Bloomsday is celebrated annually throughout the world on June 16.  The day is named for Leopold Bloom, the main character of Joyce’s great novel Ulysses, set in Dublin on June 16, 1904.  Within the rich context of the life of the city, Joyce delineated every detail of Bloom’s thoughts, words, and actions throughout the course of that day.  It is one of the most extraordinary books of the twentieth century.

This year Bloomsday will be celebrated in Boston by The Here Comes Everybody Players, a Boston-based theater group that focuses on dramatic interpretations of Joyce’s literary work, and will feature dramatizations of excerpts from Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.  The production will also include a scene from Mary Manning’s theatrical adaptation, Passages from Finnegans Wake, based closely on Joyce’s novel of the same name, Nuvoletta, a passage from Finnegans Wake set to music by the American composer Samuel Barber, and other music associated with Joyce and his writings.  “Joyce’s work can be difficult and impenetrable for the reader,” says director Jean Sheikh. “The process of dramatization brings it to life and helps the audience to both hear and see the humor and the humanity in Joyce’s writing and characters.”

Bloomsday promises to be thought-provoking, funny, moving, and true to Joyce’s work.  The performance will be a fundraiser for the Irish International Immigrant Center, a not-for-profit organization that assists immigrants from all over the world with the challenges of settling in a new country and culture and becoming part of American society.

The event is on Friday June 15th and Saturday, June 16th 2012 at 8:00pm with reception following each performance
at 100 Franklin Street, LL-1, Boston 100 Franklin Street, MA 02110

Reservations (recommended) Phone: 617-542-7654 or reservations@iiicenter.org   Web: www.iiicenter.org. Suggested Donation: $25. All proceeds support the services of the Irish International Immigrant Center.