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The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Chapter 2, “Nestor”, and Chapter 5, “The Lotus Eaters”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, on 2pm on Saturday, June 20th, 2015, at The Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 [Map]. Donations towards costs of posters and props are welcome.

For this year’s reading of Ulysses, the Wild Geese Players are continuing last year’s approach of following Joyce’s timeline for June 16th, rather than reading the chapters in strict linear order. We’ll once again interweave the texts to highlight the parallel journeys of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus during the novel’s ten o’clock hour.

In chapter 2 (“Nestor”), Stephen Dedalus, possibly Ireland’s most lackluster schoolmaster, manages to get through a truncated set of lessons—but not without continued ruminations about his mother, mothering in general, and earlier annoyances by Mulligan and Haines. Later, collecting his pay (already spent) from headmaster Deasy, possibly Ireland’s most enthusiastic defender of cattle, Stephen endures a review of Deasy’s perspectives on life, money, and Irish history—generously larded with expectable points regarding the role of Jews in world affairs.

Meanwhile, in chapter 5 (“Lotus-Eaters”), Leopold Bloom continues making his way to Paddy Dignam’s funeral—but along the way, there are of course several Things To Be Done. From the post office, he receives a letter from his love-interest-by-mail (not put off by his last letter); stops in to a Catholic church service to reflect on theological matters; runs an errand for Molly at the chemists’, and picks up a bar of soap for himself; and inadvertently supplies a betting tip to an acquaintance on his way to the baths, where he envisions himself relaxing in full flower.

The reading is expected to take about 90 minutes.

The Wild Geese Players perform staged readings of Irish literature, by writers such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, throughout the Seattle area. We are a diverse group of people with an interest in Irish literature, and most of us are either Irish-born or have Irish connections. More generally, the Wild Geese refers to the Irish diaspora, after the original Wild Geese, exiled Irish soldiers and their descendants who served in European armies in the 16th–18th centuries.

http://www.wildgeeseseattle.org/

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The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Chapter 1, “Telemachus”, and Chapter 4, “Calypso”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce'sUlysses, on 2pm on Sunday, June 15th, 2014, at The Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Donations towards costs of posters and props are welcome.

http://wildgeeseseattle.org/Joyce/Bloomsday/2014.html

Our annual Bloomsday readings started in 1998 and last year we concluded Ulysses with the “Penelope” chapter. We're starting afresh this year, with the chapters that introduce the two primary characters of the book, Stephen Dedalus in Chapter 1, “Telemachus”, and Leopold Bloom in Chapter 4, “Calypso”.

“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead”—one of the most famous opening lines in English literature. It's 8am on June 16th, 1904: a fine summer's day in Dublin. Stephen Dedalus is temporarily staying with Buck Mulligan and an Englishman at a Martello Tower south of Dublin. Stephen is the brilliant aesthete who was the subject of James Joyce's previous novel, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He is at odds with his irreverent host, who mocks him; by the end of the chapter, he will set forth across Dublin, never to return to the Tower.

Meanwhile, Leopold Bloom is starting his day at his home at 7 Eccles Street in Dublin's city center. Bloom, in contrast to Stephen, is a perfectly ordinary fellow. For now, he concerns himself with preparing breakfast for his wife, Molly, and worrying about her lover and about their absent daughter, Milly. We'll see deep into Bloom's head and heart over the course of this day and this book.

The reading will be held in the Seattle Central Library at Level 4, Room 2 — Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Please arrive before 2pm to find a seat. The reading will take roughly 100 minutes.

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A promo video for next week's reading of Molly Bloom's Soliloquy from James Joyce's Ulysses

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After 15 years, the Wild Geese Players of Seattle are happy to bring our staged readings of James Joyce's Ulysses to a conclusion with the Penelope chapter (aka Molly Bloom's Soliloquy).

3pm Sunday, June 16th, 2013,
The Elliott Bay Book Company,
1521 Tenth Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98122.

It's 2am on June 17th, 1904, and Molly Bloom 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, Leopold Bloom.

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.

http://www.wildgeeseseattle.org/Joyce/Bloomsday/2013.html

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First read-through of the Penelope script for this year's reading of James Joyce's Ulysses. We will be reading at the Elliott Bay Bookstore at 3pm on Sunday, June 16th.

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Penelope Reading: June 15th or 16th, 2013

In this, our sixteenth year, we conclude Ulysses! We will present a staged reading of Chapter 18, “Penelope”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, on Saturday, June 15th or Sunday, June 16th, 2013, at an as-yet undecided location.

Suggestions on a location are welcome. We had an overflow crowd at The Couth Buzzard last year, and we need somewhere that can hold 60+ people. If food and drink are available, so much the better. Contact us at webmaster@wildgeeseseattle.org if you can help out.

March 4th: Kieran O'Malley reads poetry at Elliott Bay Books

Dr. Kieran O'Malley founded the Wild Geese Players of Seattle in 1998, and led us until he moved back to Ireland in 2006. He will be reading from his first book of poetry at Elliott Bay Books at 7pm on Monday, March 4th.

Please join us in the basement reading room at Elliott Bay, 1521 10th Avenue, on Seattle's Capitol Hill. We will repair to the nearby Chieftain pub and restaurant, 908 12th Avenue, after the reading.

http://www.wildgeeseseattle.org/
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