Wild Geese Players of Seattle

May 13, 2024

Bloomsday — Seattle 2024

Circe (part 1)

The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Episode 15, “Circe” (part 1), adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Two years ago marked the centenary of the publication of Ulysses in 1922.

For our 27th annual reading, we’ll present Episode 15, “Circe” (part 1),
at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at the
Fremont Branch of the Seattle Public Library,
731 N. 35th St,
Seattle, WA 98103.

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.

In Episode 15, it is around midnight, and Stephen Dedalus and his friend Lynch, both very drunk, have entered Nighttown, Dublin’s red-light district, in search of female companionship. Leopold Bloom, who has some paternal feelings for Stephen, has followed them. This chapter is full of hallucinations and nightmares, where Bloom confronts many of his unspoken desires and emerges strengthened.

This chapter is enormously long. We’ll read the first half this year and the second half in 2025.

RSVP at the Facebook Event.


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

Commentary on Circe