Backdrops and props for theater productions are normally temporary and change frequently. But a 155 year-old hand painted curtain at Thalian Hall in Wilmington has survived – and is thought to be the oldest stage curtain in the United States. This week on the Down East Journal, we pull back the curtains on this rare and historic artifact. Plus, we talk to an expert about armadillos and why they’re populations are spreading into southeastern North Carolina. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.