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Susquehanna Theatre Students Will Direct Upcoming Production

Published on February 12, 2013

The Susquehanna University Department of Theatre will present “The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek” by acclaimed Kentucky playwright and screenwriter Naomi Wallace, Feb. 22 through 24 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m., in the Degenstein Center Theater. DDepartment of Theatreirected by Susquehanna senior Joshua Millhouse, of Leesport, Pa., the play marks the third year of student-directed, full-length productions.

Audiences should be aware that “Trestle” contains adult language and sexual situations, and is not suitable for children under age 17.

Written in 2000, the show is a departure from the typical performance by the department, according to Millhouse. “It is unconventional and recent, making it a very new experience for most people, but it is also such a beautiful story that everyone can become emotionally invested in.”

The story takes place in 1936, in the wake of the Great Depression. It is set in a small town, meant to be relatable to any town across the United States. In this coming-of-age tale, Pace and Dalton, the two main characters, spend their days by the train trestle outside of town, considering a game of chicken with an oncoming train. The story focuses on families, relationships, life and death.

The annual student-directed production allows students to direct, design, manage, perform and publicize their selected work with minimal guidance from faculty.

In addition to several plays, Wallace, recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, has written several movies, including the award-winning “Lawn Dogs.” Director Millhouse is a theatre performance major and brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Alpha Psi Omega.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for non-Susquehanna students and free for SU students. Tickets are available by visiting the box office or calling 570-372-ARTS, Monday through Friday from noon to 5.

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