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Nora and Jim

Relive the love story that inspired a literary legend."Nora and Jim" takes you on a poignant journey through the lives of Irish writer James Joyce and his muse Nora Barnacle. Witness their enduring love as they reminisce on years of passion, laughter, and the birth of literary genius. Don't miss this enchanting Irish play.

Featuring Lisa Dobbyn and Johnny O'Callaghan. Written by Nora Connolly, Directed by  Ronan Wilmot, Produced by Marcus Fox and Musical Accompaniment by Dermot Kiernan.

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The Glendale Room

June 6th, 7th, 8th, @ 8pm

June 13th, 14th, 15th @ 8pm

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The Broadwater Studio

June 9th @ 12:30pm | June 16th @ 2pm

June 17th @ 9:30pm

About the Play

"I offer you my heart."  -  "I'll hold you to that."

www.noraandjim.com

Nora and Jim is an original new play by Nora Connolly, written for the Centenary Celebrations of Bloomsday in 2022. "Nora and Jim" intricately weaves the enchanting tale of James Joyce and his beloved muse, Nora Barnacle. Bound by a fervent passion, their journey is a symphony of love amidst the tumultuous winds of life. Departing Dublin on a crisp October evening in 1904, their elopement ignites a flame of romance  that inspired a literary legend.

The original production enjoyed a sell-out run in Dublin, Ireland and has gone on to tour Europe, as well as a private audience at Aras an Uachtarain. This is the US premiere of "Nora and Jim". 

"Nora and Jim" is presented by The Irish Sea, in association with the Contemporary Irish Arts Center, Los Angeles (CIACLA) with ongoing guidance and support from Kevin Cronin and Dublin Theatre Productions

Cast & Crew

Lisa Dobbyn – Nora

Lisa Dobbyn – Nora

Lisa has worked extensively on stage and screen in Los Angeles. She began her stage career playing the role of Varya in The Cherry Orchard in 2001, directed by Ronan Wilmot. Twenty-three years later, she is delighted to again collaborate with her first director, playing the great Nora Barnacle. Stage credits include: The Human Spirit (Odyssey Theatre, LA), Loyal Women, Dockers, The Muesli Belt, Eclipsed (Theatre Banshee, LA). Screen credits include: S.W.A.T., The Rookie, For All Mankind, The Offer, The Daily Show and a recurring role on 911: Lone Star. 
Johnny O’Callaghan – Jim

Johnny O’Callaghan – Jim

JOHNNY O’CALLAGHAN’S one man show Who’s Your Daddy? played to Sold Out houses in LA, New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre, The Edinburgh Festival and Crow’s Toronto, Canada. He began acting with the Belfast Youth and Community Theatre, to unite Protestant and Catholic actors. The North American premier of Conor McPherson’s Rum and Vodka followed in New York, LA and Toronto, leading to recordings with NBC and HBO. Other Off-Broadway successes are Ladies and Gents in Central Park, Howie The Rookie at The Irish Arts Center. The Hostage at The Irish Repertory. Regionally he played Anatol in the The Affairs of Anatol, The Lonesome West (The Odyssey), The Live Full Monty and Godzilla in Crow’s Theatre North American premiere. He’s played Bloomsday at the HAMMER (a founding member since 2010). He has also played the role of Stephen Dedalus in Bloomsday on Broadway. He joined the sci-fi world by recurring as Niam on the TV series Startgate Atlantis. Other film and TV credits include Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were The Mulvaneys, CBS’s The Agency, the Independent hit Clutch, the CBS movie of the week Deep In My Heart, Haven’t We Met Before and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. The miniseries ZOS Zone of Separation and Forest for Comedy Central. Johnny was named Irish man of the year in LA, 2016 and is also one of LA’s most sought after therapists. His private practice is in the Hollywood Hills, and now over zoom.
Ronan Wilmot – Director

Ronan Wilmot – Director

Ronan is one of the most celebrated artists in modern Irish theatre. A veteran of the stage, in 1980, Ronan joined The Royal Shakespeare Company, where he appeared in seven productions including Trevor Nunn’s award winning production of Juno and the Paycock. Other stage appearances include Strawboys (Peacock Theatre), A Tale of Two Cities (Gate Theatre), Juno and the Paycock (Chicago Theatre Festival) and a tour of England with The Plough and the Stars Ronan’s director credits include Mr. Joyce Is Leaving Paris by Tom Gallagher and Hatchet by Heno Magee. (Kings Head, Islington) He directed and starred in The Entertainer at the New Theatre. Other directorial credits include The Ginger Man, Shirley Valentine, The Entertainer, The Cherry Orchard and The Hostage (The New Theatre, Dublin), Exiles and The Homecoming (Friends of the Opera Theatre, Berlin) and Murder In The Cathedral (Christ Church Cathedral) to name but a few. He most recently toured Ireland with The Tailor and Antsy.
Nora Connolly – Writer

Nora Connolly – Writer

Nora Connolly trained at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She has performed at the National Theatre, The Bristol Old Vic, The Tricycle, The Riverside Studios, The Royal Lyceum, The Edinburgh Festival and many other regional theatres throughout the UK. Nora has performed in many Irish plays including ‘The Playboy of The Western World’, ‘Shadow of a Gunman’, ‘The Plough and The Stars’, ‘Juno And The Paycock’, ‘The Midnight Court’, ‘Translations’, ‘Rouge, Rifles and Revolvers’, ‘Dancing At Lughnasa’, ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ and ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’.Her most recent theatre work includes ‘These Halcyon Days’ by Deirdre Kinahan in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her T.V. work includes ‘Fresh Meat’ and the upcoming T.V. version of ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’.

Her devised one woman show ‘Nora’s Bloomsday’ has been performed at the Liverpool Arts Festival and The Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith.

Marcus Fox – Producer

Marcus Fox – Producer

Marcus Fox is an Emmy award winning executive producer and director with over twenty years of experience in film, documentaries and non- scripted tv genres. In addition to a wealth of non-scripted hits, such as “The Osbournes”, “The Anna Nicole Show” and “Road Rules”, Marcus helped create and executive produce three seasons of the multi award- winning kids series, “Paradise Run”. Fox has directed and produced “Hollywood Trials” for RTE and helped create the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival. He holds an honorary Irish man accolade from the Mayor of Los Angeles.

Dermot Kiernan – Musical Accompaniment

Dermot Kiernan – Musical Accompaniment

Dermot Kiernan is a native of Ireland and hails from County Meath. His Bachelor’s degree is in classical accordion performance, and he has competed internationally on the instrument. He also holds a Master’s degree from The National University of Ireland, Maynooth in Medieval Music Performance and Musicology. He holds another master’s degree from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, studying with medieval scholars, Benjamin Bagby and Katarina Livljanic. In 2009, he joined the Aontas Choral Ensemble as part of the internationally acclaimed music group Celtic Woman, touring internationally with them for six years. Dermot joined the prestigious Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2018 and performs regularly with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2020, he joined the cast of the Master Chorale’s production of Lagrime di San Pietro directed by Peter Sellars and collaborated with artist Doug Aitken for his installation Mirage in Gstaad, Switzerland, performing Mr. Aitken’s Song Mirror. Dermot’s voice can be heard on various TV and Film soundtracks including Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Disney’s Jungle Cruise and as a soloist on the hit TV shows Vikings and Quantico. He is sought after as a pianist and guitarist, and he tours regularly across the US and Europe.

Kindly Supported by Government of Ireland's Emigrant Support Program