Presented at Carthage College, the new work will be staged Feb. 27-28, March 1 and March 5-7. Martin McClendon will direct. Each year the New Play Initiative premieres a work by a prominent writer. Up the Hill, according to Carthage, "crafts a gripping story of youthful idealism confronting terrible choices. Jill and Jack are new congressional interns, each excited to be serving their country in Washington D.C.’s corridors of power. But before very long, both of them get caught in a web of blackmail and political intrigue that will force them to question everything they believe. Against all odds, can they really make a difference? Or will they become part of the problem?"