Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
By Naomi Wallace
February 2-5, 9-11, 2017
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace reaches into the complexities of a nation in the midst of the Great Depression. This coming-of-age story focuses on the relationship of two teenagers in 1936, who, like nearly everyone else in their small manufacturing town, are devoid of hope and any vision of the future.
Dalton, a shy but sincere teenage boy, and Pace, his new sort-of girlfriend, are each in their own way in need of and searching for human connection and some way to express repressed emotions and their own sexuality.
They attempt to find solace and purpose in the death-defying challenge of running the length of a 100-foot high trestle before an oncoming locomotive enters the bridge—the local game of chicken with the evening freight train.
An emotional devil's advocate drawn to dares and violence, Pace slowly pressures Dalton to run the trestle with her, while concealing that she is the virginal temptress who recently lured another boy to do the same, resulting in his death. Finding her inexplicably irresistible, Dalton was also trained by his mother to do as he is told--his new friend seems have primed him for the next attempt to outrun a train across the infamous trestle.
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek is a story told in layers, moving back and forth in time, with each shift between past and present slowly unraveling a romantic and tragic mystery. It is also a story about the indomitable human spirit and the unquenchable need to be touched and psychically connected to another human being.
“…a 1930s American photograph with contrasting lights and shadows and its direct, unsentimental and uncensored gaze into the lives of the working class.” Judith Edgerton, Courier-Journal, Louisville
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Friday, February 3 7:30pm
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Sunday, February 5 2:00pm
Thursday, February 9 7:30pm
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