Earlier this semester at CalArts, School of Theater faculty member LisaGay Hamilton directed an acting workshop on playwright Naomi Wallace’s The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek.
Hamilton’s theater acting credits include Obie awards for Athol Fugard’s Valley Song and Adrienne Kennedy’s The Ohio State Murders, and film (Beloved, The Soloist), though she may be best known for her TV work on The Practice and Men of a Certain Age. She also directed the 2003 documentary Beah: A Black Woman Speaks about pioneering black actress Beah Richards,
Both her acting experience and directing talents were tapped for The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, which follows two teenagers as they come of age, experience economic hardship and a death-defying stunt. The action onstage unravels as the 7:10 train throttles full speed ahead—revealing stories of past relationships, mysterious deaths and survival.
In the above posted short video interview, Hamilton talks with Trestle’s MFA student producer Aaron McKinney about her experiences as an actor, director and instructor.