Whitesburg KY

Actor chosen to play woods owner Cornett

A man who will portray Letcher County native Lilley Cornett is one of five performers selected to join the Kentucky Chautauqua cast beginning in August 2013.

The addition of David Hurt of Frankfort, who will portray Cornett, and four others were selected by the Kentucky Humanities Council’s team of volunteer reviewers from 18 applicants who were chosen to audition last month at the Actor’s Guild South Elkhorn Theatre in Lexington.

Lilley Cornett was a conservationist and environmentalist long before it was popular. An uneducated man from a pioneer family, Cornett’s 500 acres in the Linefork area of Letcher County remains the only place in Kentucky that looks the same today as it did before the 18th Century European settlement.

Hurt will spend the next year working with costume and drama consultants, as well as historians, to perfect his presentation.

Created in 1992 as the Kentucky Humanities Council’s contribution to the Commonwealth’s bicentennial celebration, Kentucky Chautauqua is a living history program that has now brought life to 60 fascinating figures from Kentucky’s past. Some are famous, like Henry Clay and George Rogers Clark; others are not famous but should be, like Lt. Anna Mac Clark, a Lawrenceburg native who was the first black offi cer to command white troops and helped integrate the military in World War II.

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