Bloomsday on Broadway, first conceived by Isaiah Sheffer in 1982, is live streaming readings from James Joyce's "Ulysses" this year.
Stephen Colbert introduced this year’s Bloomsday on Broadway event, which is being hosted virtually on YouTube from the Symphony Space Theater in New York City on June 16.
Bloomsday on Broadway is a celebration of James Joyce’s masterpiece “Ulysses," which was published in 1902. The novel, which is one of the most famous publications of the 20th century, follows the characters Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and Molly Bloom through a single day - June 16, 1902 - around Dublin.
Of this year's Bloomsday on Broadway event, organizers say: “Since you can't come to us, we're bringing our 39th annual Bloomsday on Broadway to you!
“Beginning at 8am on June 16th, a cavalcade of actors, authors, and musicians will drop in throughout the day with music and readings from one of the greatest literary works in history.”
Colbert, host of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ is set to be joined by some Hollywood A-listers for this year's event, including Brian Cox, Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Fiona Shaw, Dan Stevens, and more.
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Bloomsday on Broadway was created by Isaiah Sheffer in 1982. In an introduction for "yes I said yes I will Yes.: A Celebration of James Joyce, Ulysses, and 100 Years of Bloomsday," Sheffer said he designed the event for “those who are new to Joyce’s work, or awed or frightened or just simply bewildered by it, [to] be swept up and carried into Bloom’s world by the voices, the intelligence, and the brimming enthusiasm of terrific actors.”
Bloomsday on Broadway is co-presented with Irish Arts Center as part of their At Home With Irish Arts Center series of digital events. The event is supported by Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Shubert Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Grodzins Fund.
Here's the Virtual Bloomsday on Broadway 2020 schedule (all times EST), which will be streamed on YouTube:
8 AM: From Episode I
Telemachus performed by Stephen Colbert
8:45 AM: From Episode II
Nestor performed by Rita Wolf
9:30 AM: From Episode III
Proteus performed by Zach Grenier
10:15 AM: From Episode IV
Calypso performed by Fiona Shaw
10:45 AM: "Love's Old Sweet Song" performed by Nuala Kennedy & Caoimhín Vallely
11 AM: From Episode V
Lotus Eaters performed by Peter Francis James
11:45 AM: From Episode VI
Hades performed by Malachy McCourt
12:30 PM: From Episode VII
Aeolus performed by Mia Dillon
1 PM: "The Heath Bald/Miller's Maggot/Calliope House" performed by Chris Ranney & Caitlin Warbelow
1:15 PM: From Episode VIII
Lestrygonians performed by Kate Mulgrew
2 PM: From Episode IX
Scylla and Charybdis performed by Cynthia Nixon
2:45 PM: From Episode X
Wandering Rocks performed by Hugh Dancy
3:30 PM: From Episode XI
Sirens performed by Donna Lynne Champlin
4 PM: "Porthole of the Kelp" performed by Chris Ranney & Caitlin Warbelow
4:15 PM: From Episode XII
Cyclops performed by Colum McCann
5 PM: From Episode XIII
Nausicaa performed by Claire Danes
5:45 PM: From Episode XIV
Oxen of the Sun performed by Brian Cox
6:30 PM: From Episode XV
Circe performed by Dan Stevens
7:15 PM: From Episode XVI
Eumaeus performed by Juliana Canfield
7:45 PM: "Raglan Road" performed by Brenda Castles
8 PM: From Episode XVII
Ithaca performed by Denis O’Hare
8:45 PM: From Episode XVIII
Penelope performed by Kirsten Vangsness