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Mabou Mines, a New York-based theater company that has won more than 50 major awards, will perform Lucia’s Chapters at Colby on Friday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strider Theater, Runnals Building, on the Waterville campus.

Since its inception in 1970, the artists of Mabou Mines have created 70 original productions in English, Spanish and French. Their works, which have toured extensively both nationally and internationally, are at the forefront of experimentation in technology, international collaboration, and multi-disciplinary creations with visual artists, puppeteers and composers.

Lucia’s Chapters explores the life and death of Lucia Joyce, the adored daughter of James Joyce. As a young woman in Paris, Lucia’s life was filled with writers, artists and intellectuals. She was a dancer and a painter. Her father believed Lucia to be the true inheritor of his genius. But while still in her twenties, her behavior grew erratic. For the next 50 years, until her death in 1982, Lucia was confined to a mental hospital for schizophrenia.

This stunning production imagines Lucia’s afterlife as she navigates, using her own “Book of the Dead,” a journey toward final illumination. Haunted by a dark figure, Lucia struggles with her past and her fate and, in turn, sheds light on her place in the Joyce legacy. Weaving movement and language, Lucia’s Chapters reveals a brilliant yet deeply troubled woman who is perhaps best understood through her father’s work.

Lucia’s Chapters is written and directed by Sharon Fogarty and performed by Ruth Maleczech and Robert Besserer with projection by Julie Archer.

Tickets are $2 with Colby I.D. and for seniors, $3 for general admission.

Other Theater and Dance performances at Colby this spring are:

Written and adapted by Steve Kidd ’97
March 2-3, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building, Colby College
Sigh/Omelas is a poignant drama about children who are affected by and afflicted with HIV and AIDS. This powerful play is based upon Kidd’s experiences working with these children in a summer camp. He portrays four characters and the narrator. His original dramatic text is interwoven with Ursula LeGuin’s haunting and provocative story of the fictional utopian city of Omelas, where people live in perpetual happiness and joy … but at what cost? (Mature teens and adults. Approximately one hour and 15 minutes.)

Wonder of the World
By David Lindsay-Abaire
April 12-14, 7:30 p.m., and April 14, 2 p.m.
The Studio Theater, The Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville
A whimsical, wicked tragicomedy that launches a heroine, Cass Harris, on a surreal journey of self-discovery when she comes across the dirty little secret her husband has kept from her. With the help of a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, and a band of zany characters, Cass sets out to right wrongs and live the life she’s always dreamt of — even if it kills her. (Mature teens and adults. Approximately two hours.)

On the Verge
By Eric Overmyer
April 26-28, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building, Colby College
Three “lady explorers” from the United States at the turn of the 20th century travel through time instead of space to discover the terra incognita of their own future. This contemporary text is based on the lives and stories of real women who participated in the complicated acts of exploration and colonization that have shaped our present reality.  (Teens and adults. Approximately two hours.)