The plays will be the first productions in the new Marshall Theatre, housed in Kenneth W. Ford Hall, the new home of the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. The plays will be produced with minimal sets, using basic props, according to Janet Gupton, assistant professor of theatre arts. The Icebreaker is staged annually to get new students quickly involved in theatre and this year to get returning students in to see the new space.
Four 10-minute plays will be produced: "Making the Call" by Jane Martin; "Anything for You," by Cathy Celesia; "The DMV" by Nick Gazone; and "Today's Special," by Greg Vovos. Two plays will be directed by Charlotte Brockman, a junior majoring in theatre who appeared in "Two Gentlemen from Verona" and "Dancing at Lughnasa." Mike Pace will also direct two plays. He is a junior majoring in theatre and religious studies and has been involved on technical crews of several Linfield productions.
"This is really a showcase to get some of the new students involved in the program," Gupton said. "Students do not need to be majors to try out for the plays and we try to cast the new students in these productions."
Gupton is excited about the new theatre facilities, noting that it will change and broaden the theatre program.
"We will be able to do shows we could not do before, those with bigger casts or requiring sets that move," she said. "We will be able to use more sound and light design. It opens up all kinds of possibilities for all of us in terms of creative development."
Tickets for the three performances are $3 and will be available in advance at the ticket booth or at the door before each performance. For ticket information call 503-883-2292.
For more information, contact Gupton at 503-883-2293.