we just tell you what we like
Yes, girls can go wild, we learn from seeing the North American Premiere of Lachlan Philpott’s “Truck Stop” staged by Crowded Fire at Thick House. We know that they can find the power to rebel against their parents and authority who only bring them the security of a bland existence. In fact the parents are too busy seeking their own wild adventures to get them out of their boredom to pay attention to what their daughters are up to (sounds familiar?). Except, maybe, if they come from an environment where they must fight for survival and protect their progeny because their children are more precious than any object of desire.
That’s my interpretation of the play, which offers an hour and a half of suspenseful High School drama, complete with bullying and racism and boiling hormones. They form alliances on what power they can unleash for themselves and each other, and when the leader girl gets them into trouble, she sends them as her pawns, the explorer ants, before she gets the action, just to make sure. She also discards the new friend just as easily as she inserted her in (because of her name’s initials), using the power of nasty racist slurs, because the immigrant girl receives a lot more attention from the boys. The powerful and daring girls can’t get that, and I guess it’s because they would have to submit to minor male domination, so they go on a wilder adventure, for the certainty of getting the wildest action.
You wonder, as the ominous pressure of a slanted concrete wall grows on them, if it isn’t a game of power. The leader tries very hard to get the boys’ attention, sending them pictures of her private parts, but finally not getting it at all. Instead, the new girl gets it all, preferring to use her cell phone as a memento, which is eventually destroyed, as if what happened here needed to be forgotten. So where will the girls’ energy go? There’s a hole in the fence towards the road (that would be the fourth wall) where they can evade and go wild.
If you’ve been wondering, it is inspired from a true story. The playwright recorded the language used by actual kids. It feels very real, as incredible as life can be sometimes. And each character tells you what goes on, so you won’t be mistaken, this is real.
Sorry, does this sound like a quick essay? Because it is.