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Linfield to present series of student-directed theatre shorts

Linfield TheatreThe Linfield College Theatre Program will present “Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts” May 14-17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

The Marshall Theatre will host three short plays Wednesday, May 14, and Friday, May 16, with two more on Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17. All shorts will be directed by students.

The Wednesday and Friday shows will feature “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” directed by junior Emily Meinel; “The Actor’s Nightmare,” directed by junior Nicholas Granato; and “The Most Massive Woman Wins,” directed by senior Jenny Layton. The Thursday and Saturday shows will feature “The Dumbwaiter,” directed by junior Daniel Bradley and excerpts from “Tea,” directed by junior Mariko Kajita.

“For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” are comedies by American playwright Christopher Durang. “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” parodies Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” while “The Actor’s Nightmare” is about an accountant suddenly thrown into a theatrical production that he wasn’t prepared for. “The Most Massive Woman Wins,” a comedy by Madeleine George, takes place in the waiting room at a liposuction clinic where four women explore body image issues.

“The Dumbwaiter” by Harold Pinter is set in a basement where two hit men are awaiting their next assignment. “Tea,” by Velina Hasu Houston, is about five Japanese women who marry American soldiers after World War II and find their lives in upheaval as they are displaced to Junction City, Kan., during the 1950s and 60s.

Some plays are not suitable for all audiences due to mature subject matter and language.

Tickets are $5 for all seats and seating is reserved. Tickets are available at www.linfield.edu/arts, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292 or go to www.linfield.edu/arts.