Only Jealousy of Emer, The


The Only Jealousy of Emer
"'The Only Jealousy of Emer'... is the fifth in Yeats' cycle of 'dancer plays' on the subject of the legendary Irish king, Cuchulain. Each play is modeled in intent, rather than in exact theatrical detail... Each is complete in itself, yet there is a degree of cross-reference between the plays. For the purposes of understanding Emer it is sufficient to know that in the immediately previous play, Cuchulain unwittingly kills his own son [and then] goes mad with grief and rushes into the sea [and] drowns... His wife Emer, whom he had abandoned many years before for a succession of young mistresses, refuses to accept his death..."

Source: Program: ETC Company's Five Repertory Productions [OBJ.1972.0036]