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The Importance of Being EarnestArts flourish at Linfield College. Linfield students and faculty are active participants in the arts and cultural activities, both on the Linfield campus and in the community.

Involvement ranges from a variety of main-stage Linfield Theatre productions to musical activities including opera theatre, chamber music ensembles and the Linfield Lively Arts music series. The Nicholson Library and English Department host Readings at the Nick, which brings award-winning authors to interact with our campus, and students also produce their own literary magazine, Camas. The Linfield Gallery presents an ongoing stream of exhibits by internationally recognized artists. Learn more about  Linfield clubs associated with arts.

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Marshall Theatre: The Blonde and Other Slight Distractions

The Linfield Theatre program’s 2014-2015 season begins with an assortment of short plays, marking the program's 95th season at Linfield and the 12th season in the Marshall Theatre. “The Blonde and Other Slight Distractions” is a collection of six award-winning one acts written by David L. Paterson. Performance dates are Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. Tickets are all $5 and seating is reserved. Purchase on the web and pick your tickets up at the box office the night of the show. Just click on the "Buy Tickets Now" button.

Featuring a wide variety of characters, both humorous and thought-provoking, these short plays tell the stories of a kidnapping gone awry, two distant brothers trying to reconnect, a pair of lovers facing a daunting family holiday, a smarmy stockholder trying to charm his way into heaven, a friend forced to bury a friend, and siblings seeking an amicable divorce. The Village Voice review stated: "Paterson creates stories bristling with character, texture and wit."

Three senior theatre majors will direct as part of the annual Student Icebreaker. “Closure” and “One Last Time” will be directed by Daniel Bradley; Nicholas Granato will direct “Thanksgetting” and “The Gate;” and Mariko Kajita will direct “The Blonde” and “Final Approach.” Student cast members include freshmen Benjamin Bartu, Marcos Galvez and Emma Coleman; sophomores Alyssa Lawrence, Samantha West, Parker Wells, and Robert Murphy Jackson; juniors Mic Cooney, Lukasz Augustine, Logan Mays, and Travis McKenna; and seniors Kensie Sempert and Cody Meadows.

You can also order tickets over the phone or stop by the box office. Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. The box office will open on Monday 9/15 at 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 503.883.2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

This production is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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Linfield College artLinfield offers a variety of arts-related majors and minors. The campus’ close-knit environment makes it possible for students to work side by side with faculty who also happen to be nationally and internationally recognized visual artists, musicians, authors and theatre artists.