“When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.” — James Joyce.
Spend an evening in James Joyce’s Dublin, and meet its ordinary—and extraordinary—citizens.
James Joyce’s Dubliners, once considered scandalous, sacrilegious—and, for a decade, unpublishable—this year celebrates its 100th year in print. The stories in the collection peer into the lives of everyday Irish men and women—the poor, the ordinary, working girls and wandering men—portraying otherwise unremarkable people in some of the most luminous prose in the English language, recording their hopes and dreams, triumphs and tragedies in all their ragged humanity.
On the occasion of this landmark anniversary, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, in association with the Irish Arts Center, presents DUBLINERS: A QUARTET, a newly commissioned audio play written by award-winning playwright Arthur Yorinks and inspired by Joyce’s stories. Audiences have two chances to see the performance: Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.
Conceived as an immersive theatrical experience, the performance will include an extended intermission featuring culinary delights and drinks from Ireland. The play is drawn from four Dubliners stories—"Araby," "Eveline," "Clay," and "The Dead"—the first three representing the stages of life in Joyce’s work: childhood, adolescence, and maturity. "The Dead" completes the suite.
A single company of noted actors will perform all four parts of the play in one evening in this multi-faceted celebration of Joyce’s work and influence on modern literature in the early part of the 20th-century. Jim Simpson, Artistic Director of The Flea Theater in Tribeca, will co-direct with Yorinks. Edward Barnes, Producing Director of The Collegiate Chorale, will serve as musical director, arranging the traditional Irish music that will be performed live. Sarah Montague will serve as dramaturg.