‘Longest Way Round Is The Shortest Way Home’

James Joyce, author of "Ulysses."

Attention all fans of great literature and superb acting – Bloomsday approaches!

Join Guild Hall on Tuesday, June 16, from 8 to 10 p.m. to celebrate one of Ireland (and the world’s) finest writers, James Joyce, and his novel “Ulysses” as read and performed by a legend of the American stage, Austin Pendleton. This one-night-only virtual live reading by Pendleton is directed by Elizabeth Falk and is a one-man play by Joe Beck.

You don’t necessarily need to wear a straw boater or eat rashers and black pudding to enjoy this exclusive performance — a benefit for Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater, which has been closed by the pandemic — but then again, it’s a virtual presentation so what you do from the comfort of your home while listening to the Pendleton interpret this literary masterpiece is entirely up to you.

Austin Pendleton is a foremost interpreter of all things Joycean as well as an Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning, Tony-nominated director, playwright and star of Broadway and innumerable film and television appearances in a career that has spanned over five decades. Pendleton is directed in this production by his colleague Elizabeth Falk, a noted director of opera and theater who has the distinction of being the first woman to direct a play for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

This performance will be followed by a live Q&A with Pendleton and the play’s creative team, moderated by the John Drew Theater’s Artistic Director Josh Gladstone.

Tickets are $0 to $25 or an additional donation to support Guild Hall. A link to the live broadcast will be emailed to ticketholders 24 hours in advance. Visit guildhall.org to register for the event.