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3/6/2007 Linfield College presents spring comedy

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College theatre students will experience the political struggle between men and women in the upcoming production of "Women in Congress" by Aristophanes and recently adapted by Jules Tasca.

The play will run for four performances March 20-23 in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. All performances are at 8 p.m.

The play, a comedy, is the story of the women of Athens who realize that the men have failed in bringing peace and prosperity to the city, and they decide to take over Congress themselves. Written in 393 BC, the production is rarely done and is one of Aristophanes' last works, according to Thomas Gressler, Linfield professor emeritus of theatre and the play's director. Gressler, who served as theatre director for 20 years before retiring from Linfield, said the play demonstrates the differences between the political ideologies of men and women.

"While the men rely on corruption and war, the women rely on a communistic utopia, thereby disallowing room for individual differences and talents," said Gressler. "So, I guess one could say that neither males nor females themselves are able to solve societal problems. We need both equally."

The set of "Women in Congress" was designed by George Caldwell, assistant professor of theatre at Oregon State University, and is meant to suggest an overall place and feel rather than a specific location. Costumes will be created by DeMara Cabrera, costume designer and adjunct faculty member, and will be based on Greek clothing of the era.

Sophomore Matt Cantelon of Kent, Wash., is the stage manager for the show. According to Cantelon, the play was a great learning opportunity.

"This experience has benefited me because I have gained a greater understanding of the logistics of putting on a play, and an enhanced appreciation for theatre as a whole," he said.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors (62+) with a $2 discount on opening night. Tickets are now available on the web, offering added convenience and personal seat selection. Go to and click on "Buy tickets." A small service charge will apply for web orders. Tickets may also be purchased at the Marshall Theatre box office, located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on performance days. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 12.

For more information, call 503-883-2292. To reach Ford Hall from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right on Lever Street and right again on Ford Drive. Ford Hall is located at the west end of the parking lot.