Although Kathryne Dora Brown is making her Mark Taper Forum debut as Silvia in "Changes of Heart," she's not exactly a Taper novice. She has youthful memories of being backstage at the Taper, when other members of her family were onstage.
In fact, three generations of her family have now appeared on the Taper stage--probably a record, say Taper veterans.
Brown's parents are Tyne Daly (four Taper main-stage appearances, 1976-78, plus one at the Taper's Itchey Foot cabaret in 1981) and Georg Stanford Brown (4 Taper main-stage performances, 1969-1974). Daly's father, James Daly, appeared on the Taper main-stage in 1970, and his wife (Tyne's mother), Hope Newell, was a Taper understudy in 1977.
All of them except James Daly, who died in 1978, saw the newest Taper star perform on opening night of "Changes of Heart" on July 22.
Brown says opening night was, for her, "more terrifying" than the preceding night when the critics saw the show, because "the press is more forgiving than my family."