Panel & Characters
The Text - introduction
play introduces Finnegans
Wake in a playful
rather than didactic manner. Accordingly,
while the script utilizes actual text from the book, it twists, revises
and rearranges it, puts words into the mouths of those who never said them
and generally violates times and sequence - to capture a Joycean mood
while making Finnegans
a 7-layer cake.
the bottom layer is HCE, a tavern-keeper with wife, ALP, and three children.
layer: they are Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel, and all who fall.
layer: Tristan and Isolde and King Mark.
mythological layer: Finn MacCool, King Arthur's Court, the giants that
walked the earth.
layer: Parnell, Napoleon, Wellington.
Wagner, Irish airs, popular songs, children's games, nursery rhymes.
language, writing, printing, press, radio, TV.
seven layers and more are mixed and stirred - ABRACADABRA! a marble cake -
(in order of appearance)
Anna Livia Plurabelle, aka ALP
Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, aka HCE
Shem & Shaun
All the action takes place someplace.
I At the Wake
Scene II Marriage and the
Scene III The Crime in the
Scene IV Young & Old, Love
& Incest, Tristan & Isolde
Scene V Buckley and the Russian
Scene VI Back to the Wake