Wild Geese Players of Seattle

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May 04, 2021

Bloomsday — Seattle 2021

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Chapter 12, “Cyclops”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Our annual reading will be presented online and available for all to stream on Bloomsday, June 16, 2021 here at WildGeeseSeattle.org.

Bloomsday (Bloom’s day, named for Ulysses’ main character, Leopold Bloom) refers to the 24-hour period on June 16, 1904 in which Ulysses is set. Joyce’s ground-breaking novel follows the wanderings of Bloom, a Jewish everyman, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer and Joyce’s alter ego, as they wander the streets of Dublin.

Join us online for Chapter 12, Cyclops, where it is 5pm and a variety of Dublin characters take up space in Barney Kiernan’s pub on Little Britain Street. Join Leopold Bloom (an outsider), the Citizen (a xenophobe), Garryowen (a cur), the Narrator (a curmudgeon), Joe Hynes (a ne’er-do-well), Alf Bergan (a drinker), Bob Doran (a drunk), Terry (a barman), and others at the bar for conversation and flights of fantasy.

Script

Read along with the script. Adapted by George Reilly from the Project Gutenberg text.

Press Release

This is our twenty-fourth year of Bloomsday readings. (Press Release).

Commentary on Cyclops

Other Wild Geese Events

See our archives for details of our previous readings.

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posted
May 04, 2021

2021 Bloomsday Press Release

24th Annual Staged Reading / Virtual Bloomsday Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle join Bloomsday celebrations across the globe honoring Ulysses’ author James Joyce. Our annual reading will be presented online and available for all to stream on Bloomsday, June 16, 2021 at WildGeeseSeattle.org.

Bloomsday (Bloom’s day, named for Ulysses’ main character, Leopold Bloom) refers to the 24-hour period on June 16, 1904 in which Ulysses is set. Ulysses follows the wanderings of Bloom, a Jewish everyman, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer and Joyce’s alter ego, as they wander the streets of Dublin.

Join us online for Chapter 12, Cyclops, where it is 5pm and a variety of Dublin characters take up space in Barney Kiernan’s pub. Join Leopold Bloom (an outsider), the Citizen (a xenophobe), Garryowen (a cur), the Narrator (a curmudgeon), Joe Hynes (a ne’er-do-well), Alf Bergan (a drinker), Bob Doran (a drunk), Terry (a barman), and others at the bar for conversation and flights of fantasy.

Since 1998, The Wild Geese Players of Seattle have presented staged readings of Irish literature, by writers such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats. The Geese are a diverse group of people who share an interest in matters Irish. Some of us were born in Ireland, some have family connections, but we all enjoy Irish literature. We believe that poetry and certain novels are best read aloud, that some works are better heard than read.

For more information, visit the Wild Geese Players’ website www.WildGeeseSeattle.org, like our Facebook group, or follow @WildGeeseSea on Twitter.

Contacts:
Director: George Reilly WildGeeseSeattle@gmail.com
Publicity: Claudia Finn cfinnseattle@gmail.com

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Jun 16, 2020

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Jun 02, 2020

Bloomsday — Seattle 2020

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Chapter 11, “Sirens”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. For the first time ever, our annual reading will be presented online and available for all to stream on Bloomsday, June 16, 2020 here at WildGeeseSeattle.org.

Update: Watch the video.

Bloomsday (Bloom’s day, named for Ulysses’ main character, Leopold Bloom) refers to the 24-hour period on June 16, 1904 in which Ulysses is set. Ulysses follows the wanderings of Bloom, a Jewish everyman, and Stephen Dedalus, a young writer and Joyce’s alter ego, as they wander the streets of Dublin.

Join us online for Chapter 11, Sirens, where it is 4 pm and the Dublin characters gather at the Ormond Hotel by the banks of the River Liffey. Leopold Bloom joins Father Cowley, Simon Dedalus, Richie Goulding, Lenehan, and Ben Dollard among others, to enjoy an afternoon of songs and music, with the divine Miss Douce and the comely Miss Kennedy setting the scene.

The Readers

Narrators: Claudia Finn, Irene Calvo, Bruce Greeley, Iain Edgewater
Miss Lydia “Bronze” Douce: Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh
Miss Mina “Gold” Kennedy: Ellen Coyle
Bloom: Maura Donegan
Bloom Interior: Mark Gunning, Maura Donegan
Simon Dedalus: Bill Barnes
Lenehan: Leon Mattigosh
Blazes Boylan: Joseph Ryan
Ben Dollard: Joseph Ryan
Father Cowley: Lynne Compton
George Lidwell: Leon Mattigosh
Richie Goulding: Roger Berger
Boots: Joseph Ryan
Robert Emmet: Bill Barnes
Tom Kernan: Roger Berger
Stripling: Roger Berger
Shopgirl: Ellen Coyle
Conductor: Roger Berger

Production

Co-Director: Lynne Compton
Co-Director: Roger Berger
Script: George Reilly
Recorder: Joseph Ryan
Recording Editor: Helen Brew
Publicity: Claudia Finn, George Reilly
Poster: Ellen Coyle, Leon Mattigosh, Claudia Finn

Special Thanks to Matthew Donegan-Ryan

Script

Read along with the script. Adapted by George Reilly from the Project Gutenberg text.

Press Release

This is our twenty-third year of Bloomsday readings. (Press Release).

Notes

Co-director Roger Berger has provided some additional notes on the Sirens chapter.

Commentary on Sirens

Other Wild Geese Events

See our archives for details of our previous readings.

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