Bloomsday in Boone

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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 17, 2013
Bloomsday in Boone

Boone having first Bloomsday celebration.

In/Visible Theatre presents a fundraiser for anyone who likes great literature, Irish music, beer, plants or, well, theater.

Boone’s new professional theater group will be having a pass-the-hat event on Sunday, June 16, known in literary circles as “Bloomsday.”

June 16 is the day on which the groundbreaking Irish writer, James Joyce, set his “Ulysses,” which depicts the character of Leopold Bloom wandering through a day in the life of Dublin.

“We are interested in the best writing of our species,” said In/Visible Theatre artistic director Derek Davidson, explaining why the organization is hosting this event. “Most theaters focus on acting and design, but we are a writers’ and directors’ theater, and this happens to be some of the best writing we have encountered.”

In/Visible Theatre invites Boone residents to participate in the area’s first Bloomsday celebration by joining its members at Pepper’s Bar to listen to Irish music and hear In/Visible Theatre actors Tori Allen, Travis Boswell and Teresa Lee read from the novel.

Davidson said that celebrating this novel, often named by critics as one of the best novels of the 20th century, fits the In/Visible Theatre mission in numerous ways.

“James Joyce is one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century, but for many people who’ve never heard of his work, he’s all but invisible,” he said. “Our theater aims to make the invisible visible, so reading his greatest work publicly fits perfectly with our mission.”

Theater members will also sell plants at this event, tying the theme of blooms with In/Visible’s upcoming show, “Groundwork.”

“Groundwork” will be a world premiere of a new one-man play, starring Mike Ostroski, a long-time member of the resident acting company at Barter Theatre. Ostroski also appeared in “Bumbershoot,” In/Visible Theatre’s inaugural production, which was performed at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival.

“‘Groundwork’ is about how the simple act of gardening can heal us,” said In/Visible Theatre producing artistic director Karen Sabo. “Because of the traditional culture of gardening in the mountains and the interest in sustainable agriculture, we think this show is a great match for the High Country community.”

This new play is currently being developed and will be performed in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the ASU campus from July 25 through Aug. 4.

“Part of our mission is to be a local and sustainable theater, so we’re partnering with local businesses,” Sabo said. “Our last event was in the new Bald Guy Coffee space on King Street, which our audience loved. This will be our first event at Pepper’s, and we’re so glad to be hosted by this granddaddy of local restaurants.”

In/Visible Theatre’s Bloomsday celebration will be in Pepper’s Bar in Boone’s Shops on Shadowline from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 16. This is a family-friendly event, and all are invited. For more information, email (

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