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10/16/2003 CSU performance troupe to present racism scene at Linfield

McMINNVILLE -- "Words of our Students," an interactive racism scene, will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The scene will be performed by interACT, a California State University Long Beach performance troupe. A talk-back session where the audience can interact with the cast will follow the 50-minute performance.

The event is sponsored by a number of Linfield groups including Student Activities, the Counseling Center, Multicultural Programs, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Theatre and Communication Arts and Pi Kappa Delta forensics honorary.

The scene was created and is directed by Marc Rich, assistant professor, and Aaron Cargile, associate professor, both in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University Long Beach.

The performance helps foster dialogue by posing concrete examples of racism and using highly interactive techniques that involve audience members in the production. The actor-educators reflect the diversity of urban campuses, and the scene, scripted entirely from students' journal entries and anonymous confessionals, helps illuminate the deep rift that still exists between white students and persons of color. Scripted lines, as well as break-out interactive scenes, allow for critical reflection and audience participation.

"Although it is not an easy performance to view, we do present the authentic voices of our students and enable audience members to actively confront racism," Rich said.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jackson Miller, assistant professor of communication arts at Linfield, at 503-883-2625.