The Wild Geese Players of Seattle 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 Map. Donations towards costs of posters and props are welcome.
We had a successful reading of the Ithaca chapter last year. Our annual Bloomsday readings started in 1998 and this year we conclude Ulysses with the Penelope chapter.
Penelope — Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy
In Ithaca, the previous chapter of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom climbed into bed after a drunken night with Stephen Dedalus, waking his wife, Molly. Bloom fell asleep but Molly lies awake in the bed. We are treated to Molly’s innermost thoughts and ramblings, rendered as a stream of consciousness, as she recalls her youth in Gibraltar and her present day in Dublin, the loves of her life and the consummation of her affair with Blazes Boylan, her lusts and female woes, and her wry affection for her exasperating husband, Poldy.
Molly is funny and foul-mouthed, frank and earthy, and caustic yet romantic. We’re looking forward to reading her story, and to seeing you listen to us. Bring your Dad for Father’s Day.
On-street parking is free on Sundays. Walk to the back of Elliott Bay Books and down the stairs to find the reading room. Please arrive before 3pm to find a seat. The reading will take roughly two-and-a-half hours.
We encourage you to download Ellen Coyle’s Penelope poster (JPEG, 1.6MB) and post it around town.
Some commentary on the Penelope chapter:
- Kate Bush’s “The Sensual World”
- Text of the chapter
- Kennesaw Summary
- Cliff Notes
- The Modern Word
- The Joyce Portal
- Joyce Images
- Paul Debraski
- Shmoop Summary
- The Sheila Variations
- Groden Notes
- Joyce’s Moraculous Sindbook: Suzette Henke
- Profane, Profound, Penelope
- Ulysses AudioBook
This is our sixteenth year of Bloomsday readings. (Press Release).
See our archives for details of our previous readings.