10/30/2002 Linfield theatre students set to premier Gilman play
McMINNVILLE ? Linfield College students, in their second production of the year, will present a contemporary story of love, obsession and life.
"Boy Gets Girl" will be performed Nov. 14-16 and 21-23 at 8 p.m. in the Linfield Pioneer Theatre. Tickets are $4 for students, faculty and staff and $5 for the general public. Tickets can be reserved by calling 503-883-2292 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Boy Gets Girl" centers around Theresa Bedell, a successful New York reporter who enjoys her work and the life she has created. She feels that a relationship could complete the circle so she agrees to go on a blind date with Tony. He is attractive and funny but she soon becomes convinced they have nothing in common. Tony feels otherwise and his persistence turns into obsession. Theresa's annoyance turns to terror as he begins to torment her and those around her. Ultimately, Theresa must fight to save herself from Tony's actions ? actions that challenge the assumptions at the very heart of romantic pursuit.
The Linfield production of "Boy Gets Girl" will be the Pacific Northwest premier for the play, which is unusual. A professional theatre company will normally produce a play before it is performed on an amateur stage such as Linfield.
Janet Gupton, assistant professor of theatre arts and the play's director, wanted to do this production specifically because she had written her post-graduate dissertation on the playwright Rebecca Gilman. Gupton credits Brenda Marshall, associate professor of theatre and communication arts at Linfield, for her persistence in obtaining the rights to produce the show.
"The play's main focus is on male and female perceptions of dating and romance," Gupton said. "It also deals with the topic of stalking with a little comic relief to ease the tension."
This play contains language and subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.