The One Night Delights series at the Newport Performing Arts Center will conclude this Wednesday, Oct. 9, with a staged reading of “The Land Southward,” an award-winning play by Newport playwright Darcy Hogan.

Throughout the 1950s, the United States government conducted above-ground nuclear testing on Nevada’s soil and aimed the fallout directly toward rural Southern Utah. Thus was the “downwind” syndrome born. “The Land Southward” is a non-linear, full-length play that explores and exposes one of the deadliest United States government conspiracies to date.

The work was named “Best New Play of 2005” by OC Weekly, which covers arts and entertainment in the Orange County and Long Beach area.

“Darcy Hogan’s ‘The Land Southward’ is a near-perfect work,” critic Rich Kane wrote, “the kind that brings a previously little-known or oft-ignored issue out of the darkness of history; infuses it with keen insight, intellectual depth, sly humor and Undeniable Truth; and then neatly wraps it up in ways that make it completely relevant to events going down today.”

The cast for this production includes local favorites Mary Eastman, Minda Stiles, William Derik Webster, Miranda Carter, Brian Haggerty, Caity Showalter and Joshua Lawrence. The playwright herself will also be on hand for the evening.

“The Land Southward” will be performed at 7 pm in the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.

Admission is $15 plus ticketing fees and includes the added delight of Atomic Lime Jell-O Cherry Bomb Parfaits, provided by La Maison Bakery and Cafe. Tickets are available by calling 541-265-ARTS, online at or from the PAC box office.

Proceeds will benefit renovation of the David Ogden Stiers Theatre.

“The Land Southward” concludes the 2019 season of One Night Delights. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to review the series and offer ideas for upcoming events in the David Ogden Stiers Theatre.

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