USM Department of Theatre to present LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC 9/7-8

USM Department of Theatre to present LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC 9/7-8USM Department of Theatre to present two nights of 'Last Train to Nibroc' Sept. 7-8

The USM Department of Theatre will bring Arlene Hutton's "Last Train to Nibroc" to the Main Stage at Russell Hall on USM's Gorham campus for two nights on September 7 and 8 at 7:30pm.

The production was performed throughout the summer by two of the Theatre program's student actors, Emily Grotz and Luis Del Valle, at the historic Deertrees Theatre in Harrison, Maine. The play is directed by Andrew Harris, chair of USM's Department of Theatre and Artistic and Executive Director of the Deertrees Theatre.

"Last Train to Nibroc," set in December 1940, is about a chance encounter that brings together a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh, and shy May, a young woman who has been jilted by her soldier fiancé, on an eastbound cross-country train that also carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As their paths continue to cross over the years, an unexpected bond develops.

"Grotz and Del Valle, both theater majors at the University of Southern Maine, embrace their characters and the play's symbolism with a heartwarming maturity," April Boyle said in her Portland Press Herald review of the play at Deertrees Theatre in July. "Real-life chemistry seems to emanate from the two as their characters verbally spar onstage. Grotz brings just the right amount of sanctimoniousness to her otherwise good-hearted character, and Del Valle matches her with a winsome boyishness as his character playfully chides and teases May."

Admission for these performances is by cash donation at the door. Reservations can be made here.

Last Train to Nibroc

By Arlene Hutton
Directed by Andrew Harris
Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

A complete fall 2017 season announcement will follow. For more information on USM's Department of Theatre events and programs, click here.

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