James Joyce’s comedic pathos is unleashed in this fast-paced presentation of the Aeolus chapter from his classic novel Ulysses. The Hammer’s third annual Bloomsday celebration is set in the Dublin newspaper offices of the Freeman’s Journal and Evening Telegraph, where Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus almost meet face to face. Organized by Stanley Breitbard, this program features a stellar cast of seasoned actors: Bairbre Dowling, James Gallo, Kevin Kearns, James Lancaster, John Rafter Lee, Margot Norris, Johnny O’Callaghan, Joe Praml and  Colin Simon. Come early to read aloud from Ulysses, enjoy live Irish music by the Sweet Set and a Guinness happy hour. Festivities begin at 4pm.


4:00–6:00PM: Open reading of Ulysses in the Courtyard—please join in!

6:00–7:30PM: Live Irish music and Guinness happy hour.

7:30–9:00PM: Bloomsday presentation in the Billy Wilder Theater.

9:00–10:00PM: Live Irish music and Guinness happy hour.


ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for the Annex are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing for programs in the Annex, subject to availability.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat rate of $3 on the weekend. 

Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.