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The Arts at Linfield

The Arts at Linfield

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 Madwoman of Chaillot

The Linfield Theatre Program’s 97th season of plays at Linfield and 14th season in the Marshall Theatre continues in November with The Madwoman of Chaillot. Performance dates are November 3, 4, and 5 and November 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m.

11/3 Behind The Scenes: Please join us after the opening night performance for a short Question & Answer discussion with the designers and director as they share their ideas in creating this production.

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

The Madwoman of Chaillot, written by Jean Giraudoux and adapted by Maurice Valency, is a poetic and comic fable set in the twilight zone of the not-quite-true. At the Café Chez Francis in a posh section of Paris in the 1940s, a group of business people and a prospector hatch a plot to dig up Paris for the oil they think lies beneath Chaillot. However, their scheme comes to the attention of the Madwoman of Chaillot, an eccentric who appears to have lost her marbles. But, as any fable will attest, those who seem most out of touch with reality usually bring the most common sense and humanistic solution to the problem. Together with the rag–tag denizens of the poor, the artists, and the other eccentrics that frequent Café Chez Francis, the Madwoman and friends plan the demise of those who would strip the world of its natural resources, replace workers with robots, and hoard all the money to themselves. The Madwoman and her colorful collection of outcasts assemble in her cellar and conduct a mock trial on behalf of the absent culprits, finding them guilty as charged. Later, and according to the Madwoman’s plan, the greedy come sniffing for the riches they believe are hidden beneath the cellar. In a scene that mounts into the realms of high poetic comedy, the Madwoman sends them one by one into a bottomless pit and locks the door behind them. With the wickedness of the world contained and locked away, justice, love and happiness can return once again.

Dr. Janet Gupton will direct, with scenic design by Ty Marshall, sound design by Rob Vaughn and costume design by Laurel Peterson. Lighting design will be by senior theatre arts major Rachel Kiefer.

Tickets will also be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning October 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 Saturdays Nov. 5 and 12 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon to 2:00 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503.883.2292.

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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