Livingston’s Elk River Books joins the global celebration of Bloomsday this year with a staged reading adapted from the novel and performed by local actors. James Joyce fans the world over mark each June 16 as Bloomsday, honoring the day the groundbreaking novel Ulysses takes place, chronicling the Dublin-wide odyssey of its central character, Leopold Bloom.
The play, titled Nighttown Suidae, is excerpted and adapted by Marc Beaudin from the Circe episode of Ulysses, in which Bloom follows Stephen Dedalus and his drinking companion Lynch to Dublin’s red light district. It’s a hallucinatory, hilarious and surreal revelry of poetic language and wild imagery. The reading runs roughly 45 minutes and contains adult language and sexual references.
Actors featured in the reading include Marc Beaudin, Bret Kinslow, Audrey Lavoilette, Carmine Leighton, Sherry Pikul, Aaron Schuerr, Nathan Snow, Wes Venteicher and Lydia Vosburg.
The free event will take place at the Livingston Bar & Grille, 130 N. Main, on Saturday, June 16, at 7 pm.