Cara Lucia
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" 'Cara Lucia' Mabou Mines also enjoys experimenting with language and augmenting it with well-matched music by Carter Burwell and assorted projections and choreography. Some of it is quite moving, like a moment in which the old and the young Lucia dance in a blue light. And the fade-out that closes this odd and oddly compelling work is subtle and beautiful." - Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, April 25, 2003.


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Production Info

Written and Directed by Sharon Fogarty

Additional Writing by Lee Breuer

Set and Lighting by Jim Clayburgh

Music by Carter Burwell

Projection Design by Julie Archer

Choreography by J'aime Morrison

Sound Design by Dean Parker

Starring Ruth Maleczech, Clove Galilee, Rosemary Fine

U.S. Premiere April, 2003, HERE Arts Center, NYC


The play CARA LUCIA concerns James Joyce's daughter Lucia. It was producted by New York-based theatre company Mabou Mines.

As a young woman in Paris during the 1920's Lucia Joyce danced, painted illuminated letters for her father's books, and fell in love with Samuel Beckett and Alexander Calder. By 1932, however, Lucia's behavior had become strange and erratic. She eventually found herself in a mental hospital where she would live for the next forty-seven years. James Joyce suffered great and prolonged anxiety over his daughter and tried every possible means to find a cure for her before his death. He believed she was the natural inheritor of his genius. Those who knew him well have said that the great tragedy of James Joyce’s later life was the mental illness of his beloved daughter Lucia.

As a theatrical ode, CARA LUCIA navigates Lucia's final journey through her imagined afterlife facing her tumultuous past and her legacy as a literary reflection in her father’s final work "Finnegans Wake."

Audio Samples

This music was composed and performed by Carter Burwell on accordion and electronics. Here are some pieces from the score:

 Title   Format   Size 
Overture    mp3    3M
Every Day Precious    mp3    1M
Mad Lucia parts 1-3    mp3    2M
Amourlight    mp3    1M
Gleaming in the Gloaming    mp3    3M
Wildwood's Eyes    mp3    1M
Nuvoletta Reflected    mp3    1M
The Book    mp3    1M
Epilogue    mp3    2M

For an explanation of the columns above, click here.


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