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Every year, New York’s leading artists gather in the WBAI studio on Wall Street to interpret James Joyce’s Ulysses. This year’s performers will include Paul Muldoon, Alec Baldwin, Charles Busch, T. Ryder Smith, Bob Dishy, Judy Graubart, Aaron Beall, Jerry Stiller, Amy Stiller, John O’Callaghan, Brian O’Doherty, Kate Valk, Mara McEwin, James Kennedy, Jim Fletcher, Richard Maxwell, Anna Goodman-Herrick, Janet Coleman, David Dozer, Emily Mitchell, Tara Bahna-James and many more. Directed by Caraid O’Brien and produced by Larry Josephson, Peabody-Award-Winner and President of The Radio Foundation, this year’s Radio Bloomsday will begin promptly at 7:00pm on WBAI 99.5 FM radio and run until 2am. For those who do not live within the New York area, the performance will be posted online. For more information regarding the event or to view promotional photos of the cast, check out the official blog.
Schedule listed below:
7:00pm-8:00pm: Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon performs Stephen Dedalus’ inner thoughts in the complete Proteus episode.
8:00pm-10:00pm: The audience listens to Leopold Bloom as he wanders through Dublin, attending his friend’s funeral, having lunch, walking through the streets of Dublin, visiting a newspaper office to sell advertisements, being thrown out of a pub by an anti-Semitic nationalist, buying face cream for his wife, visiting a friend at Holles Street Maternity hospital. Jerry Stiller and Jim Fletcher among others will be performing the words of Leopold Bloom.
10:00pm: Alec Baldwin reads Joyce’s love letters to his wife Nora. Charles Busch plays the whoremistress Madame Bella Cohen, T Ryder Smith is the narrator, and Aaron Beall is Bloom in the Circe episode set in Dublin’s red light district.
Conclusion: As always, the evening ends with the complete Molly Bloom monologue, performed by Galway native Caraid O’Brien, as she thinks about her lovers, her husband, her children and her stalled artistic career, while in bed during the last episode of the book.