The Seagull Curtain Calls

Name: Kate Burton

Role: Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina

Hometown: New York, New York

Most recent Huntington role: Miss Moffat in The Corn is Green

What did your parents want you to be when you grew up?
My father wanted me to be a writer and my mother was happy for me to be an actress only if it made me happy.

Most memorable acting experience from early in your career?
One of my most memorable early acting experiences was playing Alice in Alice in Wonderland on Broadway, directed by Eva LeGallienne. I was feeling a bit under the weather (aka hungover) when one of my co-actors suggested that what would make me feel better was Dr. Footlights (aka doing the show). He was right. That actor was playing the Doormouse and his name was...Nicholas Martin. We have been at each other's side ever since!

 

Name: Nancy E. Carroll

Role: Paulina Andreyevna

Hometown: Born in Haverhill, MA and raised in Ohio, but I came back summers to visit relatives and moved to the North Shore 20 years ago to be near the ocean!

Favorite Chekhov play?
It will be The Seagull!

Most recent Huntington role:
I was most recently at the Huntington doing Rapture, Blister, Burn — and the extra bonus was Peter asking me to go out to LA and finish their run of the play at The Geffen. Two weeks of doing a play I love and all that sunshine!

What did you parents want you to be when you grew up?
I think my mother would have preferred I had chosen something more reliable because she worries about me supporting myself. But my father told me when I was in my teens to follow my heart and live the life that fed my soul.

Most memorable acting experience from early in your career?
Every job has taught me and informed and scared me and delighted me; they can bring joy, tears, and laughter (and confusion). It's all so varied I couldn't choose one — I look forward to each new role to see what challenge it presents. 

 

Name: Morgan Ritchie

Role: Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev

Hometown: New York, New York

Favorite Chekhov play?
It's a toss-up for me between Three Sisters and The Seagull. The emotional fireworks of The Seagull are more fun to play, and everyone sharing this desire for fame and public accolades makes for great comedy. The philosophical questions that the aristocrats of Three Sisters wrestle with (does anything we do really matter? will anyone remember us?) are fascinating, though, particularly in light of what was soon to pass in Russia. The two plays exist side by side for me, in some way, linked by their characters' preoccupation with their station in life, and their desire for fulfillment that always seems just out of their reach.

Most recent Huntington role:
Morgan Evans in The Corn is Green. I had a lovely time and I'm very excited to be returning.

What did your parents want you to be when you grew up?
I don't think what I did was important to them as long as I was happy. I knew from a young age, though, that I wanted to be involved in theater, it just seemed like such a fun and exciting place to be, as I saw it growing up.

Most memorable acting experience from early in your career?
They've all been pretty memorable, honestly, but my first time at the Huntington (in The Corn is Green) was probably the most exciting. I got my Equity card, and felt, for the first time, like a "real" actor (whatever that means). It was a very important part of my development, and I know I'll always feel a connection to this theater because of that.

 

 Name: Nael Nacer

Role: Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko

Hometown: Paris, France

Favorite Chekhov play?
This will be my first time perfoming Chekhov, but I've always loved The Seagull. It was my introduction to Chekhov and his wonderfully raw, hilarious, and tragic characters.

Most recent Huntington role:
Simon Stimson in David Cromer's production of Our Town

What did your parents want you to be when you grew up?
I think my parents would have been delighted if I'd gone into the world of business.

Most memorable acting experience from early in your career?
I'm still in the early years of my career, so this is quite recent, but I was lucky enough to be a part of Our Town last year at the Huntington. Everything about that experience — the play, the people, the music, and the gasps, sobs, and sighs from the audience when the lights went out at the end of the play — will vividly remain with me for a long, long time. And the smell of Bacon.


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