Welcome to the official website of Danny Bryck!
The kickstarter campaign for The River and the Sea raised $9500! You can still support this work with a tax-deductible donation through Fractured Atlas here.
In 2012 – 2013, playwright Danny Bryck conducted hundreds of interviews with a diverse cast of real life characters in Israel/Palestine. This documentary play brings us a sweeping and surprising encounter with contemporary stories of the people living on the land between the river and the sea – from a young soldier in Tel Aviv to a young mother from Gaza, a Holocaust survivor to an Eritrean refugee, a Filipino migrant worker to a German convert to Judaism turned anti-occupation activist. Using their real words, The River and the Sea challenges our notions of birthright and belonging, history and nation, and the ways we define ourselves and each other. When everyone tells a different story, how do we tell the truth?
The River and the Sea received staged reading at New Repertory Theatre on March 24 as part of the Next Rep Festival.
Check out the official trailers for The River and the Sea and
No Room for Wishing!
Find out how to bring No Room for Wishing to your venue or school!
No Room For Wishing is a one-man documentary play about how big picture politics affect our everyday lives, and what happens when people come together to try to force change. Compiled entirely from the exact words of people involved in and affected by the Occupy movement in Boston in the fall of 2011, No Room For Wishing is a complex, disturbing, and inspiring look at how human beings succeed and fail in building relationships, social structures, and governance. One of Boston’s most dynamic young theatre makers portrays over thirty characters in this 90-minute up-close-and-personal encounter with our nation and ourselves.
The play had a dynamic collaborative world premiere in the Boston area last fall, co-produced by Company One, Central Square Theater and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and has since performed at the off-Broadway Theater at St. Clements, among other venues. It was nominated for Best New Play and Best Solo by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Written and performed by Danny Bryck and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, with sound design by Benjamin Scheff and featuring original music by Miles Disney and Ruby Rose Fox.
In April and May, I will be joining director Megan Sandberg-Zakian again at Underground Railway Theater, for the world premiere of Sila, a play by Chantal Bilodeau about eight characters – including a climatologist, an Inuit activist, and two polar bears – finding their values challenged as they grapple with a rapidly changing environment and world. More info at www.centralsquaretheater.org.
More recent news:
In February and March of 2014 I returned to Actors’ Shakespeare Project for their production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, at Pine Manor College in Brookline, directed by Melia Bensussen. More info here.
No Room for Wishing played to a full house at the Outside the Box Festival on the Boston Common this past July in the American Repertory Theater’s Spiegeltent. The festival was incredible and we can’t wait for next year!
In June, I joined The Civilians for their show Be the Death of Me, a new interview-based installation performance about life and death in New York City.
This past May, I had the privilege of performing alongside Danny Glover in “Roots of Liberty,” a historical pageant celebrating the Haitian Revolution and its effect on the American Civil War and Emancipation. The pageant featured an original script, a choir, Afro-Caribbean band Zili Misik, Haitian folkloric dance troupe Jean Apollon Expressions, puppetry, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Re-enactors, and a fantastic cast of Boston actors, and was directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, who also directs No Room for Wishing. See the full video at the website for “Freedom Rising,” the historical conference which co-produced “Roots of Liberty” with Central Square Theater.
Check back for more updates!