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Student icebreaker opens Linfield theatre season

Linfield College students will open the 2010-11 theatre season with the annual student icebreaker featuring two plays Sept. 16-18.

The plays will be presented Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 16-18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Dutchman will be directed by Will DeBiccari, a 2010 graduate. The Obie Award-winning play was the first of Jones’ successes, and the cause of his critical acclaim. The plot revolves around a lascivious blond who tries every vulgar way she knows to pick up and seduce a naive bourgeois black youth, in a subway car. Failing, she resorts to humiliating him. This breaks the facade of his decency, as he descends to her level for a spitfire fight and decrees that murder of the whites by the blacks “would make us all sane.”

The Vagina Monologues, an Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices. A scene from the full play will be presented and is directed by senior Steven Stewart.

“Ensler breaks taboos by talking, talking and talking some more-stripping fear and shame from what she celebrates here. It makes for quite a party. Funny, outrageous, emotionally affecting, and occasionally angry… The Vagina Monologues confront words to demystify and disarm them. In so doing, Ensler disarms the audience too.” – Associated Press.

These plays may not be suitable for all audiences and contain mature language and subject matter.

Tickets are all $5 and seating is general admission. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Tickets are available on the web at www.linfield.edu/arts-and-culture.html, by phone, or in person at the Marshall Theatre Box Office in the lobby of Ford Hall. The box office is open Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. For more information, call 503-883-2292.