WHEN: Friday-Saturday, January 12-13
TIME: 8:00pm
WHERE: Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave, Portland Oregon 97209
HOW MUCH: $10.00 (Cash or Check Only)
RESERVE: 971.266.3787,



Dylan Drawing

Pictured: Dylan Thomas sketches his map of Llareggub.

On January 12-13, Readers Theatre Repertory presents the great prose-poem-play, by Dylan Thomas, directed by Mary McDonald-Lewis

Set in the small Welsh fishing village of Llareggub (“bugger all” spelled backwards, a Thomas joke), the play follows the comings and goings of the inhabitants over 24 hours and by giving us a glimpse into their lives – both peculiar and somehow peculiarly ordinary – it manages to say something universal about the human conditions. It is also wondrously, uniquely Welsh.

“I’m of Welsh descent, and have a deep love of both Tomas and the land,” says McDonald-Lewis, who also performs in the show. “Thomas began this story at 17, in 1931. In ’33 and again in ’44 it emerges in his work, until finally he completes it for production on the BBC in September ’53. He planned revisions, but died in New York city while on tour that November.”

The language of Under Milkwood has long been lauded as some of the finest in the theatre corpus. Critic Kenneth Tynan wrote: “He conscripts metaphors, rapes the dictionary and builds a verbal bawdy-house where words mate and couple on the wing, like swifts. Nouns dress up, quite unselfconsciously, as verbs, sometimes balancing three-tiered epithets on their heads and often alliterating to boot.”

The cast includes Brian Harcourt, Tim Jaeger, Mary McDonald Lewis, Kevin Murphy, and Gary Powell, among others.

The show starts at 8PM and run about an hour. Admission is $10.00, cash or check only.

Reservations are strongly encouraged, and walk-ins should arrive by 7:30P. All reserved seats will be released to walk-ins at 7:55P sharp. For information and ticket reservations: 971.266.3787, or



At RTR we’re committed to producing theatre that’s excellent and affordable. To that end, we have not raised our ticket prices for 16 years. This year, we’ve increased our actors’ pay by 33%, and raised tickets from $8 to $10. Thank you for supporting our actors’ storytelling via this small increase.


Readers Theatre Repertory was founded in 2001 to tell “small stories with big ideas at their heart,” tales that alternately amuse, confront, assuage and inspire. Using one-act plays as the text, the company focuses on intimate human relationships to explore universal themes. Through these stories and through educational outreach and affordable ticket prices, RTR™ is committed to developing, expanding and diversifying Portland’s theatrical audiences. The company’s main stage season is at Blackfish Gallery™ in Portland’s Pearl District.

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