The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of the second half of Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians”, and Chapter 9, "Scylla and Charybdis", adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, on June 16th, 2018.
Our annual Bloomsday readings started in 1998. After concluding Ulysses in 2013, we started afresh four years ago. This year, we're reading the second half of Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians”, and Chapter 9, "Scylla and Charybdis".
We pick up where we left off last year in the middle of Chapter 8, as Leopold Bloom is searching for lunch. He enters Davy Byrne's peaceful pub, gaining respite from the hubbub of Dublin. Joyce, as ever, is preoccupied with “the significance of trivial things”, through which we learn more about Bloom's past and how others see him.
In Chapter 9, Stephen Dedalus is holding forth in the National Library of Ireland, giving the performance of his life to an audience of Irish writers and scholars who were part of the Irish Literary Revival of the early 20th century. Stephen is an outsider, desperately trying to assert himself in front of these gatekeepers of Irish culture. He shares his elaborate theories on the life of Shakespeare, why the bard left his second-best bed to his widow, Anne Hathaway, and the fatherlessness of Hamlet.
The reading will be held in the Seattle Central Library at
Level 4, Room 2 — Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room.
The reading will be held at
2:30pm on Saturday, June 16th, 2018,Donations towards costs of posters and props are welcome. Please arrive before 2:30pm to find a seat. The reading will take about two hours.
The Seattle Central Library,
Level 4, Room 2 — Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room,
1000 Fourth Ave,
Seattle, WA 98104
Please RSVP to the Facebook event.
Lestrygonians (Chapter 8):
Scylla and Charybdis (Chapter 9):
See our archives for details of our previous readings.