Stephen Colbert, Michael Cerveris, John Shea, Fritz Weaver, et al. Set for Bloomsday on Broadway XXIX
This 29th annual celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses will once again follow selected adventures of Joyce's hero, Mr. Leopold Bloom, as he makes his way through his ordinary Dublin day, and back home to his ever-loving Molly. This years theme is the parallels between Joyce's Ulysses and Homer's Odyssey, on which it is modeled. Readers will use the Robert Fagles English version of Homer's classic.
Excerpts will compare Odysseus' descent in to Hades with Mr Bloom's visit to the Dublin cemetery, Odysseus' dalliance with the enchantress Circe, and Mr Bloom's visit to the nighttown brothels, Odysseus's violent encounter with the monstrous Cyclops and Mr Bloom's fracas with the anti-Semitic troglodytic Irish patriot, and Ulysses' ultimate return home to his beloved Penelope with Leopold Bloom's return to his bed next to the incomparable Molly.
Bloomsday on Broadway will conclude with the complete, uncensored, vivid night-time monologue of Molly Bloom performed by Fionnula Flanagan in a prodigious performing feat that lasts two and a half hours.