Linfield student playwright to offer staged reading

The Linfield College Theatre Department will present a staged reading of “Checkmate,” a one-act play written by Linfield sophomore Christopher Forrer of Gresham. The reading will be held Friday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theater in Ford Hall at Linfield.

Forrer, who is majoring in theatre and political science, had his 10-minute play “The Smoker” chosen as a regional finalist in last year’s American College Theatre Festival Region VII Conference in Reno, Nev.

The play is being offered as part of the Oregon Cultural Days.

“Checkmate” takes place in the fictional town of Monopolis, where characters based on board game pieces once lived in harmony. Detective Sam Bishop, private eye, is hot on the trail of the crime lord “Queen,” along with the help of his assistant, Megan “Rookie” Castle, and former partner, Sergeant Patrick McKnight. But with a group of wannabe Scrabble pieces, two warring gangs of jazzy checkers and a shifty marble-dealing hippo standing in his way, does the gutsy detective have the moxy to bring down Queen? Watch what happens when board game pieces take on lives of their own.

The staged reading will last approximately 30 minutes. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Theatre Department at 503-883-2292.