Arlene Hutton's Last Train to Nibroc continues its course around the country, stopping in Sarasota's Florida Studio Theatre July 3-28. Florida Studio Theatre resident director Victoria Holloway helms the romantic drama.
Last Train to Nibroc follows two young Kentuckians who meet in 1940 on a train carrying the bodies of Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Raleigh, the man, is inspired to leave Kentucky to seek a literary career in New York. May, on the other hand, wants to return home where she has maintained a life of diversion.
Author Hutton, a member of the New Dramatists, won the Samuel French Short Play Contest twice, the John Lippman Award and was a finalist for the Actors' Theatre of Louisville's 2000 Heineman Award. Last Train to Nibroc, her first full length play, had a well-received Off-Broadway run.
Amy Tribbey is May with Jason Kuykendall as Raleigh. She's played Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Lizzie in The Rainmaker, while Kuykendall's work has included Edmund in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Edgar in King Lear and the movie "Monkey Bone."
Designing Last Train to Nibroc are Eric C. Craft (lighting and sets) and Marcella Beckwith (costumes). Jennnifer L. Boris is the production stage manager. Tickets are $18-$26. The Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241 North Palm Avenue. For reservations, call (941) 366-9000.
— By Christine Ehren