8 p.m. Friday/Saturday March 14-15 & 21-22
LCC Black Box Theatre - Room 168 Gannon Building
411 N. Grand Ave., Lansing
Dylan is the story of the destruction of a life. The mighty talents of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas succumbed to the mightier weight of alcoholism, taking him at age 39. The play follows the poet as he is wooed and feted by American society on several trips to the U.S., struggling with his feeling that his best work is 15 years old, spending every penny he earns from readings at literary societies and universities, and ultimately returning home in a casket. Though undeniably tragic, there is a great deal of humor as the earthy and exquisitely witty poet is portrayed as the complex man he was, with a deeply conflicted marriage to wife Caitlyn, and an appetite for many a mistress.
“Dylan parallels humanity’s own self-destructive nature: knowing that our actions will someday lead to our own demise, but not knowing how to live differently, or not caring about the consequences,” said director John Lennox. “The story is also about love: twisted, illogical and perhaps even undeserved love, but love nonetheless. It is a reflection on how we as people betray that love we should have for humanity.”
Lennox played the title role in a 1987 production at Western Michigan University. On directing the play now he said, “I see things in it that I couldn't possibly have understood as a 19-year-old actor. As always when someone else plays a role you played you think: "No, do it like this" and sometimes even "Why didn't I do it that way?" So it has been difficult to direct another Dylan and not give line readings. But I lucked out with who I cast – it hasn't been nearly as difficult as I was afraid it was going to be.”
Playing the role of Dylan Thomas is Joseph Mull. The cast of LCC students features Kelley McNabb as Caitlyn, Scott Wheeler as Dylan’s friend John Malcolm Brinnen, Ian Henretty as his agent Angus, Katie Dufort as his mistress Meg, Patrick Foster as fellow poet Mattock, and playing multiple roles: Cassie Little, Chelsea-Ann Bonofiglio, Max Donovan, Robert Aultz, and Hunter Folleth.
$5 students, $10 adults
Available at the door, or in advance M-Th 10am-6pm in Gannon Building Room 132 “The Hole in the Hall”
LCC Performing Arts Production Office, 517-483-1488