Fringe Theater presents Steven Dietz’ Bloomsday March 17-21 at 7pm on stage in the Frederick Douglass Gym, located at 111 Olivia Street. 

“We’re delighted to be able to give our audience members an entirely new experience with the Frederick Douglass Gym,” says Fringe Board President, Janet Bengel. The Fringe used the gymnasium to present their Black History Month play reading last season. “We’re creating a black box theater on the stage of the gym, so the audience and the performers will share that space. It’s going to be an entirely different experience.” 

Bloomsday is a keenly written exploration of choices. A James Joyce professor journeys to Dublin to find his “almost love of a lifetime” from 35 years ago. A shift in time provides him more than just an opportunity to reminisce. If you could go back, would you?

Fringe Theater’s production is directed by Glenda Donovan. Key West audiences will remember her from her starring role in Fringe’s Collected Stories (2019). She also staged Golda’s Balcony at the synagogue last year for Fringe. “This is a beautiful play,” shared Donovan. “It weaves intriguingly through time and space to explore the outcomes of decisions that we make early in life.”  

There are actually only two characters in the play, but four actors. “Imagine if your twenty-five year old self could meet your fifty-five year old self. What would you say to each other,” Donovan adds. 

The play features Don Bearden as Robert, Wende Shoer as Cait, Uaa Red as Robbie, and Dora Thompson as Caithleen. Set design by Jules Conn, Light design by Kendall Cameron and Daashia, and Stage Crew run by Sam Messier. 

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Tickets for Bloomsday are available online at or by calling the Fringe Box Office 305-731-0581.  Seating is limited, so advance tickets are encouraged. Bloomsday runs March 17-21 at 7pm.  General Admission Tickets begin at $35. For more information, email