Is Carden's Kephart play controversial?
Gary Carden's play, "Outlander," receives a "staged reading" in the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville, 2 p.m., Sun., July 31. Carden will be on hand to discuss the play with the audience.
It is a controversial play in that it has been criticized by the descendants of Horace Kephart who felt that the play "demeaned" Kephart. "Ironically," Carden says, "my original purpose in writing the play was to 'redeem' Kephart. who has often been denounced by the mountain people who lost their homes to the creation of the Park."
Carden is a master storyteller and playwright. He received the North Carolina Arts Council Award for Literature in 2012; and the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award in 2006.
Music will be performed by Joe Penland, a MNadison County recording artist.
See UNCA press release to learn more.
See feature about Outlander and WNC drama.