Isaiah Sheffer and Eilin O’Dea about Bloomsday on Broadway!
June 9, 2011, 12:01 am
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There’s probably one James Joyce novel on every high school literature syllabus. I had to read Dubliners (and subsequently learn it by heart to graduate high school).

Had I read Ulysses, I would have known about the multitude of celebrations that go on in honor of the novel and its protagonist, Leopold Bloom, long before preparing for this interview. On June 16th every year, a day known as “Bloomsday,” people gather all around the world and celebrate the novel and Joyce.

I already thought not having read Ulysses was a shame–I loved Dubliners and always thought I should read more of Joyce’s works–but now that I know about how much love it, I really feel like I’ve been missing out.

For any ignorant New Yorkers like me or established Joyce connoisseurs, I reckon Symphony Space’s 30th Bloomsday on Broadway event at the Peter Jay Sharp theater is the place to be. Isaiah Sheffer, along with 85 actors, including fellow guest Eilin O’Dea, will be presenting 13 hours non-stop of Ulysses. Though not all 18 episodes will be read in their entirety, all will be sampled for those who want to dive in and bask in Irish culture.

Eilin O’Dea will also be performing her own one-woman show, “Hello, Molly!” which features Molly Bloom’s musings from the end of the novel a week earlier, Thursday June 9th at the Leonard Nimroy Theater.

From speaking to both of them, it was obvious their knowledge of Joyce and their love for his work will shine through the performances. And although the Bloomsday performance might seem long, it’s possible it will suck you in.

For more information on both performances, visit


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