This play delves into issues of unemployment, and asks questions about how we define ourselves as people. It takes place at the tail end of the depression in a small Kentucky town where sixteen year old Dalton Chance sits in a jail cell accused of the murder of a young girl, Pace Creagan. But the line between truth and shadow is blurred as he relives the events leading up to her death. We see the them as they prepare to race a train across the infamous trestle to something greater than themselves, altering the course of their lives and the lives of everyone around them forever.
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek Shines at Schwartz
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Shortly after, we see the two hanging out under a trestle bridge, waiting to watch the train that Pace is committed to outrun. Pace, a typical tomboy, is unquestionably a bad influence, encouraging Dalton to try to outrun the train with her even though her friend Brett died doing the exact same thing, and meek Dalton is almost incapable of standing up to her. The play is presented in a dreamlike way where the dead appear in the present and the time is nonlinear. As their friendship develops, it becomes clear that this is not an ordinary friendship, but it does not develop into a typical romantic or sexual relationship either. There is evidently some form of mutual attraction, but Pace refuses to kiss Dalton despite ordering him to undress. While their relationship is unhealthy and convoluted, it offers both teens the chance to ignore the fact that they are poor and will likely not be able to go to college or move away.
Performing Arts Department to present The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek Jan. 24-27
At the height of the Great Depression in a struggling rural town, a teenage girl and a boy are desperate for some fresh stimuli, something that provides not just a thrill but also a glimmer of new possibilities. Their antics lead to a daring feat — playing chicken with an oncoming train as it nears a trestle just outside of town. The buildup to, and aftermath of, their fateful moment on the bridge are the substance of Naomi Wallace's play "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek.
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