Steven Dietz’s Bloomsday kicks off Season 110
West End Players Guild opens it’s 110th season one year late on Friday, September 17th, with a two-weekend run of Steven Dietz’s time-travel romance, Bloomsday.
Set in James Joyce’s Dublin, the play takes place 35 years ago, and also on one day last June. Robert, a 55-year-old American college professor, has spent an academic career studying and teaching Joyce’s masterwork, Ulysses. His interest in the novel dates from one magical day when he was twenty and he met Caithleen, a 20-year-old tour guide for the James Joyce’s Dublin walking tour. Caithleen won young Robbie’s heart that day and he very nearly took her away to America, but in the end it was not to be.
Robert has returned to Dublin for a reunion with Caithleen, now known as Cait. But when he arrives for his planned rendezvous with Cait, it is Caithleen he finds instead, having somehow traveled back through the years to that day of their first and only meeting. Caithleen, Cait, Robert and Robbie do a slow dance back and forth through time, reliving younger days, imagining what might have been and wondering if it still might be. Dietz’s story blends wit, humor and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past.
Jessa Knust makes her West End Players Guild directing debut, assisted by Karen Pierce. The cast includes Jeff Lovell as Robert, Colleen Heneghan as Cait, John Trotwood Moore as Robbie and Megan Wiegert as Caithleen.
Bloomsday will be presented in seven performances opening September 17th and closing September 26th. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday (second week only), Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard in the Central West End. Tickets for all performances, as well as season tickets, are now on sale at www.WestEndPlayers.org/tickets.
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West End Players Guild
announces Season 110 (finally!)
Okay, let’s try this one again. The Lost Year is ending and the season that never happened is gone for good, but now our darkened theatre is lighting up once more. Plan to join us for a new year of Big Theatre in a Small Space, with another exciting schedule of plays never or rarely seen in St. Louis. The season kicks off in September with Steven Dietz’s Bloomsday, an Irish time-travel romance (ever seen one of those?). In December, it’s Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart, one of the most compelling dramas of the Vietnam war era, looking at the war from a women’s perspective. In February, we present Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton. Can you guess who that’s about? And finally, in April, Martin McDonough’s The Lonesome West, the darkest comedy you will ever see. Click here for a complete Season 110 rundown.