Bloomsday 2018 – hosted by PICT Classic Theatre





Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle.  The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses.  (source: Wikipedia)

This year, PICT Classic Theatre is pleased to host Pittsburgh’s Thirtieth annual celebration of Bloomsday!

Saturday, June 16, 2018


12:00 p.m.   Murphy’s Tap Room, 1106 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square

Bloomsday 2018 begins with a reading fromLestrygonians.  Pause with Bloom in Davy Bryne’s “moral pub” as he eats “strips of sandwich, fresh, clean bread” and “Glowing wine on his palate lingered swallowed…”  Gerty McDowell, Bloom and the fireworks ignite Sandymount Strand in Nausica.  We’ll continue on with a reading from Hades and the events of Bloomsday are set in motion!

2:00 p.m.      Classic Lines Bookstore, 5825 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill

The day continues with readings from the Lotus Eaters and from Scylla & Charybdis.


5:00 p.m.      The Map Room, 1126 South Braddock Avenue, Regent Square

Evening readings continue from Wondering Rocks and Cyclops.  In Cyclops,the Citizen and his mangy mongrel Garryowen wait “for what the sky would drop in the way of drink” and politics, patriotism, religion and Bloom are the targets of his vitriolic verbosity. We’ll then turn to Penelope, her “amplitudinous curvilinear” stream-of-consciousness soliloquy with its final, great, life-affirming, “Yes”.