Bloomsday is named for Leopold Bloom, the main character of Joyce’s great novel Ulysses, set in Dublin on June 16, 1904. Today, Bloomsday is celebrated annually throughout the world on June 16.This year, Bloomsday will be celebrated in Boston by The Here Comes Everybody Players, a Boston-based theater group that focuses on dramatic interpretations of Joyce’s literary work. The production will also include a scene from Mary Manning’s theatrical adaptation, Passages from Finnegans Wake, based closely on Joyce’s novel of the same name, as well as Nuvoletta, a passage from Finnegans Wake. The scene will be set to music by the American composer Samuel Barber, as well as other music associated with Joyce and his writings.
“Joyce’s work can be difficult and impenetrable for the reader,” says director Jean Sheikh. “The process of dramatization brings it to life and helps the audience to both hear and see the humor and the humanity in Joyce’s writing and characters.” Bloomsday promises to be thought-provoking, funny, moving, and true to Joyce’s work. The performance will be a fundraiser for the Irish International Immigrant Center, a not-for-profit organization that assists immigrants from all over the world with the challenges of settling in a new country and culture and becoming part of American society.
The event is on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th 2012 at 8:00pm with a reception following each performance at 100 Franklin Street, LL-1, Boston 100 Franklin Street, MA 02110
For more information, visit www.iiicenter.org. Reservations (recommended) can be made my calling or emailing 617-542-7654 or [email protected]. Suggested Donation: $25. All proceeds support the services of the Irish International Immigrant Center.