The Durango Public Library's is initiating a spoken-word series this month. The first production will be a free, readers' theater version of the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' one-act play "Under Milk Wood." The play runs about 80 minutes with an intermission."Under Milk Wood" was first performed in 1953 in New York City. It is the story of one day in the life of a Welsh fishing village. "Under Milk Wood" begins before dawn while people are sleeping and dreaming. It moves through the day with fishermen going to the sea and children to school. The play ends at dusk as the town and its people go back to sleep.
Intended to be read by six or so actors on a bare stage, the work is rich in humor and detail. There are two narrators: First Voice will be read by professor Larry Hartsfield from Fort Lewis College, and Second Voice will be Albert Carlson of Bank of Colorado. The remaining players will be: Tom Hafnor, Judy Hook, Maureen May, Nancy Greif, Tanya Milchen and Judith Reynolds. Lisa Kramer, a Fort Lewis College visiting professor, will direct.
Over the next year, the Spoken Word Series will include a variety of formats. All programs are free and open to the public. The series is organized by Durango author, critic, journalist and artist, Judith Reynolds.
For more information, call the library, call Reynolds at 259-4486 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.