Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Slouching Toward Bloomsday: 26 hours and counting

We will be broadcasting live in just over 24 hours from WBAI 99.5FM in New York City. KPFA in Los Angeles will be carrying the complete show also with a three hour time delay. You can listen to the show on our blog by clicking one of the links to your right or by visiting wbai.org or pacifica.org

We will also be live blogging from backstage during the show here at radiobloomsday.blogspot.com At 9am this morning in midtown Manhattan, we had an enjoyably intense rehearsal with Mara McEwin and Jim Fletcher who will be performing two extremely difficult excerpts from Oxen of the Sun, written in medieval prose during the 9pm hour. Together, the three of us broke that text down with Jim and his secret love of Chaucer leading the charge. They are going to be great. Also at 9am this morning (west coast time) in Los Angeles at the Pacifica Archives, we recorded Bob Odenkirk as Bloom contemplating childbirth. Bloom sounded great, very funny, in his Chicago voice. Bloom is obsessed with the trials and tribulations of women giving birth, which is typical of his gentle, thoughtful nature. He is a very sensitive fellow. Lord Byronesque indeed.

On Friday, real life couple John O'Callaghan and Jaason Simmons recorded some of Lord Byron's poems that Bloom gave Molly when they were courting and honestly I have never heard two voices sound more sexy. O yes and Paul Dooley who also recorded his piece in Los Angeles last week is fantastic as a hungry cranky Bloom scouting around for his lunch, disgusted with the men he sees shoving meat in their craws. Our marathon of Bloom monologues beginning just before 8pm is going to be a highlight for sure. Not to overdue the superlatives, but this is definitely the most thrilling Bloomsday I've ever worked on.

We have over two dozen actors and singers performing live tomorrow and you can find out more about all of them by clicking the links below right. I am fairly brain dead at this moment but very excited. Write to us at radiobloomsday@gmail.com and let us know what you think during the show. It should be available to listen to online for at least a week after the live broadcast and hopefully longer. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for Tuning in!

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful idea - thanks for your work and I look forward to hearing it.