Last Train To Nibroc written by Arlene Hutton.
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathaniel 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 theaters 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.
Lindsey O'Connor (May)
Lindsey is thrilled to bring May to life in "The Last Train to Nibroc." She was last seen as Mabel in Lamplighter Community Theatre's production of "Mack and Mabel" and "Elizabeth Benning" in Patio Playhouse's production of "Young Frankenstein: The Musical." Lindsey began dancing at age 5 and hasn't stopped since. Between her tap, ballet and jazz classes, she found herself in her first musical theatre production at age 11. (She was the "Lead Tornado Dancer" in The Wizard of Oz. And yes, it was as spectacular as it sounds.) After that fateful production, Lindsey found her true passion for musical theatre and began taking voice and acting lessons soon after. Throughout high school, she played various lead and ensemble roles with her local San Diego community theaters. She also played the leading role of Ruby in "Dames at Sea" during her time at Northeastern University in Boston, where she earned her BA in Journalism. Although there are no jazz-hands or 4-part harmonies in "The Last Train to Nibroc," Lindsey couldn't be more excited to be a part of such an endearing and complex show that has truly stretched her as an actress.
Lindsey owns her own copy writing and social media management business, so when she's not at the theater, she can be found gracefully hunched over her computer typing away, creating new website copy or blog posts for her clients. A big thank you to Fa for making sure everyone was dressed beautifully for their role. A huge thank you to Jerry for his direction and guidance throughout the entire production. And Chad, thank you for being such a wonderful scene partner. I couldn't have imagined memorizing 50 pages of dialogue with anyone else.
Chad Theriault (Raleigh) is so excited and honored to have been brought on board for this production of Last Train to Nibroc. Chad first found theater when he was eight years old when he and his brothers auditioned for The Music Man with STAR Theater in Oceanside. Since then he has appeared on stages throughout San Diego County and the Bay Area, primarily working in musical theater. Notable credits include Curly in Oklahoma!, Grantaire in Les Miserables, and Shrek in Shrek the Musical. Chad has also sung in the UC Berkeley University Chorus and Palomar College Chamber Choir, where he recently assistant directed their spring concert. During his tenure in the Palomar College music program, Chad received his voice training from baritone-bass Cliff Derix. In addition to singing and acting, Chad also dances with New West Ballet where he just finished the summer production of Sleeping Beauty. When he is not performing, Chad attends UC Berkeley to study physics. He hopes you enjoy the show.
Produced and Directed by Jerry Pilato
Behind the scenes:
Fatima Pimienta- Stage Manager
Katherine Henkels-Lighting and sound
Shani Crawley-Box Office
Mark Robertson- Set pieces