Directed by Josh Way & Jean Sheikh

At a crossroads, difIrish Theatre press releaseferent roads intersect, and one must choose a path.

Where: The Irish International Immigrant Center, 100 Franklin St., LL-1, Boston, MA 02110

When: 7:30 PM, Friday October 18 & Saturday, October 19, 2013

Suggested Donation: $25 per person

For reservations, email or call 617-542-7654 ext. 50.

All proceeds will support the Irish International Immigrant Center programs and services for immigrants from Ireland and from across the world.

Join The Here Comes Everybody Players and the Irish International Immigrant Center for four short pieces of Irish theatre, accompanied with live traditional Irish music, exploring the consequences, both social and personal, of the choices one makes at the crossroads of dreams, chance, and time.

Ithaca, adapted from the penultimate chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses, depicts the chance meeting of the novel’s two wandering protagonists, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, after a long midsummer’s night of debauchery in Dublin’s bars and brothels.

Molly Bloom, Leopold Bloom’s plain-spoken and sensuous wife, reflects on the choices she has made in love and marriage in a frank, bawdy, lyrical stream-of-consciousness monologue adapted from Penelope, the final chapter of Ulysses.

In a poignant scene from Brian Friel’s Translations, a young English soldier is assigned to a remote Irish-speaking village to record place names for the first mapping of the area in 1833.  Despite cultural and linguistic complications, he dreams of settling in this place with these people; while his Irish translator, Owen, struggles with his decision to leave the village and change his fortunes, a path that circuitously continues to bring him back to the very place he left.

A hotel room outside Dublin is the setting for Nancy Harris’s contemporary play, Love in a Glass Jar, which explores a modern woman’s battle against her biological clock, her decision to conceive in an unconventional way, and the man she has found on the Internet with the ability to help her.  This will be the North American premiere of this one-act play.

The Here Comes Everybody Players, a Boston-based theater group, focuses on dramatizations of the work of James Joyce.  The group uses the medium of drama to make Joyce’s unusual and linguistically challenging writings accessible to audience members who may not be familiar with his work or who may find solitary reading of the books somewhat intimidating.   Performances not only celebrate the richness of Joyce’s unique language, but also bring to vivid life the humor and humanity of his characters and stories.

Over the years, the HCE players have adapted and performed pieces from virtually all of Joyce’s work, including Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Hero and Dubliners.  The upcoming show is a departure, as it will be the group’s first public performance of work by other Irish authors.

In addition to conventional theatrical performances, the HCE Players have performed in academic settings at colleges and universities as part of conferences, seminars and classes, where the theatrical adaptations can help understanding of complex literary works.