Here is an excerpt of scene 12
from Ulysses by Alison Vodnoy Wolf -- 


A Note:  In the script, all italicized text which is not in parentheses is the inner dialogue of the character.  It is spoken aloud as an aside to the audience. 

(Lights up on THE IRISHMAN.  He is on a grey Dublin street.  During the italicized text he speaks to the audience.)

THE IRISHMAN

I was just passing the time of day and be damned but a bloody sweep came along and he near drove his gear into my eye. I turned around to let him have the weight of my tongue when who should I see - only Joe Hynes. Lo, Joe.  How are you blowing? Did you see that bloody chimneysweep near shove my eye out with his brush?

JOE

Soot's luck.  

THE IRISHMAN

Obstructing the thoroughfare with his brooms and ladders!

JOE

What are you doing round those parts? 

THE IRISHMAN

Devil a much. There is a bloody big foxy thief by the name of Moses Herzog over there near Heytesbury street.

JOE

Circumcised?

THE IRISHMAN

Ay. A bit off the top.  But that's the most notorious bloody robber you'd meet in a day's walk and the face on him all pockmarks would hold a shower of rain.  Arrah, Joe, I've a thirst on me I wouldn't sell for half a crown.

JOE

Come around to Barney Kiernan’s.  I want to see the citizen.

THE IRISHMAN

So we turned into Barney Kiernan's and there sure enough was the citizen up in the corner and that bloody mangy mongrel, Garryowen.  There he is, says I, in his gloryhole, working for the cause.  (THE DOG lets out a fearsome grouse.  THE IRISHMAN turns to JOE.) Be a corporal work of mercy if someone would take the life of that bloody dog. I'm told for a fact he ate a good part of the breeches off a man in Santry.
JOE

(to the bartender, TERRY) Three pints, Terry. And how's the old heart, citizen? 

THE CITIZEN

Never better. (to the DOG) What Garry? Are we going to win? Eh?

(And with that THE CITIZEN takes the bloody old DOG by the scruff of the neck and, by Jesus, he near throttles him.  JOE throws a quid onto the bar.)


JOE

And there's more where that came from.

THE IRISHMAN

Were you robbing the poorbox, Joe? 

JOE

Sweat of my brow.

THE CITIZEN

How's Willy Murray those times, Alf?

ALF

I don't know. I saw him just now in Capel Street with Paddy Dignam. 

JOE

You what? With who?




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