‘Last Train to Nibroc' performed at MC Playhouse March 6-8

February 21, 2003

The production of Arlene Hutton’s “Last Train to Nibroc” will be performed March 6-8 by the Maryville College Theatre Department.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the theatre of the Wilson Chapel/Theatre complex on the MC campus.

A comedy, “Last Train to Nibroc” is the story of an Appalachian wartime romance. Love blossoms between two southeastern Kentucky natives during December 1940 on a cross-country train carrying the coffins of two famous writers, Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A portion of the story takes place in Corbin, Ky. At the time of the first read through, the MC cast and crew traveled to Corbin and visited some of the places mentioned in the play.

According to Dr. Terry Brino-Dean, visiting assistant professor of theatre and director of the MC production, the play was chosen because it had local resonance and gave students the opportunity to study the historical, cultural and social contexts of Appalachia during World War II.

Maryville College students, Scott King and Heidi Hansen, star in the roles of Raleigh and May.

Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $7.50 for adults; $5 for seniors, MC faculty and staff, theatre alumni and high school/college students. MC students are admitted free.

For additional information, Dr. Brino-Dean may be contacted at 865.981.8161.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.