THE NIBROC TRILOGY BY ROLLINS ALUM BETH LINCKS ('75) OPENS IN LOS ANGELES
Last summer LA Times
critic David C. Nichols wrote, "Had Arlene Hutton been around during Broadway's golden age, her finely wrought plays might rank with those of William Inge or Horton Foote. Among postmodern dramatists, Hutton (the pseudonym of actor-director Beth Lincks) stands apart, relying on traditional techniques in an era where such values grow ever rarer. This restrained old-school care distinguishes Last Train to Nibroc
at the [Actors Co-op] Crossley Theatre. Hutton's romantic WWII two-hander receives a spare, beautifully judged revival, as quietly enthralling as it is unassuming."
Beginning September 8th, Actors Co-op of Los Angeles presents Arlene Hutton's The Nibroc Trilogy
, restaging their acclaimed production of Last Train to Nibroc
in rotating repertory with See Rock City
and Gulf View Drive
.The Nibroc Trilogy by Arlene Hutton Creates Los Angeles Theatre Event World Premiere opens Actors Co-op 15th Season
Actors Co-op of Hollywood opens its benchmark year with award-winning playwright Arlene Hutton's humorous, touching, and insightful love story about a young married couple's journey through World War II on the home front and its challenges during a postwar America. The three part saga plays in repertory and includes the return of the 2005 critically acclaimed Last Train to Nibroc
, its sequel See Rock City
, and the world premiere of Gulf View Drive
.See Rock City
, part two of the trilogy, follows the tale of May and Raleigh, the two young strangers whose bumpy road to romance began when they shared a seat on Last Train to Nibroc
, heading east in 1940. Rock City
, also a one act play, picks up on the couple after their honeymoon and sees them through the end of World War II, introducing the characters of their two mothers-in-law. As the newlyweds begin their new life together living with May's parents in rural Kentucky, they struggle with newfound marital expectations and challenges on the home front during the ongoing war in Europe. When victory overseas brings unexpected consequences at home, the young couple is forced to face hidden truths and find uncommon solutions to the challenges of a new postwar America.
The world premiere of Gulf View Drive
, a full length play and the trilogy's final episode, finds May and Raleigh ten years later in Florida. Hutton's saga continues with the aftermath of war and the breakup of the traditional family. May and Raleigh live in an island community off the gulf coast of Florida. Their dream house shrinks as relatives descend, further testing the couple's love in this romantic, humorous, and insightful glimpse of life in the 1950s.See Rock City
was workshopped at The New Harmony Project and premiered at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, directed by Eric Nightengale. Gulf View Drive
was written at and received development at The New Harmony Project and the 78th Street Theatre Lab, again directed by Nightengale.
Nan McNamara directs parts one and two of the Trilogy
. She directed the Co-op's 2005 Last Train production, and last season directed the Co-op's production of The Boys Next Door
. Marianne Savell directs part three. She directed the Co-op's 2005 production of It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
, and will return to direct it again this year. Stacy Armao and Gary Clemmer, the original May and Raleigh in the 2005 Last Train
, reprise their roles and play the lead characters throughout the entire trilogy.
Actors Co-op Producing Director Paul Stuart Graham, notes it is rare for a 99-seat theatre company to devote the first half of its season to one three-part production, but sees The Nibroc Trilogy
as an exciting opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to witness the world premiere of an entire body of work by a playwright, and heralds this as the beginning of a new chapter for the Co-op. "The Actors Co-op in its 15th anniversary season is eager to present this new trilogy and our intention is to continue to look for new playwrights and new projects for future productions," Mr. Graham said. "We want to continue to provide the opportunity for playwrights to showcase their works at the Actors Co-op, and we are happy to inaugurate this initiative with The Nibroc Trilogy
Presented in repertory, The Trilogy
schedule enables audiences to see the entire love story, all three plays, in one day and night or during one weekend. The Nibroc Trilogy
plays September 8 through November 26.WHAT: The Nibroc Triology
by Arlene HuttonWHEN:
Opens Friday, September 8 and plays through Sunday, November 26 Thursday-Saturday 8:00 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday 2:30 p.m.WHERE:
The Crossley Theatres, 1760 N. Gower Street, HollywoodTICKETS:
Adults $30, Seniors, Students (w/ID), Children (8-12), and Groups of 10 or more $25. For tickets and more information, call (323)462-8460.PARKING:
Free, well-lit, guarded parking is available.