October 6th is “Ivy Day,” anniversary of the death of Charles Stewart Parnell, the Irish Nationalist leader who died on that day in 1891. In this staged reading of a new play based on James Joyce’s story of the same name, The Here Comes Everybody Players enact Joyce’s original plot and dialogue with a twenty-first century twist.
Three strands of Irish political life represented in the story have endured and remain active today, north and south: left-wing Nationalism, conservative Nationalism, and Unionism. Characters in the original story are all men. In the play, three of the main characters representing these political strands are portrayed by women, which reflects contemporary reality while also challenging us to consider the changed influence of women in public life.
Presented in collaboration with The James Joyce Centre, Dublin and Joyceborough, a Dublin-based James Joyce reading group.
It will feature actors performing live in Ireland and the U.S. concurrently, with a welcome message from Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Dan Mulhall.