A salute to Bloomsday – the worldwide June 16th annual celebration of James Joyce’s classic work Ulysses.
We will feature readings from Pacifica Radio’s long-running Bloomsday production that has been joining the celebration since 1981. Our thanks to original Executive Producers Larry Josephson and the current team led by Janet Coleman and Caraid O’Brien, for their support in making this episode of From the Vault possible.
The original productions were performed live at the Broadway performance venue called Symphony Space and broadcast live on WBAI. Then in 2008, the production left the stage and became Radio Bloomsday.
The new Radio Bloomsday 2012 production can be heard on your favorite Pacifica Radio Station on Saturday, June 16th.
The Star Studded cast of readers include:
Reading from Sirens
Entertainer and “vocal cartoonist” Zero Boy is an East Village icon who uses a unique blend of sound and mime, the results being something akin to a performed comic book. He has written, directed and performed numerous productions on both coasts and Europe, working in traditional theater, stand-up comedy, television, street performance festivals, radio, film, comic books, magazines, and on the cutting edge of digital media/art.
Roma Downey and John O’Callaghan
read from Lotus Eaters
Roma Downey is an actress singer and producer from Derry in Northern Ireland who is known to American audiences for her role in the hit tv series Touched by An Angel and her Emmy Award winning performance as Jackie Onassis (in the 1991- six part tv mini series called A Woman Named Jackie)
John O’ Callaghan is a film stage and tv actor who was born in Dublin Ireland and has been in many productions Including the hit Sci Fi Channel series Stargate Atlantis and Marin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.
reading from Lestrygonians
Paul Dooley is an actor was born in West Virginia. He has appeared in some of the most iconic films and roles since the mid 1970’s including George Roy Hill’s and Paul Newman’s Slap Shot, Breaking Away, Hairspray, the animated Cars franchise and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Reading from Proteus
Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland and is an accomplished Poet who taught at Oxford University and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Elliot Award for his Poetry collection called “Moy Sand and Gravel”.
Reading from Eumaeus (Ulysses)
Marc Singer is a Canadian born actor who has worked in Theatre, Film and Television since the 1970’s. His acting career began as a member of the prestigious Acting Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco performing Petruccio in their production of Taming of the Shrew and Christian in Cyrano De Bergerac. Although he may be best known for his roles in the Fantasy Film Beastmaster and the Science Fiction cult classic ‘V’, his heart remains with Shakespeare.
T. Ryder Smith & Charles Busch
Reading from Circe
T. Ryder Smith is a native New Yorker who has been a staple in the off Broadway and avant-garde theatre scene for years. He is currently a cast member of the Lincoln Center production of War Horse.
Charles Busch is also a native New Yorker. He is an American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator. He has made an impact for his work in everything from kitschy productions such as Psycho Beach Party to his Broadway performance in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
reads from Molly Bloom
Caraid O’Brien was born in Galway, Ireland. She is a three time recipient of a new play commission from the Foundation for Jewish Culture for her translations of Yiddish plays. Caraid is the director of numerous Bloomsday broadcasts (Bloomsday on Broadway, Radio Bloomsday), Caraid performed the complete Molly Bloom monologue and is a guest host for The Next Hour on WBAI. She is directing this years’ Radio Bloomsday readings.
reads from Nausicaa
Anne Meara was born in Brooklyn New York of Irish Immigrant parents. She was brought up an Irish Catholic although she converted to Reform Judaism when she married Jerry Stiller. She has been acting ifn film and Television since the 1950’s. She was an early member of the Improvisational group the Compass Players that would eventually become The Second City. You may know her from such classics as Archie Bunker’s Place, Sex and the City, ?
Born in Culver City California Larry Josephson made his way to New York employed as a computer programmer for IBM in the mid 1960’s. He began volunteering at Pacifica Radio WBAI in New York and helped create free-form radio with his night time WBAI colleague Bob Fass. Josephson is currently an Award winning radio producer and has been Producing Radio Bloomsday on WBAI since 1981.