California Institute of the Arts School of Theater begins the 2011 academic year with an actors’ workshop performance of The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, directed by LisaGay Hamilton. This workshop performance will be held in Butler Building 2 at the California Institute of the Arts (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia). The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek will run Friday, October 21, 2011; Saturday, October 22, 2011 and Monday, October 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, October 22, 2011. There will also be a special question and answer session with playwright Naomi Wallace following the Saturday evening performance. Admission is free for all performances. For reservations, please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar .
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek follows two teenagers as they explore maturity, economic downfall, and a death-defying stunt. As the people around them recuperate from the Depression in the 1930’s, these teens find pleasure in not only each other but also the thrill of racing the 7:10 train, and surviving! The action unravels as the train throttles full speed ahead revealing stories of past relationships, mysterious deaths, survival during Depression and a ghostly presence.
About LisaGay Hamilton, Director
Standing at the helm of this production is a member of the CalArts faculty that is no stranger to the stage or screen. LisaGay Hamilton, filmmaker, actress, director, and producer kicks off the 2011-2012 CalArts Theater season with this Humana Festival original work. Hamilton’s theater credits include Measure for Measure, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Henry IV Parts I & II at the New York Shakespeare Theatre Festival. She was a member of the original Broadway companies of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Gem of the Ocean. She earned an Obie and Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes and Ovation nominations for her role as Veronica in Athol Fugard’s play, Valley Song. Off-Broadway, she starred in Adrienne Kennedy’s play The Ohio State Murders, for which she earned her second Obie. She is well known for her role on David E. Kelley’s drama, The Practice, on ABC, for which she also directed an episode. Presently, Hamilton is a part of the CalArts School of Theater’s Performance Faculty and a series regular in Ray Ramano’s series Men of a Certain Age on TNT.
About Naomi Wallace, Playwright
Naomi Wallace is a playwright, screenwriter and poet from Prospect, Kentucky. Wallace obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College and did graduate studies at the University of Iowa. Wallace divides her time between Kentucky and the Yorkshire Dales, UK, where she lives with her partner Bruce McLeod. She is a dedicated advocate for justice and human rights in the U.S. and abroad, and Palestinian rights in the Middle East. Wallace's work has been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), the Joseph Kesselring Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award and an Obie award. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. Her award-winning film Lawn Dogs, and The War Boys are both available on DVD.