Dot Dot Productions and THE DEAD, 1904


THE DEAD, 1904, my immersive theater adaptation (with Paul Muldoon) of James Joyce’s classic story, was produced by Dot Dot Productions LLC and mounted by the Irish Repertory Theatre from November 19th, 2016 through January 7th, 2017 at the American Irish Historical Society on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. With very few exceptions at the beginning of the run, all performances were sold out. Dot Dot Productions expects to revive THE DEAD, 1904 in the fall of 2017. To learn more and be informed when tickets become available, please join the mailing list on our website.

Interested in mounting your own production of the play? We hope to make the script available for licensing to other theater companies in the near future. And yes, the script will be available in book form. And yes, future productions are definitely in the works from Dot Dot Productions, LLC.

For more information on the production, including media and review attention, please see our website: THEDEAD1904.COM

This should be a dinner party to remember.

The Irish Repertory Theater is planning an immersive production of James Joyce’s famous short story “The Dead” at a historic house in which some theatergoers will participate in the holiday meal at the heart of the tale.

The new adaptation is being written by Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet who is the poetry editor of The New Yorker, and his wife, the novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz. The actress Kate Burton, a three-time Tony nominee, has agreed to star.

The production, which is being called “The Dead, 1904,” will be staged at an Upper East Side townhouse owned by the American Irish Historical Society, and will accommodate just 42 people per night, at $300 each for the play, dinner and drinks. (Everyone will get food, but only a handful will be served alongside the actors at the dinner party.) Some discounted tickets will be available by lottery.

The play will be financed in part by Dot Dot Productions, a company made up of Ms. Korelitz and her sister, Nina Korelitz Matza. The director is Ciaran O’Reilly, the producing director of Irish Rep. The production is scheduled to run from Nov. 19 to Jan. 7.

“The Dead” was published in 1914 as part of a collection of short stories called “Dubliners.” It has been adapted several times previously, including as a 1987 film starring Anjelica Huston, and as a 2000 Broadway musicalstarring Christopher Walken and Blair Brown.