Dylan Thomas: In My Craft or Sullen Art
Geraint Wynn Davies and an all-star cast bring one of greatest poets of the 20th Century off the page and directly into the heart. Hear Thomas’s most famous poems including “Fern Hill,” “Do Not Go Gentle,” and “ In My Craft of Sullen Art,” plus the complete “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and “A Visit to Grandpa’s.” GPR’s best selling CD.
Dylan Thomas is that rare thing, a poet who has it in him to allow us, particularly those of us who are coming to poetry for the first time, to believe that poetry might not only be vital in itself but also of some value to us in our day to day lives. It’s no accident, surely, that Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night” is a poem which is read at two out of every three funerals. We respond to the sense in that poem, as in so many others, that the verse engine is so turbo-charged and the fuel of such high octane that there’s a distinct likelihood of the equivalent of vertical lift-off. Dylan Thomas’s poems allow us to believe that we may be transported, and that belief is itself transporting.
–Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet
Geraint Wyn Davies, born in Swansea, Wales has performed his one man show about Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle, all over North America. He has performed leading roles in major theatres across North America and the U.K. . He has appeared in such plays as Cyrano de Bergera”, Hamlet, Richard III, Henry V and The Three Musketeers, The Boys from Syracuse, Sleuth and The Taming of The Shrew, Gross Indecency, My Fair Lady, King Lear, The Tempest, The Dream, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and many others. Film and TV credits include ReGenesis, Murdoch Mysteries, 24, Slings and Arrows, Black Harbour, Tracker, Airwolf, Forever Knight, American Psycho II, Ghost Mom, Post Mortem, Nancy Drew, Hypercube to name a few. Geraint also appears on the best-selling poetry compilation, Poetic License, 100 Poems/100 Performers. His father is a Welsh congregational minister and his mother, a retired teacher, who was headmistress of Llawhaden- Geraint’s first school. His partner is actress Claire Lautier and he has two children, Galen and Pyper.
Francesca Faridany trained in London at The Drama Centre. Broadway: The 39 Steps and The Homecoming. Other roles include Rosalind, Cassandra, Beatrice, Titania, Kyra in Skylight, Anita/Wendy in Simon Gray’s Japes, Narrator in the Sitwell/Walton Façade, Sylvia in Stephen Wadsworth’s translations of Marivaux’ The Game of Love and Chance and Changes of Heart and the title role in her own adaptation of Arthur Schniztler’s Fräulein Else, all at some of the country’s leading regional theatres.
Dana Ivey has worked in both the U.S. and Canada since 1965. She has received five Tony nominations: for both Heartbreak House and Sunday in the Park in the same year, and for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Rivals, and Butley. She received an Obie Award for creating the role of Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, and for Mrs. Warren’s Profession. In 2008, she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and received an honorary doctorate from Rollins College. Among her films are Addams Family, Legally Blonde 2, Rush Hour 3, Ghost Town, Sabrina, Two Weeks Notice, and The Color Purple. www.DanaIvey.com
Carole Shelley’s Broadway credits include The Odd Couple (in addition to the film and television version) The Miser, Stepping Out (Tony nomination), The Elephant Man (Tony Award, Best Actress), Hay Fever, The Norman Conquests (LADCC Award), Absurd Person Singular (Tony nomination), Loot, Wicked and currently Billy Elliott (Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway: The Film Society, London Suite, The Destiny of Me, Richard II (NYSF), Later Life (Drama Desk nomination), Cabaret Verboten, What the Butler Saw, Little Murders, Twelve Dreams (Obie award), Tartuffe. Her many films include Quiz Show, The Road to Wellville, Jungle 2 Jungle, The Super, and Disney’s Hercules, The Aristocats, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Robin Hood.
Mark Stone, English Baritone, has sung for The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North¸ Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Buxton Festival, Garsington Opera and Grange Park Opera and abroad he has sung for Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Opera Atelier Toronto, Liceu Barcelona, Leipzig, Stockholm, Montpellier, Netherlands Reisopera, Israeli Opera and New Zealand Opera. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the Concert Music of Glen Roven.
|1. In My Craft or Sullen Art|
|2. Fern Hill|
|3. Youth Calls to Age|
|4. A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Abridged)|
|5. Music Interlude|
|6. Sometimes the Sky Is too Bright (Francesca Faridany)|
|7. Music Interlude|
|8. Author’s Prologue|
|9. A Visit to Grandma’s (Abridged)|
|10. Music Interlude|
|11. Praise to the Architects|
|12. A Letter to my Aunt|
|13. Music Interlude|
|14. Of Any Flower|
|15. On a Wedding Anniversary (Carole Shelley)|
|16. Out of a War with Wits|
|17. Music Interlude|
|18. Poem in October (Dana Ivey)|
|19. Marriage of a Virgin|
|20. But Being Men|
|21. Clown in the Moon (Read by Carole Shelley)|
|22. Where Once the Waters of Your Face|
|23. You Shall Not Despair|
|24. The Reverend Eli Jenkins|
|25. Music Interlude|
|26. Death Shall Have No Dominion|
|27. Do Not Go Gentle|
|28. In My Craft or Sullen Art (reprise)|
|29. In My Craft or Sullen Art (Mark Stone/Glen Roven)|
|30. A Child’s Christmas in Wales (complete)|
|31. A Visit to Grandpa’s (complete)|
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