"In a letter to Lady Gregory (playwright behind Spreading the News), fellow Irish writer W.B. Yeats concluded that, along with their counterparts, they were “the first to create a true ‘People’s Theatre’ … making articulate of all the dumb classes each with its own knowledge of the world, its own dignity, but all objective … of the office and the workshop, of the newspaper and the street, of mechanism and of politics.” The voice of drama in Ireland was changing from the poetic to the realistic, and Joyce’s hand in this can be seen in his very own Dubliners; a work which, despite (or more accurately because of) its realism, went nearly unpublished due to content. A theatregoer himself, Joyce could be found in the audience of Yeats’ plays (produced in Dublin), usually cheering because of their thematic challenge of moral standards. By today’s standards, Joyce’s material may seem tame, but in 1914 it was challenging the norm to speak for the “dumb” – for those who were without a platform to speak. Amongst the throng of those without a voice, we find the women of Ireland." (from the introduction by Matthew S. Hinton
About the Book:An Evening with Joyce's Women is comprised of the dramatizations of three stories from Dubliners: 'The Boarding House,' 'Eveline,' and 'The Dead.' Ranging from viciously comic to hauntingly melancholy, the women in these plays lived in the early 1900's, repressed by their society, their family constellations, and their religion. But the savagery of a Mrs. Mooney, the quiet humiliation and captiulation of an Eveline, and the wistful, romantic, unrequited dreams of a Greta Conroy reflect the ever present challeges faced by contemporary women, some of whom still survive by wielding corporate cleavers; allowing family needs to consume their own futures; or buy binding themselves into unsatisfactory, but "socially acceptable," marital unions.
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About the Aurhor: A graduate of New York University, David Klein has specialized in teaching writing at several schools, among them Carnegie-Mellon University and Norfolk State University and is the author of a book on technical writing. Several of his plays have been performed in the New York area. As a college professor dedicated to uplifting students with challenges, he has developed a proficiency in the adaptation of literary works for the stage, enabling students of all ages to develop an appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship of writers for all genres.