A Child's Christmas in Wales
By Dylan Thomas
Created by Charles McMahon and Sebastienne Mundheim
Directed by Sebastienne Mundheim
December 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014
From the Lantern and Philadelphia performance artist Sebastienne Mundheim comes an original adaptation of one of the best-loved works from great poet Dylan Thomas. Looking back on a boyhood walk through his Welsh village on Christmas Day, Thomas invites us to join him as he relives his childhood: a larger-than-life world of imagination, myth, and wonder. Mundheim's unique work has been described as "three-dimensional storybooks," combining language and puppetry to imbue everyday objects with life and magic. United with Thomas' comic prose and four of Philadelphia's finest actors, Mundheim's stunning visual landscape will transport audiences of all ages.
"The language is enchanting and the poetry shines with an unearthly radiance." –The New York Times on A Child's Christmas in Wales
Videos by Theresa Thao Nguyen
Photos by Mark Garvin, Sebastienne Mundheim, and Kathryn Raines
Cast & Production Team
Charlie DelMarcelle Doug Hara Geneviève Perrier Amy Smith
Meghan Jones, Production Manager Sebastienne Mundheim, Production Designer Jillian Keys, Costume Designer Shon Causer, Lighting Designer Robert Kaplowitz, Sound Designer & Composer Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager Katherine Coots, Assistant Director
Co-creator Sebastienne Mundheim is an interdisciplinary storyteller, installation artist, and educator, as well as founder and artistic director of White Box Theatre.
News & Reviews
"It will surely steal your heart in an instant! Lantern Theater Company's world premiere adaptation captures all the warmth, nostalgia, and childlike wonder of the original, employing live actors, puppets, miniature houses, plastic-bag clouds, and exhilarating snow flurries to transform Thomas's descriptive language and idealized memories into an enchanting theatrical vision." –Phindie more
"A Child's Christmas in Wales is a Christmas show for people like me who hate Christmas shows, but who love stage enchantment without cliché or trite sentimentality. Do yourself a favor and recapture some of the innocent magic of childhood as displayed by this wonderful piece of work." –Broad Street Review more
"A heartwarming holiday evening, Wales has the charm of a trippy Charlie Brown Christmas." –Phindie more
"Words cannot express the euphoria that is watching Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales. Not enough can be said to compliment the design team (Shon Causer for Lighting and Robert Kaplowitz for Sound), the cast, and co-creators, Charles McMahon and Sebastienne Mundheim, for doing the impossible: for returning theatre to its roots of storytelling, imagination, and making tangible the impossible." –Examiner
Header Photo: Geneviêve Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.