According to press notes, the play "tells the story of idealistic and hardnosed school teacher Miss Moffat (Burton) who moves to a small Welsh mining town to open its first school. When she discovers unexpected promise in a gifted but illiterate teenager (Ritchie), she guides his ascent from bully to brilliant student as the two discover the lasting impact each has on the other's life." Nicholas Martin directs a cast that also features Will LeBow as The Squire, Bobbie Steinbach as Sarah Pugh, Kristine Nielsen as Mrs. Watty, Roderick McLachlan as John Goronwy Jones, Mary Faber as Bessie Wattie, Kathleen McCafferty as Miss Ronberry, Stephen Gabis as Old Tom and Jared Craig as Idwal Morris.
Rounding out the company are Danny Bryck, Dan Lovely, Patrick James Lynch, Michael Moran, Brian Vaughan, Lizzie Bassett, Andy Blaustein, Eliza Fichter, Daniel George, Abigail Gillian, Zachary LeClair, Farrell Parker, Raquel Sandler, Sophie Sinclair, Jordan Ben Sobel, Derek St. Pierre and Greg Stone.
Here is a look at the actors in the 2007 Williamstown production. The Huntington staging, featuring new costume design, runs through Feb. 8.
Burton and Ritchie Star in Huntington's The Corn Is Green
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