Under Milk Wood is poet Thomas' only widely known play. It was originally written for the radio as a "play for voices." There is no plot as such, aside from the daily doings and spoken thoughts of the residents of a seaside town in Wales. Many of the characters are decidedly eccentric, but all are lovingly drawn. The play was first staged in 1953. It ran briefly on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre in 1957.
A large cast is typically needed to essay the more than four dozen roles (including Nogood Boyo, Lily Smalls, Lord Cut Glass, Jack Black and several drowned sailors). Filling Williamstown's production are Dana Ivey (Major Barbara, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), Becky Ann Baker (Shanghai Moon, Titanic), Kristine Nielsen (Betty's Summer Vacation, Ominum Gatherum), D.B. Sweeney, Jay Goede (A Year with Frog and Toad), Kathy McCafferty, Jack Willis (The Threepenny Opera), Susan Blommaert, Charles Janasz, Dylan Baker (Tartuffe), Kenneth Garner, Stephen Gabis, Phyllis Somerville (Hurricane), Rachel A. Siegel, Gus Danowski, John Forest, Baron Vaughn, Stefani Katarina Cvijetic, Amina Robinson, Nancy McNulty, Abby Huston, Nikki Berger, Liz Wisan, Susane Lee, Rachel Frances Shaw, Scott Sweatt, Jim Kane, Barnett Cohen, Ralph Renzi, Rosalind Cramer and Jarlath Conroy.
Also in the cast are the child actors Kaliswa Brewster, Adrianna Carter, Henry Fuore, Brianne Morrison, Elise Passamani, Rachel Marisa Siegel, Jonathan Silver, Louise Smith, Adam Stanton and Ryder Stanton.
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The remaining Williamstown schedule, at a glance, runs as follows: Main Stage:
Under Milk Wood, July 23-Aug. 3
Travesties, Aug. 6-17
An Enemy of the People, Aug. 20-24
Mother of Invention, July 16-27
The Lake, July 30-Aug. 10
The Chekhov Cycle, Aug. 12-17