Donald Freed
International Playwright
and Master Teacher

IS HE STILL DEAD?

[A two character Play about James and Nora Joyce]

What is fact is that in December, 1940, the Nazis were on the very heels of the audacious writer James Joyce, and by association his beloved family. He had broken all the rules, the least of which were grammatical, the most titillating of which were sexual. What is fact is that this Writer who defied all convention was the most devoted of husbands, the most loving and hearbroken of parents.

What is fact is that now pushed to the very edge of the occupied Nazi Europe, and residing precariously near Vichy France, this wounded and miraculous family had to pack up and run, like so many other, more "ordinary" families, dragging along beside them their few belongings, their one most precious possession: a small grandchild; wrenchinigly forced to leave behind their tragic mentally ill and institutionalized daughter.

What is undoubtedly true, but not factual, is h ow they sang and wept, ate and fought, planned, hoped, despaired, and then hoped again.

This is a play written in a private language, the love language of the man who reinvented language itself. These are his true but not factual ruminations about money, health, food, and, most important, the nurture and nature between he, James, and the Muse of his life, his beloved Nora.

Further inquiries regarding IS HE STILL DEAD? should be directed to Patricia Rae at 323.944.0335

IS HE STILL DEAD?

A Play by Donal Freed

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