Customer Service available Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm EST Sat & Sun 1pm to 8pm EST

Last Train to Nibroc - Full Length Play

Last Train to Nibroc

Arlene Hutton

Full Length Play

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780822217534

In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies…

More Information Below:

Description | Characters | Author
: DPS Acting Edition

Full Length Play


Unit Set/Multiple Settings

In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also on board is May, who shares her seat with a charming young flyer, Raleigh. Religious and bookish, May plans to be a missionary. Raleigh has been given a medical discharge and, inspired by West and Fitzgerald, is heading to New York to be a writer. Raleigh and May discover they are from neighboring Appalachian towns, and he decides to change trains for Kentucky, promising to take May to the next Nibroc Festival. Scene Two finds May and Raleigh at the festival, but a year and half later. Unfit for war, and needing to support his parents, Raleigh has been working in a Detroit factory. May is teaching school and dating an itinerant preacher. When Raleigh confronts her, May admits her prejudices against his family. It is not until the following spring as they sit on May's front porch, watching a lumberyard fire in the distance, that the two are finally able to resolve their differences and discover the depth of their feelings. May accepts Raleigh's sudden proposal to elope, as the sky grows red like a sunrise.
A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness, this simply staged romance played to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Off-Broadway. "…a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness…" —Associated Press. "NIBROC's jokes are funny and its couple endearing because their emotional struggles ring true." —Time Out NY. "You could easily enjoy another few hours of this." —NY Times. "…a blissfully sweet romantic play quite unlike the typical fare offered in theatres these days." —NYTheatre.com. "A character study that has originality and charm…Hutton's attention to detail (in character and period) plus her wonderfully authentic ear augurs well for her plays to come." —BackStage. "It is beautifully written…Every line is a heartbeat." —Financial Times.


1m, 1f

Arlene Hutton

Arlene Hutton

Arlene Hutton is a member of New Dramatists and a MacDowell Colony fellow. She is the author of Last Train to Nibroc (2000 New York Drama League Best Play nomination) and the Shaker drama As It Is In Heaven, both of which were selected for Smith & Kraus Best Women Playwrights anthologies. A four-time Heideman Award finalist and a three-time Samuel French Short Play Festival winner, her New ... view full profile

Now Playing

You May Also Like

See all