THEATER: “Last Train to Nibroc” @ the Doctorow Center for the Arts

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In December, 1940, a east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel West from Los Angeles to New York. Also on board (and very much alive) is May, a young woman engrossed in her book and her dreams of becoming a missionary. She reluctantly shares her seat with a charming young pilot, Raleigh, who is coming back from LA, stunned by a piece of recent bad news.

Sparks fly, feelings are bruised and the prospect of war shadows everything as the train carries these two innocents to their separate destinations… and beyond. Filled with humor and pathos, Arlene Hutton’s Last Train to Nibroc is bound to touch the hearts of everyone who sees it. A fierce and funny portrait of two headstrong people in search of happiness, this romantic comedy has played to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, Off-Broadway and at hundreds of theaters across the United States.

At the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, Lora Lee Ecobelli directs the Kaaterskill Actors Theater’s production of the intimate and touching play about the on-again, off-again relationship between the young couple in rural Kentucky in the days just prior to WWII. The production stars Ida Joy and Logan Rando with music by Ramblin Jug Stompers.

The play runs at 7pm on Fridays & Saturdays, May 4-12 and at 2pm on Sundays, May 6 & 13. Tickets are available at the door, priced at $15; students $10.

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