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Arts & Entertainment WCU to stage ‘The Atrain Plays’ April 13-17

Western Carolina University theater students will present “The Atrainplays, Vol.2,” a series of short plays by different authors set on New York City public transportation, from April 13 through April 17 in the Niggli Theatre on the WCU campus. Pictured clockwise from left are WCU students Hannah Chatham, Vladimir Zubenko, Tatjana Moffitt and Jaclyn Helms.CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University theater students will present the unconventional “The Atrainplays, Vol. 2” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Niggli Theatre.

The production consists of six short plays that were each crafted by a different playwright during a single round-trip on New York City’s “A” subway service, along with two additional miniature works that were written in a similar manner on the Staten Island Ferry.

The writers Timothy Braun, Debra Castellano, Gary Garrison, Michael Lazan, Stephen O’Rourke, Craig Pospisil, David Riedy and Erica Silberman pushed their creativity to the limit to complete this experimental challenge, with their stories involving a wide assortment of characters from a homeless woman to a monstrous squid, said D.V. Caitlyn, WCU associate professor of theater, who will direct.

The cast includes WCU students Jack Watson, Tim Stoeckel, Tina DeSoto, J. Robert Raines, Alexander Volpi, Jordan William Snead, Jaclyn Helms and Tatjana Moffitt, among others.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for faculty members and senior citizens and $5 for students. The show is intended for mature audiences.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call (828)227-2479 or go online to


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