The Poetry Center celebrates Dylan Thomas’s centenary by turning Kaufmann Concert Hall into a studio for a free reading of Under Milk Wood broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales. The Poetry Center presented the premiere of this “play for voices,” with Thomas himself leading the cast, in May 1953.
Michael Sheen, who will direct the reading and lead a cast of all Welsh actors (including Kate Burton, Karl Johnson, Mark Lewis Jones, Francine Morgan and Matthew Aubrey), has said “it’s a real honor and an absolute thrill to be able to perform Under Milk Wood in this very special year and on the stage that it first found its voice. The live radio broadcast is an opportunity to celebrate him and his work in both New York—a city that became so important to Dylan—and, at the same time, in Wales, his inspiration and home.”
After the reading, patrons will have the opportunity to go next door to 92Y’s Weill Art Gallery and experience Dylan Thomas in America, an exhibition of photos, letters, drawings and manuscripts that chronicles the poet’s legendary trips to the U.S. in the 1950s. For gallery hours, or to make an appointment to see the exhibition, please call 212.415.5760.
Other DT/100 events occurring in the birthday week—Thomas was born on October 27, 1914—include A Night of Poetry in Celebration of Dylan Thomas at Bowery Poetry Club (Oct 26, 6pm) with Gwyneth Lewis, renowned writer and inaugural National Poet of Wales; Kevin Powell, poet and International Ambassador for the Dylan Thomas Centennial in America; and Bob Holman, American poet and poetry activist. And The Life and Legacy of Dylan Thomas: A Public Conversation with Dylan Thomas’s grand-daughter, Hannah Ellis; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Phillip Levine (who attended Dylan Thomas’s readings at 92Y in the ‘50s); and Powell.
More info on these citywide programs, which are sponsored by the British Council and the Welsh government, can be found at dylanthomas100.org.
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