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    Finnegan's Wake

    A new work for the theatre created from the classic modernist novel by James Joyce. Joyce's novel has been praised as both a "comprehensive summa of twentieth- century culture and letters" and as farce "as delightful and entertaining as any round of earthy barroom jokes." Finnegans Wake is a boisterous, mind bending dream play damning and praising humankind and its attempts at civilization. Set in a Dublin pub the Finnegans — Father, mother, two sons and daughter, along with the denizens of the pub, drink, dream, assume the roles of mythic and historical figures, love and fight and live and die and hope that their lifelong pathetic, comic and noble struggle will lead to some kind of spiritual rebirth. The piece is acted, chanted, sung, danced, stomped and howled. With its juxtopositions of the elevated and the vulgar, "there's lots of fun at Finnegans Wake." Medicine Show's readings of the text last year made it clear that the text was always meant to be read out loud. Medicine Show is an award winning ensemble that has experimented with text, form, and non- conventional scripts for over thirty years. There will be original and traditional music by composer Chris McGlumphy performed live on viol da gamba, flutes, and drums, and Irish dancing by award- winning Irish dancer Colleen Quigley. The cast includes Yascha Bilan, Mark Gering, Sarah Engelke, Timothy Reynolds, John McConnel, Richard de Domenico, Irene Califano, and Barbara Vann.

    Dates:  May 13, 2004 - May 30, 2004
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m.
    Venue:  Medicine Show Theatre, 549 West 52nd 3rd floor
    Price:  $20, students, seniors and unemployed $15
    Company:  Medicine Show Theatre
    Tickets/info:  (212) 262-4216


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