inD Theatre’s production of Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood,” on stage at Rolling Bay Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Nov. 10, boasts a large cast — and an even larger cast of characters.
By 1953 Thomas was ready to turn to writing large-scale dramas. He died at the end of that year, shortly after completing “Under Milk Wood,” subtitled “A Play for Voices,” which was first broadcast on BBC Radio in January 1954.
In this vivid poetic-dramatic evocation of the variegated population of a small Welsh seaside town, Thomas strands humor and death-tinged melancholy through monologues, dialogues, vignettes and songs.
Llareggub and its population spring to vibrant life, so intensely particular that they achieve universality. Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and the rhythm of a day.
“Our lovely cast of a dozen actors will portray more than 70 characters in this classic Welsh tale,” said inD Theatre co-founder Matt Eldridge.
The cast includes Eldridge, Ali Budge, Tom Challinor, Barbara Deering, Sophie Eldridge, Gary Fetterplace, Bronsyn Foster, Patrick Hurlburt, Dara Lillis, Hayden Longmire, Matty McCaslin and Rachel Noll James.
The show is directed by Bradford Farwell, with music direction by Shannon Dowling.
Both the play and the poem offer an unforgettable journey into the roots of language and the soul of Wales, Eldridge said. Audience members are encouraged to either bring sunglasses or close their eyes during the performance, to better take in the rich vocal tapestry.
Admission is by donation. Visit www.indtheatre.org to reserve a seat.
The show is approximately 90 minutes long, with no intermission.