Legacies of War Onstage in Three Acts – Sept. 20-21, 7:30 p.m.
“Bradass87” by Claire Lebowitz
“No Sir!” by Jerry Goralnick and The Living Theatre
“Legacies of War: A Dialogue”
Featuring Jerry Goralnick and Claire Lebowitz of The Living Theatre Workshops and Linfield students
Claire Lebowitz and Jerry Goralnick of The Living Theatre Workshops will be in residence at Linfield from Sept. 16 to Sept. 21. Working with Linfield students, they will present “Bradass87,” “No Sir!” and a guided discussion about the legacies of war.
Created by CLebowitz for Whistleblowers Theatre, “Bradass87” is a compelling political drama, that explores the motivations of WikiLeaks whistleblower, Private First Class Bradley Manning. The play has been composed from documentary sources, chat logs of Manning’s own words, trial transcripts and journalistic interviews. Set in solitary confinement at Quantico Marine Corp Brig and on the Internet, “Bradass87,” a highly physical and multimedia play, also examines the court martial that had serious consequences for freedom of the press in the United States.
“No Sir!” probes the controversial topic of military recruitment in protest of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is presented in front of a commercial made by the U.S. government for military recruitment and was originally performed as street theatre of the giant screen at the armed forces recruitment station in Times Square.
The program is presented by Linfield Theatre and the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield and PLACE (Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).
Tickets for Legacies of War Onstage, will go on sale Monday, Sept. 16th. All tickets are $5. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at www.linfield.edu/arts or by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located inside 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. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.
“Ajax in Iraq” – Nov. 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
by Ellen McLaughlin and directed by Janet Gupton
A Linfield PLACE Event
Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin’s mash-up of Sophocles’ classic tragedy “Ajax” with the modern-day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides over the whole. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, “Ajax in Iraq” explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.
Times for post-show discussions focused on themes explored in the play will be announced.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” – April 16-18 and 23-26, 7:30 p.m.
Written by Oscar Wilde and directed by Janet Gupton
“The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” by Oscar Wilde was first performed in February 1895 at St. James’s Theatre in London. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make “The Importance of Being Earnest” Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.
Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts – May 14-17, 7:30 p.m.
Theatre majors invited to participate in the advanced directing course will showcase their talents in Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts. Play titles will be announced in late January.
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. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.