Chronologically the second play in Lucy Thurber’s The Hill Town Plays
cycle, ASHVILLE is the story of Celia, sixteen years old and trapped in
her poor white rural town, among people who can’t hope for anything more
than a good blue-collar job and a decent marriage. Celia wants
something else in life, even if she can’t articulate what that is. For a
fleeting moment she thinks she finds the unnameable thing in her
neighbor and tentative friend Amanda, but it may be that no one else can
save Celia—only she herself can orchestrate her escape.