Sharing the Spotlight with the Pros
CFA students land roles in the Huntington’s The Corn Is Green
Danny Bryck is sharing the stage with a Tony-nominated actress and former star of the hit television show Grey’s Anatomy. Not bad for a school of theatre undergraduate.
Bryck is performing opposite Kate Burton, the daughter of theater legend Richard Burton, in The Corn Is Green, the current production of the Huntington Theatre Company. “College students don’t generally have the opportunity to share a stage with such a seasoned actor,” says Bryck (CFA’09), “so even though my character is secondary and I don’t have a lot of lines, it’s still a huge deal.”
Bryck is one of four College of Fine Arts school of theatre students involved in the production. Written by Welsh playwright Emlyn Williams in 1938, the play tells the story of idealistic teacher Miss Moffat (Burton), who comes to an impoverished 19th-century Welsh mining town to open its first school. When she meets the gifted but illiterate teenager Morgan Evans, portrayed by Burton’s son, Morgan Ritchie, she vows to transform him from a bully to a scholar.
Because of the Huntington Theatre Company’s affiliation as theater in residence at Boston University, alumni are often part of the cast and crew. But it’s less common for undergraduates to land roles, says Dan Lovley (CFA’09), who has a small role in The Corn Is Green. “The best thing about participating in a mainstage production is working with professional actors,” he says, “because they help me to approach my own way of acting.” Lovley has played bit parts in two previous Huntington productions.
The Corn Is Green runs at the BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., through Sunday, February 8. Tickets range from $20 to $82.50 and may be purchased online, by phone at 617-266-0800, or in person at the BU Theatre box office or at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion box office, 527 Tremont St., Boston. Patrons age 35 and younger may purchase $25 tickets (ID is required), and a $5 discount is available for seniors and military personnel. Student rush tickets are available for $15 at the box office two hours before each performance, and members of the BU community get $10 off (ID is required).
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