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Stephen Rewill perform staged reading “Ulysses” Oct. 11 Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center. | GETTY IMAGES

Stephen Rea will perform a staged reading of “Ulysses” Oct. 11 at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center. | GETTY IMAGES

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Updated: October 2, 2012 6:05AM

Stephen Rea, the Irish actor who has appeared in such films as “Michael Collins,” “Breakfast on Pluto” and “The Crying Game,” will perform a staged reading from James Joyce’s “Ulysses” Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.

The reading, at which Rea will be joined by Chicago actors and musicians, is a special preview for the iBAM! James Joyce Exhibit, an interactive display, on loan from the Irish government, that tells the story of Joyce, one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. The exhibition will be on view Oct. 13 and 14 at the Center as part of the 4th annual Irish Books, Art and Music celebration.

Tickets to the preview event with Rea are $20, and reservations are a must. For more information and tickets to the rest of the activities ($15 per day or $20 for a two-day pass) call (708) 445-0700 or visit


With a revised mission to “make free art for all” and to develop a “public access theater,” Oracle Theatre, under the artistic direction of Max Truax, has announced a 2013 season of three admission-free productions on its mainstage, three touring performances of “The Radio Movement” for senior living communities and homeless shelters, four B*Sides productions in collaboration with various artistic collectives, two short films, and several film festivals and filmmaker showcases.

The three mainstage shows — two plays and a musical — were originally written to serve as catalysts for social change, and have been selected by Truax to set up a dialogue between artists and audiences that asks “How do we use art to make society better?” They include: Dario Fo’s “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” (Jan, 19-Feb. 23, 2013), directed by Ben Fuchsen; Bertolt Brecht’s “The Mother” (April 20-May 25, 2013); directed by Truax, with music composed by Jonathan Guillen, and Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty” (June 29- Aug. 3, 2013), directed by Matt Foss.

Oracle Theatre is located at 3809 N. Broadway. For additional information visit Oracle’s new website at

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