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The Tempest, performed at the Linfield College Marshall Theatre

Arts flourish at Linfield College. Linfield students and faculty are active participants in the arts and cultural activities, both on 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: Picnic

The Linfield theatre program concludes it’s 2015/16 season in the Marshall Theatre with “Picnic” by William Inge. Ellyn Gersh Lerner is guest director.

Performance dates are May 5, 6, and 7 and 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 (with special Mother’s Day prices!).

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+): $7 for Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students (any age, any school). Tickets for moms (any age!) for the Sunday matinee are just $5. There is a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. 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.



“Picnic” offers a portrait of life in a small Kansas town in the 1950s, a town of tranquility and monotony, where neighbors wave from their porches and life can be stifling. As everyone eagerly awaits the annual Labor Day picnic, the arrival of a stranger turns life upside down.

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the original Broadway production was directed by Joshua Logan, who received the Tony Award for Best Director, and marked Paul Newman’s Broadway debut.

“William Inge, the grain belt Tennessee Williams, was one of the three most important playwrights in the American theater of the 1950s, along with Williams and Arthur Miller...Nobody wrote more profoundly about the frustrations and longings of small-town Midwesterners—and Picnic is generally considered Inge’s masterpiece…Inge writes warmly, with such sensitive, understated compassion about little people desperate for a place in a bigger world that his work is timeless” - New York Observer

Lerner, who has a Ph.D. in theatre arts, has more than 25 years experience in teaching and directing. She has directed over 30 plays in a variety of theatres from schools to churches to off-Broadway. She has also participated in the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in teacher-training programs and professional conferences as a guest speaker and panelist. She last directed at Linfield for the May 2009 production of Lanford Wilson’s “Book of Days.”

Cast members include Joella Cordell, Daniel Bradley, Naomi Boydston, Travis McKenna, Zachary Brehmeyer, Analesa Fisher, Emily Griffin, Brianna Norris, Glenn B. Rust, Sierra-Karen Denend, Raisa Mlynski, Marcos Galvez, Cassandra Martinez, and Antoine Johnson. Taylor Pitner is the stage manager. Scenic and lighting design is by Ty Marshall, sound design is by Rob Vaughn and senior Alyssa Coleman, and costume design by Laurel Peterson.

Tickets will also be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning April 26. Located in 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 Saturdays May 7 and 14 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. and on May 8 from noon to 2:00. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503.883.2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

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: http://www.linfield.edu/campus-map.html (Ford Hall is number 58B on the map)

This play contains adult themes and is not suitable for all audiences. This production is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


Study the Arts

Linfield 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.Led by Professor Anna Song, a Linfield College choral group practices singing a selection in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.