Playwright Arlene Hutton at Rollins

Playwright Arlene Hutton, whose play Letters to Sala will be presented Feb. 11-19 at Annie Russell Theatre, is at Rollins this week in preparation for that production.

She’ll talk about her play, and about the process of adapting a work from the page to the stage,  at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Annie Russell Theatre. Hutton is here as part of a series sponsored by the Winter Park Institute, which will look at women in the Holocaust.

Letters to Sala, adapted from a book by Ann Kirschner, is based on hundreds of letters Kirschner’s mother wrote as a young woman from Nazi labor camps — letters she kept secret for nearly 50 years.

Hutton — also known as Rollins alumna Beth Lincks — is best known for a trilogy about her Kentucky and Florida forebears (Last Train to Nibroc, See Rock City and Gulf View Drive) as well as for As It Is in Heaven, a drama about the Shaker experience in Kentucky. All of those plays have received productions in Orlando. Hutton’s play Running was a success at the most recent New York Fringe and was produced off-Broadway, and her Happy Worst Day Ever won the Macy’s New Play Prize for Young Audiences last season at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

The Winter Park Institute series will continue with several other programs about women in the Holocaust, including a talk by Orlando Sentinel columnist Greg Dawson on his book about his mother’s wartime experiences, Hiding in the Spotlight. Here’s the complete list:

Jan 5, 7 pm – Annie Russell Theatre
Whose Story is It?  From Page to Stage.
Featuring Arlene Hutton

Jan 26, 7 pm – Bush Auditorium
Ukraine to Juilliard: A Piano Prodigy’s Holocaust Odyssey
Featuring Greg Dawson

Jan 29, noon – Fred Stone Theatre
How To Reconcile Theatre and Documentary
Eric Nightengale (Director, Letters to Sala)

Feb 12, 6:30 pm – SunTrust Auditorium
Whose Story is it?  A Collision of Public and Private
Featuring Ann Kirschner (Daughter of Sala Garncarz)

Feb 13, 6 pm – Annie Russell Theatre
Talk Back immediately following 4:00 production of Letters to Sala.  Featuring playwright Arlene Hutton.

Feb 15, 7 pm – SunTrust Auditorium
Women in the Holocaust
Featuring Lenore J. Weitzman

Feb 17, 7:30 pm – Tiedtke Concert Hall
The Music of Judaism, Women and the Holocaust
With Michael Isaacson

All of the WPI events are free and open to the public.

One response to “Playwright Arlene Hutton at Rollins

  1. Thanks Elizabeth for this info today! Glad to see you back in the saddle riding high into 2011!