DUBLINERS: A QUARTET Set for Greene Space at WNYC, 6/28-29
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 Irishmen 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 at WNYC and WQXR, in association with Irish Arts Center, presents DUBLINERS: A QUARTET, a newly-commissioned suite of audio plays written by award-winning playwright Arthur Yorinks and inspired by Joyce's stories.
DUBLINERS will be performed on Saturday, June 28 at 7pm and Sunday, June 29 at 4:30pm. Conceived as an immersive theatrical experience, the performance will include an extended intermission featuring an Irish supper and drinks. Tickets on sale now at www.thegreenespace.org/dubliners. Audiences around the globe will be able to join via live video webcast at www.thegreenespace.org
The works are drawn from four Dubliners stories - "Araby," "Eveline," "Clay," and "The Dead," - with the first three representing the three stages of life in Joyce's work: childhood, adolescence, and maturity. The final story, "The Dead," completes the suite.
A single company of noted actors will perform all four plays 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 traditional Irish music performed live by an ensemble of musicians and singers.
In July 2014, DUBLINERS: A QUARTET will be released as a podcast and on-demand video for online audiences in July 2014. Additional digital content will include interviews with Joyce scholars and enthusiasts, testimonials from readers of all ages on their reactions to and memories of Dubliners, and a sneak peek video of the production featuring interviews with the director, playwright, and music director.
"There is a connective tissue between all of Joyce's Dubliners stories, and the poetic echoes in the four I've chosen recall a suite in four movements," said Yorinks. "Music is an indelible part of Irish culture and it naturally runs through these stories like threads in a tapestry. This unique production of DUBLINERS: A QUARTET is not only faithful to and illuminating of Joyce's literary triumph, but offers the audience a Joycean experience in its own right. It's a delight to present this work in one of the few spaces committed to multiplatform storytelling, The Greene Space."
"Since launching five years ago, The Greene Space has been ahead of the curve, offering artists of all stripes an avenue to create multi-dimensional, multiplatform commissioned works that work intimately as a live event but which also are conveniently available for enjoyment on demand," said Noreen O'Loughlin, General Manager, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. "We're thrilled to present such an enduring work as Dubliners in a way that allows for many touchpoints and deep audience engagement."
A New Theater of Sound is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
The Greene Space is supported, in part, by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.