June 3, 2010

Bloomsday is the annual celebration of Irish writer James Joyce where people worldwide participate in readings, re-tracings and re-enactments of his novel, Ulysses. Mo`olelo is partnering with The San Diego Public Library to present a reading of the final chapter of Ulysses, also known as “Molly’s Soliloquy” or “Penelope,” at 12:30 pm on June 14, 15, and 16 at the Central Library, featuring local actor Erika Beth Phillips.


What: Readings of Molly’s Soliloquy from James Joyce’s Ulysses

Who: Featuring Actor Erika Beth Phillips

When: June 14, 15, and 16 at 12:30 p.m. (each day will feature a different ‘sentence’ from the chapter)

Where: Central Library, 820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101

How: Free, no reservations required, just show up

Full Schedule of Bloomsday events at The San Diego Public Library, Central Branch:

Monday, June 14, 12:30 pm, Lobby (first floor)
Noon Hour Brown Bag Performance:  MOLLY BLOOM’S SOLILOQUY, Part 1
Award-winning equity theater company Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company performs a staged reading of the 18th and final chapter of Ulysses.  The Soliloquy is a compilation of the thoughts of Molly Bloom, the randy, concert-singing wife of protagonist Leopold Bloom, whose wanderings around Dublin are followed in much of the book. The final words of the soliloquy are some of the most admired in the English language.

 Monday, June 14, 5:30 pm, Lobby (first floor)
Raggle Taggle’s unique brand of music is a mix of traditional and inspired sounds from Pirate music to French Gypsy Swing to Latin Jazz, and Nuevo-Flamenco, to Celtic -Irish, English, Welsh, Scottish, French, and European Influence.  The Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance offers traditional Irish dance instruction for boys and girls ages 4 through adults.

Monday, June 14, 6:30 pm, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Film Screening: JOYCE TO THE WORLD
What makes Ulysses so compelling that it continues to attract devoted readers almost 100 years after its publication?  This film explores the Bloomsday phenomenon celebrated every year on June 16th, the day the novel takes place.  Extensive biographical footage and commentary with award-winning actors, writers and scholars bring audiences inside the artist’s mind and explain why so many are drawn to his work.  Dr. Larry Brunton, professor of pharmacology at UCSD and Ulysses aficionado, will lead a Q&A after the screening.

Tuesday, June 15, 12:30 pm, Lobby (first floor)
Noon-hour Brown Bag Performance:  MOLLY BLOOM’S SOLILOQUY, Part 2

 Wednesday, June 16, 12:30 pm, Lobby (first floor)
Noon-hour Brown Bag Performance:  MOLLY BLOOM’S SOLILOQUY, Part 3

 Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 pm, Wangenheim Room (third floor)
Literature Talk: James Joyce’s ULYSSES
Published in 1922, Ulysses is one of the most important books of the modern era, a novel that changed the shape of literature.  Based loosely on Homer’s Odyssey, the novel details the lives of its three main characters in a single day in Dublin in 1904.  In its larger historical frame, Ulysses tells the story of modern psychological homelessness, Irish colonialism, racial intolerance, the rise of commercialization, and changing gender roles.  Professor Michael Davidson of UCSD’s Literature Department will discuss Ulysses and James Joyce’s legacy.


2 Responses to “Bloomsday!”

  1. Lisa Marie Says:

    Hi. The website that led me to this inquiry form was from 2010. Do you have any information about Bloomsday Celebrations for 2011? Where I work is hosting one at 4pm on June 11th at The Harp in Ocean Beach but I am interested in attending a Bloomsday Celebration when I am not working. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Lisa Marie

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