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In-Person Bloomsday Party with Arís Theatre at ASW Whiskey Exchange

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Arís is thrilled to be a part of the international celebration of Bloomsday 2021 on Wednesday, June 16th at 7:30pm EST at ASW Whiskey Exchange!

Arís is hosting a free live in-person watch party, our first event since it all shut down in March 2020, and no better place to be than where we last partied for Burns Night 2020 - ASW.

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We will be premiering a YouTube broadcast of our show In Praise of Women, produced in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ireland | Atlanta. This homage to Joyce’s women features Nuala O’Connor, author of Nora, Consul General Ciara O’Floinn, Vice Consul Sarah Keane, Geraldine Higgins, Director of the Irish Studies Program at Emory University, and the talents of Kara Cantrell, Christina Leidel, Mary Saville, and Dónal P. Noonan, Musical Director at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta.

The program includes readings, musical performances, expert analysis, and author Nuala O'Connor will share insights from her recently published novel Nora, a reimagining of the life of Joyce's wife Nora Barnacle, who was also Joyce's muse and inspiration for Molly Bloom in the novel Ulysses.

This event follows a long tradition of Bloomsday, when celebrants dress in the period and flavor of the novel, and participate in readings, as well. The open mic is waiting for you to read a (short) extract from Joyce too. Don’t be shy!

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Arís and friends celebrating Bloomsday 2019 in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, GA.

For Arís, this is a marvelous case of symmetry. Our last live performance was in 2020, and we are overjoyed to return to live performance at the same location, ASW Whiskey Exchange, 1000 White Street, Atlanta, 30310. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate venue to resume in-person gatherings!

As well as enjoying the program, there will be giveaways of copies of Nuala O’Connor’s Nora as well as copies of James Joyce’s classics Ulysses and Dubliners.

ASW Whiskey Exchange doesn’t offer food service; however, you can either eat beforehand or purchase food and bring it into the Barrelhouse. Immediately adjacent to ASW Whiskey Exchange is the BoxCar Restaurant.

Also, right next door are two breweries, Wild Heaven Beer, which provides both food and beer, and Monday Night Brewing, which is serviced by food trucks. The doors at ASW Whiskey Exchange will open at 6:30pm, the presentation will start at 7:30pm.

While ASW has lifted their COVID-19 protocols, per the Governor’s Executive Order, Arís welcomes and respects anyone who wishes to remain masked.

ARÍS in the Time of COVID-19

In response to current events regarding cornoa virus and COVID-19, Arís has postponed production until the time is right. We are saddened by, but certain of, the need for this decision, and we are hopeful that the precautionary actions we are taking now will allow us to move forward as soon as possible. We are working to identify and secure alternative dates for this production, and we will keep you informed of the new timeframe when we have it.

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Left to right: Lauren Boyd, Joanna Daniel, and Kristin Storla in "FIGHTING WORDS". Photo by David Carlson.

One of our core ideals is community — the community of artists that form the core of our company, the community of actors, directors, designers, and theatrical technicians we have the joy and privilege of working with on our productions, the community created by our audience as they share our passion for the work we do, the Atlanta theatre community that we are proud to call home, and the wider community of this great city where we all live. Community drives us to always consider the impact of our actions on others, and the choices we make about how to conduct ourselves as members of each of these communities is consistently a determining factor.

So in light of the risks associated with large gatherings at this time, it was not a difficult decision to postpone our spring production of Fighting Words. We are, as are our sister theatrical companies, concerned for the health and safety of our artists and audiences in this time of great uncertainty. So, for now, take care of yourselves and your families, and look forward to the time where we can all come together again to share our stories. We’re sure there will be lots to tell!


Your friends at Arís

Arís, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donations may be made either via Paypal or by check payable to Arís, Inc. and mailed to:

PO Box 8415
Atlanta GA 31106

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring the theatrical and literary traditions, mythology, and storytelling from and about Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England to Atlanta. Aris presents full productions and staged readings of contemporary and classical plays. We celebrate annual events such as Burns Night and Bloomsday. We participate in other events that feature the literature, poetry, and music of the British Isles. Aris is committed to breathing fresh life into timeless classics as well as introducing our audience to the work of new and emerging contemporary playwrights.


Arís performing at The Celtic Christmas Concert in 2013