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Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers to Perform Celebrated Play

Thu Oct 25 2012

The Trestle at Pope Lick CreekHICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers will present The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace November 7 – November 11 in the Belk Centrum on campus. This play explores small-town life during the Great Depression. The play focuses on two teenagers who plan to play a game of chicken with a train on the trestle outside of town. The story examines survival, loss, and the vigor of the human spirit.

The cast of this production includes Kelsey Dixon, a sophomore English major from Hildebran, NC; Cody Stuckenschneider, a freshman theatre and communications major from Winston-Salem, NC; Amber Ellis, a senior theatre major from Lenoir, NC; Anthony Chambers, a senior theatre major from Claremont, NC; and Shawn Scruggs, a sophomore theatre major from Shelby NC.

Wallace premiered The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek in 1998 in Louisville, KY, and the New York Theatre Workshop and the Edinburgh Theatre later produced the play. Her other works include One Flea Spare, which received the 1996 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the 1996 Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, the 1996 Kesselring Prize, and the 1997 Obie Award forBest Play; Slaughter City, which received the 1996 Mobil Prize; and In the Heart of America, which received the 1995 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was published in American Theatre magazine Additionally, Wallace has published a book of poetry, To Dance a Stony Field, and produced several movies including Lawn Dogs, Touched, and The War Boys.

The show will run Wednesday, November 7 – Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, children and non-LR students, and free for L-R students with ID. For additional information and to make reservations, call 828-328-PLAY or go to http://theatre.lr.edu. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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