The Trestle at PopeLick Creek by Naomi Wallace opens this week at the Village Gate Theater. My first thought was what a strange title. I had no idea what a trestle is so here is the definition. A trestle is a frame of horizontal beams fitted to an A-frame, usually used to support the deck of a bridge. Basically it’s the criss-crossing beams supporting a railroad track bridge. Pope Lick Creek is the small town where the play occurs.
The play was started by several of the actors who approached Nick Marcone to direct. They had auditions at the beginning of October to cast the rest of the roles. Although it was cast in October, rehearsals did not begin until November 1 because those involved with the show were also working on other projects.
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek is about isolation and despair. As described by the assistant director and stage manager, Jamie Slovon, it is about “what it really means to make a connection with someone when there’s nothing tangible to hold onto.” The play is set during the Depression in a small rural town in 1936. Like many student productions this semester, each scene jumps between time periods. There is a minimal set as stated by the playwright so that the focus remains on the characters and their relationships.
Trestle is a labor of love and passion with everyone involved pitching in said Jamie. The actors designed their own costumes and the set designers are the director and stage manager.
Naomi Wallace is a playwright, screenwriter, and poet. She has written over 10 plays, 3 films and is an advocate for human rights abroad and in the United States. She has received the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the Genius Grant, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a development grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The showruns the last week of classes. There is a suggested $5 donation.