The Wild Geese Players of Seattle

Promo video for Molly Bloom's Soliloquy

We believe that poetry and certain novels are best read aloud, that some words are better heard than read. Every year, we perform a staged reading of part of James Joyce's novel Ulysses. Occasionally, we do other readings too.

Ulysses takes place on June 16th, 1904, the date now known as Bloomsday. It follows the wanderings of Leopold Bloom, a Jewish everyman, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer and Joyce's alter ego, as they wander the streets of Dublin. The centenary of Bloomsday, June 16th, 2004, was celebrated worldwide.

The Other Bloomsday: Penelope Reading: June 16th, 2013

In this, our sixteenth year, we conclude Ulysses! We will present a staged reading of Chapter 18, “Penelope” aka Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, on 3pm on Sunday, June 16th, 2013, at The Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

More about the Penelope Reading | Press Release.

The Players

The Wild Geese Players have been staging readings of Irish literature, by writers such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, in Seattle since 1998. We are a diverse group of people with an interest in Irish literature, and most of us are either Irish-born or have Irish connections. More generally, the Wild Geese refers to the Irish diaspora, after the original Wild Geese, exiled Irish soldiers and their descendants who served in European armies in the 16th–18th centuries.