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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: A Small Family Business

The Linfield theatre program’s 95th season of plays at Linfield and 12th season in the Marshall Theatre concludes in May with Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business. Performance dates are May 7, 8, 9 and May 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at 2:00 p.m. (with special Mother’s Day prices!). Ayckbourn is one of Great Britain’s most prolific playwrights, having written more than 70 full-length plays.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (any age, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Tickets for all moms will be $5 for the Sunday matinee on Mother’s Day. 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. For more information, call 503.883.2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

"If you demand your fun fast and furious, this is your ticket." -- The New York Post

"The laughs heap up, but by the evening's end our theatre's master craftsman and finest recorder of social nuance has delivered a disturbing morality play." -- London Daily News

England's master of satire is in top form in this comic morality play. Jack McCraken has the opportunity of a lifetime: he is the new head of a family furniture business and believes he will initiate a new age of honesty and integrity. He quickly learns that everyone else involved in the enterprise has a vested interest in maintaining business as usual, rife with dishonesty and deceit.

Under the direction of Janet Gupton, resident director and associate professor of theatre arts, students and a Linfield professor will star in this comedic play. Rich Emery, professor of accounting at Linfield, will play the role of Ken Ayres, the father-in-law who built the family business from the ground up and is now turning over the company to his son-in-law. Other actors include Nicholas Granato, Jeremy Odden, Travis McKenna, Naomi Boydston, Heidie Ambrose, Madilyn Bechtel, Lillie Moses, Raisa Mlynski, Murphy Jackson, Lise Grimelund-Kjelsen, Geoffrey Rath, and Marcos Galvez. The scenic design is by senior art major Kelsey Garrett and features a two-story house interior that serves as the setting for the play.

“The set is a daunting endeavor for a seasoned designer, let alone a student who is designing for a realized production for the first time,” Gupton said. “However, Kelsey is a gifted designer and artist, and her design is equally impressive.”

Other students involved in the production include Daniel Bradley as sound designer, Rhianna Bennett as stage manager, Mackensie Sempert as assistant costume designer, and Joella Cordell as properties mistress. Lighting design is by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, director of theatre and resident designer. Technical direction is by Rob Vaughn and costume design is by Laurel Peterson.

You can also order tickets over the phone or stop by the box office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open May 9 and 16 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. and on May 10 from noon to 2:00. The box office is closed Mondays.

A Small Family Business premiered at the National Theatre in London in 1987 and received a revival production at the National in June 2014. This production is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play investigates Linfield’s 2014-15 PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement) theme by exploring the question of “How Do We Know?” through storytelling.

To reach Ford Hall from Hwy. 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Keck Drive at Albertson’s. Take Keck Drive to Lever Street & turn right. Take the next immediate right at Ford Drive into the theatre parking lot. Ford Hall is located at the west end of the parking lot. For a campus map, visit:


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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.