In 1953, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas premiered his masterpiece “Under Milk Wood” for a live audience at New York’s 92Y. Now, actor Michael Sheen returns with a new production of the play in celebration of Dylan Thomas' centenary.
Detailing the innermost thoughts and dreams of residents in a small village in Wales, the play became an international sensation and cemented Thomas’ reputation in the literary world.
Sheen's performance on October 26 at the 92Y was one day before Dylan Thomas' birthday and a 100 years old milestone. In commemoration, 2014 has been a celebration of the man’s vibrant career. All year, WNYC and the BBC have marked Thomas' centenary with special coverage. "Under Milk Wood" is the crowning jewel, a sprawling radio play led by Sheen and an esteemed cast of Welsh actors including Kate Burton, Karl Johnson, Mark Lewis Jones, Francine Morgan and Matthew Aubrey.
Listen to the entire performance of "Under Milk Wood," with an introduction from the BBC's Carolyn Hitt and the Y's Poetry Center Director Bernard Schwartz. Additionally, find more coverage on Dylan Thomas on our special centenary page, including interviews with those who worked closely with him during his time in New York. The 92Y's Milton Weill Art Gallery is also chronicling Thomas' time in the United States from 1950 to 1953 through photos, letters, postcards, and manuscripts. You can find more information at their website.