Immersive The Dead, 1904 to Return Off-Broadway for Third Consecutive Year

Off-Broadway News   Immersive The Dead, 1904 to Return Off-Broadway for Third Consecutive Year
The show will return to The American Irish Historical Society’s historic townhouse, once again restored to period decoration.
Boyd Gaines in <i>The Dead, 1904</i> in 2016
Boyd Gaines in The Dead, 1904 in 2016

The immersive production of The Dead, 1904 will return to New York for the third year in a row following sold-out runs in 2016 and 2017. The show is an adaptation of James Joyce’s short story The Dead staged in The American Irish Historical Society’s historic townhouse on the Upper East Side (complete with dinner and wine served in the dining room).

The Dead, 1904 will return to the same location at 991 Fifth Avenue, New York, where it will run November 17–January 13, 2019. Casting for the return engagement will be announced at a later date.


The Dead, 1904 is presented by Irish Repertory Theatre, Dot Dot Productions, and The American Irish Historical Society.

Joyce’s story is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, with direction by Irish Rep co-founder Ciarán O’Reilly. The story follows a couple who attend a holiday party in 1904 Dublin. As the snow gently falls outside, the pair contemplates life and the future while the evening’s guests dance, sing, eat, and drink.

The production will officially open November 29.

The original production of The Dead, 1904 starred Kate Burton (Scandal, The Elephant Man) and four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines (Gypsy, Contact). The cast also featured Patricia Kilgarriff, Aedin Moloney, Peter Cormican, Barrie Kreinik, Terry Donnelly, James Russell, Clare O’Malley, Heather Martin Bixler, Patti Perkins, and Karl Scully.

The Dead, 1904 features costume design by Leon Dobkowski (The Weir), lighting design by Michael Gottlieb (The Home Place), sound design by M. Florian Staab (Curvy Widow), properties and interior design by Deirdre Brennan (The Burial at Thebes), and hair and wigs by Robert-Charles Vallance (Jitney). Choreography is by Barry McNabb (Finian’s Rainbow), with Stephen Gabis (Present Laughter) serving as dialect consultant and Mark Hartman (Pageant – The Musical) as music consultant.

Tickets to The Dead, 1904 begin at $150 and are on sale through Irish Rep’s box office by calling (212) 727-2737 or online at

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