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Kickin' Sand and Tellin' Lies, Marshall Theatre

Arts 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 Importance of Being Earnest

Linfield theatre students will don corsets and English accents for Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece--probably the most famous of all comedies. It revolves around the most ingenious case of "manufactured" mistaken identity ever put into a play. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play confronts “serious” institutions, such as marriage, and burdensome social obligations with witty dialogue and a satiric take on London’s high society. Performance dates are April 16-18 and 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. (Please note, due to Easter, performance dates differ from the usual Marshall Theatre schedule.) Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students (any age, any school); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. 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.


Under the direction of Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, the comedy is a change of pace following two dramatic productions last fall.

“We wanted a classic that would allow our students to work with sophisticated language and a heightened sense of reality,” said Gupton. “The show also provides wonderful costume and scenery opportunities.” Costume Designer Laurel Peterson is creating the exquisite period costumes for the show. It will be performed in arena seating. According to Gupton, the intimate setup requires extra attention to detail for set design, lighting, and acting. For example, Guest Scenic and Lighting Designer Kristeen Crosser looked for low backs on the settees and other furniture to keep sight lines open.

You may also order tickets over the phone or stop by the box office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday 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 Saturday, April 26 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503.883.2292.

Study the Arts

Liz Obert, professor of 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.