Bloomsday Celebration: Molly Bloom's Soliloquy from ULYSSES
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eunice Wong
June 11, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
To celebrate Bloomsday, award-winning actress Eunice Wong will read one of the greatest monologues in the English language, Molly Bloom's moving river of sensual late-night musings, that concludes James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses.
What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
When I'm not acting, I'm being a mom to my two kids, Konrad (5) & Marina (2), and wife to my husband Chris! I am also the Books Editor for Truthdig (www.truthdig.com), a certified personal trainer, and I practice circus aerials (trapeze, aerial silks, & aerial rope). www.eunicewong.com
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I'm most excited about an upcoming credit, because it will be my first production since taking several years off to raise my kids: next season I'll be in the world premiere of Lydia Diamond's "Smart People" at the Huntington Theatre (2013 Tony Award winner of Best Regional Theatre, whoo-hoo!). With husband and kids in tow, acting will be a whole new adventure... Other credits include "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow" (Atlantic), "Faust" (Classic Stage), "Antigone" & "House of Bernarda Alba" (NAATCO), "Top Girls" (Guthrie), "Iphigeneia at Aulis" (Yale Rep), the Helen Hayes Award for Lead Actress for "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow" (Studio Theatre, DC), Barrymore Award nomination for Lead Actress for "An Infinite Ache" (Walnut Street Theatre).
Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
I'll be reading the entire last chapter of a monumental novel, "Ulysses." James Joyce himself said that chapter is the key to the book. And the very last few pages, to me, are utterly breathtaking in their beauty -- Joyce's prose is elevated into verse; it becomes pure poetry. The last few minutes are a tumble of Molly's memories from girlhood that coalesce into the remembrance of a particular afternoon that was the gateway into the rest of her life.
Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
CUPID. His mom, Aphrodite, would also love it -- lots of hot and steamy parts.
Who are your heroes?
Sitting Bull, Jeanne d'Arc, Wu Mei (look her up), Bill Shakespeare, Marcel Proust, Sam Beckett, Etty Hillesum, Crazy Horse, Glenn Gould, Emily Bronte, Henrietta Lacks, Anton Chekhov, Malcolm X, Uta Hagen, James Joyce, Joan Didion, Batman.