Under Milk Wood
The Snow & Associates production of 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas
was founded in NYC in 1993. It appears on college and university campuses,
regional theatres and selected commercial venues. The company
is available for bookings in the year 2005 and following.
We extend our thanks to all participants in the 6/29/97 celebration for our late director, James MacAaron, including a special guest appearance by Tony Randall.
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Excess of sorrow laughs; excess of joy weeps.
--William Blake, Proverbs of Hell
DYLAN THOMAS gave an early draft of Under Milk Wood an apt title: The Town Was Mad. Contrary to the traditional depiction of the setting as a quaint Welsh seaport, a careful reading of the text suggests a very different view:
The ficticious town that Dylan Thomas named "Llareggub" is a community populated by bigamists, pedophiles, necrophiles, nymphomaniacs, satanists, and cannibals... to name just a few of its 'colourful little eccentricities.' It is a town where dysfunctions ranging from alcoholism to xenophobia are a way of life. Even the name of the place is "buggerall" spelled backwards.
As one of the townsfolk remarks in a seemingly offhand way, There's a nasty lot that live here, when you come to think. This apparently inconspicuous comment reveals much about the subtext of the story, which has become the focus of this production.
Unlike the conventional representation of Llareggub as the kind of quaint little Welsh village one might view in a cheerfully coloured travelogue, this production recognises the darker side of life which lies hidden... "UNDER Milk Wood." Without diminishing the beauty of Thomas' language, or his sense of humour, it reveals a sense of the macabre core that underlies Llareggub's thin veneer of lovable pastoral eccentricity.
This production lands somewhere between Our Town and Deliverance, yet it is full of humour. Yes, the audience laughs, often and loudly. What's so funny about a town full of sociopaths? We believe that Dylan Thomas knew the answer: that life is better lived with a dark passion than a squeaky-clean complaisance; that with all their flaws, the denizens of Llareggub are divine creations, deserving of forgiveness and acceptance, laughter and love.
Mirroring the playwright's appeal to his audience, near the conclusion of the play, the Reverend Eli Jenkins prays to his creator:
We are not wholly bad or good
This production forces members of the audience to interrupt their laughter and ask the chilling question: "What are we laughing at?" And the answer may very well be: "Ourselves."
More Commentary about Under Milk Wood:
"Windfall Dancers' most ambitious, remarkable collaboration
-- Naomi Ritter, Bloomington Independent
"The lush and earthy language
-- Jack Felix, Williamsport Sun-Gazette
"Under Milk Wood
-- Clive Barnes, New York Post
"It's masterful writing.
-- Marion Garmel, Indianapolis Star
"... A solid, entertaining production,
-- Nick Riddle, Bloomington Independent
This production is dedicated to the memory of
Director, Actor, Mentor, Friend
Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels
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