Winter Park Institute

Arlene Hutton



Arlene Hutton: Whose Story Is It? From Page to Stage

Event Details

Arlene Hutton entertained the audience with an enlightening discussion about the creative process of evolving text to script as it relates to her latest work, Letters to Sala, an adaptation from Ann Kirschner’s book, Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story, which was performed in the Annie Russell Theatre in February. 

Speaker Bio

Beth Lincks returns to Rollins under the pen name, Arlene Hutton, to participate in an extended symposium, Women in the Holocaust. The centerpiece for this gathering of six scholars from various disciplines is Ms. Linck’s play, Letters to Sala.  The work is based on Ann Kirschner’s book, Sala’s Gift, a text focused on her mother’s experience in this horrific historic event. Ms. Links is best known for The Nibroc Triology and has solidified her career as an award-winning playwright whose works have been performed at Off-Broadway and regional theaters throughout America and Europe. She has also returned to Rollins this fall as an honored alum participating in the college’s 125th anniversary celebration programming.

Arlene Hutton is best known for THE NIBROC TRILOGY, which includes LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC (New York Drama League Best Play nomination), SEE ROCK CITY (In the Spirit of America Award) and GULF VIEW DRIVE (LA Weekly and Ovation Award nominations). Her plays have been presented Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, at regional theatres in the US, in London and throughout the world, including four times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have been translated into Chinese, Dutch and Romanian.

An alumna of New Dramatists, Hutton is a member of Dramatists Guild, six-time Actors' Theatre of Louisville 10-Minute Play Contest finalist, three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and recipient of the Lippman and Calloway Awards. Residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Recently the William Inge Fellow in Kansas, Hutton was resident playwright for the Greenville Centre Stage New Play Festival, a Flornoy Festival honoree and was twice named the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting at the University of the South. She has served on the faculties of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Glen Workshop and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts and appear in numerous anthologies.