyckham Avery, Rachel Beauregard, Val Fenton, Danny Gavigan and Lee Matthews
DESIGNED BY Company Member Matthew Frederick (Sound Designer)with Eric Grims (Set Designer), Frank Labovitz (Costume Designer), Andrew R. Cissna (Lighting Designer) and Becca Dieffenbach (Props Designer)
WITH Casey Kaleba (Fight Choreographer), Emily Levin (Assistant Director), Leah Hamos (Dramaturg), Lauren Cucarola (Assistant Costume Designer), Kate Lucibella (Technical Director), Robert Brown (Master Electrician) and Trey Carnley (Master Carpenter)
PRODUCED BY Jenny McConnell Frederick and Randy Baker

DEAD CITY was sponsored in part by generous support from Jeffery Cunard and from Susan & Dixon Butler.

SEASON 9 was sponsored in part by generous contributions from The Dobranski Foundation and Pete Miller & Sara Cormeny.

Performed in the DEVINE THEATRE at Georgetown University’s Royden B. Davis, S.J. Performing Arts Center