Symphony Space's 36th annual literary rite of spring celebrating life, love, and language in James Joyce's lavish, languid, and lively prose.
For over a decade, Joyce's great work was famously banned throughout the United States. This year's Bloomsday features authors, actors and devoted Joyceans performing readings from the offensive, subversive, obscene, political, sexual and heretical elements of Ulysses. Featuring a Whirlwind Tour of all 18 chapters of Ulysses, hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon; Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) as Molly Bloom; and an exploration of the court battles and impassioned efforts to save or condemn Joyce's contentious book, hosted by author Kevin Birmingham (The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses).
Michael Simon Hall
James Rushin, music director
Patrick Marran, musician
Directed by Lisa Flanagan.
Co-produced with Irish Arts Center.
Presented in collaboration with the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.
The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), founded in 1974, is an alliance of 50 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups. United by a conviction that freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression must be defended, we work to educate our own members and the public at large about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose them.
WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show has chosen Ulysses as their book club pick!
Ulysses. It’s been called the toughest, most challenging, most impossible, most give-up-on-able book. It's also been called a masterpiece. There is timeless humor and soul in this book, but it can be really hard to unlock on your own. Even a little bit of context goes a long way. That's why The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club is lining up experts, authors, and cheat sheets, and through their Newsletter and Facebook group, they invite you to join the discussion.