Linfield Reports, 3/15/10


The layers of teenage angst are explored in an upcoming play directed by a Linfield College theatre alumnus. “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Bert V. Royal will be performed Tuesday, March 16, through Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

“Dog Sees God” has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Charles M. Schulz Estate or United Features Syndicate, which have no responsibility for its content.

The play begins after the death of the main character’s dog. When CB, the main character, begins to question the existence of an afterlife, he finds little support from those around him.

“The play, at its heart, is about identity,” said director Jay Gipson-King, a 2000 Linfield graduate with a degree in theatre and creative writing. “The dramatic question is whether CB will break out of an environment of indifference and self-deception to find his own identity.

“The audience is left to draw its own conclusions from well-known images,” Gipson-King said. “In some ways, the play is very simple, such as its dramatic structure. But thematically, the play is very complex. Beneath all of the humor, it is about the difficulty of breaking through people’s facades.”

Gipson-King will direct a cast of eight Linfield students including Linfield freshmen Aaron Granum and Claudia Ramirez; sophomore Will Bailey; juniors Matthew Sunderland and Alessa Downing; and seniors William DeBiccari, Brenna Crocker and Jillian Haig.

Gipson-King graduated summa cum laude from Linfield, completed his master’s degree in theatre studies at Florida State University in 2004, and is working on his doctorate in theatre studies. Last spring, he taught theatre history and dramatic literature at Linfield during the sabbatical of Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts.

“Linfield theatre students are well-trained and focused, and they have a dedication to their craft,” Gipson-King said. “The quality of actors and stage designers is above par for a college environment, and it’s a very professional setting in which to work.”

“Dog Sees God” has received national attention since it was introduced at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2004, where it received the Excellence Award for Best Overall Production. It was also awarded Theatermania’s Play Award of 2004 and the GLAAD Media Award for Best Off-Off-Broadway production.

Tickets are $9 for general public; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students. There is a $2 discount on tickets for opening night. Tickets can be purchased on the web, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Purchase tickets through the secure server at (a small service charge will apply) and pick them up at the box office on the night of the show. The box office, located in the lobby at Ford Hall, is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on performance days. Order over the phone with a credit or debit card (no service charge), 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

The play may not be suitable for all audiences and contains mature language and subject matter.

For more information, contact Linfield’s Marshall Theatre at 503-883-2292.


Members of the Linfield College Concert Choir will perform a concert on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The performance is the final show of a spring break tour by the choir. Students will perform five concerts throughout Washington before concluding with a final performance at Linfield. While on tour, they will also work with high school choirs and provide an opportunity for student demonstrations and interactions.

Under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, the choir will perform motets by Rheinberger and Victoria, “Benediction” by Kathleen Skinner, “Snow: The King’s Trumpeter” by John Muehleisen, selections from “Mass in G minor” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and spirituals and multicultural songs.

The Linfield concert choir was organized in 1930 and is the oldest such group in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history, the choir has distinguished itself with concerts throughout the 10 western states and Canada. It has also performed extensively throughout the world in locations including Austria, Germany, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, China and Southeast Asia.

For more information, contact the Linfield College Music Department, 503-883-2275.


Seth Tichenor, adjunct professor of philosophy, will present “Transformative character of conversations in pedagogy” at the Faculty Learning Commons on Thursday, March 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the West Wing of Dillin Hall.

The power of conversations in exploring the deeper dimensions of ideas, both inside and outside the classroom, will be discussed. In addition, addressing the difficulties in trying to incorporate a conversational style into pedagogy, and ways to work around that will be explored.


The community will be given the opportunity to learn a piece of forgotten history through a book The Oregonian listed as one of the top 10 in the Pacific Northwest last year.

Gregory Nokes will discuss his book, “Massacred for Gold, The Chinese in Hells Canyon,” Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

His book is the first authoritative account of the 1887 massacre of as many as 34 Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. The piece uncovers a heinous crime that has been lost to history. Nokes believes it also underscores the often overlooked contribution of Chinese immigrants to the development of the American West.

Nokes also wrote an article on the massacre for the fall 2006 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and has another book in mind that he hopes to start this year. Nokes retired in 2003 after 43 years in journalism, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years with The Oregonian in Portland. During his career as a journalist, he traveled to more than 50 countries. Since retiring, he has embarked on a second career as a writer and lecturer on the experience of immigrant Chinese in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Willamette University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1972.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield Mass Communication Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517,



All day: Men’s and women’s golf at Willamette Invitational

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitman


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Denison

8 p.m.: Opening of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Swimming at NCAA III championships

11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

8 p.m.: “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

12:30 p.m.: Faculty learning commons, Dillin Hall

8 p.m.: “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Swimming at NCAA III championships

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

Noon: Softball at Cal Lutheran

2 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Amherst

2 p.m.: Track and field at Lewis and Clark spring break open

8 p.m.: “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Marshall Theatre


10 a.m.: Track and field at Oregon Preview

10 a.m.: Track and field at Lewis and Clark spring break open

Noon: Baseball at Whitman

Noon: Softball at Claremont

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at North Central

6 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps


Noon: Baseball at Whitman

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Adrian College

1 p.m.: Softball at Redlands


Today and tomorrow: Track and field, Linfield Dec/Hep

7 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Carthage College

TBA: Softball at Sun West Tournament


2 p.m.: Softball at Whittier

2 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Chapman


12:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at LaVerne


1 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Pomona-Pitzer

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Lewis and Clark


Noon: Baseball vs. Whitworth

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Puget Sound


Noon: Baseball vs. Whitworth

Noon: Softball vs. Puget Sound