United States v. One Book Called Ulysses

Date: Friday 19th March 2021
Time: 8pm (Dublin Time)

United States v. One Book Called Ulysses, is an online theatrical presentation of the greatest literary trial of the twentieth century, pitting the publishers, Random House, against the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, which viewed James Joyce’s Ulysses as scandalous and obscene.

Writer Colin Murphy and AboutFace Theatre have been commissioned by The James Joyce Centre, Dublin to create this funny and dynamic retelling of the Woolsey Judgement of 1933. It is based on documentary materials with thanks to RTE journalist Declan Dunne, author of Set at Random – The Book That Wouldn’t Lie Down.

“If we can’t publish and read Ulysses, then what is the use of anything?  – Kevin Birmingham, The Most Dangerous Book, The Struggle for James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Colin Murphy is a playwright, screenwriter and journalist. For Fishamble Theatre Company, he has written a series of political documentary dramas, two of which, Guaranteed! and Haughey/Gregory, are published by Bloomsbury. His scripts have been nominated for an Irish Theatre Award, an Irish Film and Television Academy award and a Celtic Media Award. He writes a weekly column for the Sunday Business Post.

AboutFACE theatre, find and develop great plays – funny and moving, thrilling and thought-provoking, revealing and inspiring – from Ireland, the United States and beyond, and bring these to vivid life with electric acting from our passionate ensemble of professional actors. Our mission is to nurture audiences and artists for great theatre. Founded in 2002, AboutFACE’s recent productions include the world premieres of The Gods of the Ozarks, Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol and the award-winning Transatlantic Tales, as well as the annual NEWvember New Plays Festival, the monthly Great Plays Gang, and a range of developmental workshops and readings. AboutFACE is Theatre Company in Residence 2021 at the Civic in South Dublin.

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