SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Studio B, a Maplewood and South Orange-based arts organization known for producing unique, standing-room-only events with area artists, will present Milkwood: A Story of Love, Politics and Demolition from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at the Loft at SOPAC as part of the inaugural South by South Orange Festival.
According to Studio B, at Milkwood "audiences will get to do something they haven’t done in a long time: laugh at ourselves." Milkwood is a farce of an old-time radio soap opera which is "aimed at popping a hole in the local political bubble."
Marcy Thompson of Studio B, and co-writer of Milkwood, explained “Maplewood and South Orange have been caught up in the drama of the old Police Station, the Gateway, Third and Valley, the Post House, and the Post Office for years, and – essentially – it’s the same story over and over: what kind of towns do we want to live in? And – to a greater extent – who has the power to create change?”
“Development comes into town, and it changes things,” says Jenny Turner Hall, Thompson's partner at Studio B and co-writer of Milkwood, “And it makes for incredibly intense conversations. It’s about time we had a release!”
In addition to co-authoring the script, Thompson and Turner Hall will both perform in the play, which has a cast of all local, professional actors, including many Broadway and voice over artists: Sandy Rustin, Adam Dannheisser, Charlie Pollock, and David Josefsberg.
Milkwood will be recorded live in front of an audience as a radio play, complete with sound effects and live music by Monkeyworks. Studio B will release the recording of Milkwood as a podcast in four episodes.
Studio B stresses that Milkwood is a satirical work, and that the plot and the characters are “pure theater” and that any resemblance to real events or people is totally coincidental.