The Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage
Moderated by: Maureen O’Rourke Murphy
Featuring Panelists: Stephen Butler and Maureen O’Rourke Murphy
Regarded as one of the great Irish playwrights, Sean O’Casey’s reach extended far beyond his homeland beginning with his first published works, the Dublin Trilogy, now in repertory on the Irish Rep mainstage.
On May 9, explore O’Casey’s impact with a free panel discussion by two leading O’Casey scholars: Stephen Butler and Maureen O’Rourke Murphy. The panel will begin with the Dublin plays and their place in world theater and then expand to cover the global reception of O’Casey’s later work, particularly in Russia and Eastern Europe. The event will conclude with an open discussion between the panelists; audience questions are welcome.
Tickets are free to this special event. Unable to watch in person? Tune in on Facebook Live.
Biography of Maureen O’Rourke Murphy, Panel Moderator:
Maureen O’Rourke Murphy is the Joseph L. Dionne Professor of Curriculum and Teaching in the School of Education, Health, and Human Services at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York. A past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and a past chair of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Murphy was one of the six senior editors of the prizewinning Dictionary of Irish Biography published in nine volumes and online by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press in 2009. Murphy directed the New York State Great Irish Famine Curriculum Project (2001), which won the National Conference for the Social Studies Excellence Award in 2002; she was the historian of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City. She is currently the historian, with John Ridge, of the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary/Watson House Project.
Murphy edited Irish Literature: A Reader (1987, rev. ed. 2006), with James MacKillop. She also edited Asenath Nicholson’s Annals of the Famine in Ireland (1998) and Ireland’s Welcome to the Stranger (2002). She edited Annie O’Donnell’s Your Fondest Annie in 2005.Her biography of Asenath Nicholson, Compassionate Stranger. Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine was published in 2016.
Murphy has been awarded honorary degrees by the State University of New York at Cortland and by the National University of Ireland. She received the President of Ireland’s Award for Service in 2015.