Finnegans Wake in Performance

ShemSong with Mike Watt
(an ongoing Multimedia project)

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Starting in November of 2015 and culminating with its release in May of 2017, my collaboration with rock bassist Mike Watt on a music/spoken-word adaptation of Finnegans Wake chapter 7 – commonly referred to as “Shem the Penman” is now available at Derek Pyle’s “Waywords and Meansigns” website. I am presently working on a film using the audio piece as soundtrack, and links to both audio- and film-clips can be found on my latest blogpage. Enjoy.


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That’s right:

Just because it’s the most notoriously difficult book to read in the English language doesn’t mean you should start hyperventilating. One word at a time is sometimes the best you can hope for, so breathe…

But here’s the exciting part: there are a lot of inroads to getting the hang of this truly remarkable book. The first thing we’d like to suggest is:

Come see the show.

The title is (you guessed it) DON’T PANIC: it’s only Finnegans Wake, and its biggest feature is Joyce’s own amazing language itself, performed – always off book – by me (Adam Harvey), and beside me on the stage is a running, animated, twelve-foot high projection of the text. Peppered with commentary, occasional explanations, audience sing-alongs, or just simple declarations of amazement at what Joyce accomplished, DON’T PANIC is essentially a celebration of language – spoken, printed, sung, and anything else you can think of to do with it. It’s all in there, so join the fun.


Upcoming shows:


 Molloy

Molloy College, New York

details forthcoming


Previous shows:


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18th annual New York International Fringe Festival
Venue #12: 64 East 4th Street UNDERGROUND

Five performances only, no two exactly alike.

Friday, August 8th, 5:00pm
Sunday, August 10th, 3:30pm
Thursday, August 14th, 8:45pm
Friday, August 15th, 4:15pm
Sunday, August 17th, 9:15pm



January 31-Febrary 2, 2014
three performances

Teatro Paraguas
3205 Calle Marie Suite B
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505


Joyce in Charleston
July 12, 2013 – single performance

2013 International James Joyce Conference
The College of Charleston