Gary Carden's Birdell on stage in Cullowhee

Presentations of Carden's Plays to Benefit County Library Building Fund

“Birdell” is a one-act monologue based on the lives of families who lived on Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains until the coming of the national park, and is told from the perspective of the fictional character Birdell as she reflects on her long life.

A native of Sylva, Carden earned two degrees at WCU and for more than four decades has presented traditional mountain culture to the public as a teacher, storyteller, novelist, historian, screenwriter and playwright. WCU recognized Carden’s body of work in presenting him with an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2008.

Westall, a Yancey County native who earned degrees at Berea College and Duke University, taught English and drama before her retirement in 1985. Since then, she has acted and directed in numerous regional productions.

Tickets prices for the shows are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

For more information about the March 12 and 19 presentations, contact the Friends of the Library at 828-507-0476.


Elizabeth Westall 


Event date: 
Friday, March 12, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Coulter Auditorium
Western Carolina University
28723 Cullowhee

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