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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: The Women of Lockerbie

The Linfield Theatre Program’s 97th season concludes in May with The Women of Lockerbie, an examination of how we collectively grieve and heal when the world deals out intolerable pain and suffering. Dr. Janet Gupton will direct. Performance dates are May 4, 5, and 6 and 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 7.

Written by Deborah Brevoort, The Women of Lockerbie transports us to the hills of Scotland seven years after Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed in 1988 by a terrorist bomb and crashed into the small village, killing all 243 passengers, 16 crew members, and 11 individuals on the ground. It tells the plight of a mother from New Jersey traveling to Scotland to find her son’s remains. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. Inspired by a true story, the characters and situations in the play are fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, the play is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. It is the winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors 62+; $7 for Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (age 10+, any school, one ticket per ID). 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.

“…gives powerful voice to a disturbingly contemporary anguish: how to respond to suffering caused by a terrorist attack…the play has the power to move an audience to new hope in a world witnessing continual acts of revenge and hatred.” – Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Playwright in Residence Special Events:

We are very excited to announce that playwright Deborah Brevoort will be in residence May 4 through May 6 to celebrate the opening of Linfield Theatre’s production of her play. She will take part in many activities on campus and has Skyped with the cast during the rehearsal process. This Playwright Residency is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College. The Lacroute Arts Series is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.

Book Signings: Prior to the performances on Thursday and Friday, from 7:00 to 7:25 p.m., Ms. Brevoort will sign copies of her book, The Women of Lockerbie & The Comfort Team published by NoPassport Press. Copies of the book will be available at the signing.

Thursday, May 4 “Behind The Scenes with the Production Team” Post–Show Discussion: Please join us after the opening night performance for a short Question & Answer discussion with the designers, director, playwright, as they share their ideas about creating this production.

Friday, May 5 Pre–Show “Meet the Playwright” Dessert Reception 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: Please join us before this performance for a reception with Ms. Brevoort in the lobby of Ford Hall.

Friday, May 5 “From Tragedy to Healing” Post–Show Discussion: Immediately following the performance, Ms. Brevoort, director Janet Gupton, and the actors will join the audience in a discussion of the themes developed in the play.

Saturday, May 6 “The Women of Lockerbie: The Journey from Inspiration to the Stage” 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Deborah Brevoort will talk about her writing process, from the moment of “inspiration” to the staged production. She discusses the many detours along the way, such as adapting Greek tragedy to a contemporary subject; Aristotle; playwriting craft issues; poetry; contending with critics; and new play development programs. This conversation about playwriting will take place in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Cast members include Naomi Boydston, Zach Breymeyer, Joella Cordell, Gabriel Esparza, Jenny Furrow, Claire Hamada, Alyxandra Jones-Sriboonlert, Alyssa Lawrence, Murphy Jackson, and Sara Vass. Scenic design is by Ty Marshall, lighting design is by Rachel Kiefer, costume design by Laurel Peterson, and sound design by Rob Vaughn. Megan Moelhman is stage manager, Rosalie Olson is assistant costume designer, and Marcos Galvez is properties master.

We are proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome at our theatre, please contact the box office. Note that writers must present their Dramatists Guild membership card when requesting a ticket.

Tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning April 25. 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 May 6 and 13 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7 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:

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.

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