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2013-2014 Linfield Theatre Season

Join us for Linfield Theatre's 94th Season of Producing Plays at Linfield College

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Legacies of War

Bradass87 by Claire Lebowitz
No Sir! by Jerry Goralnick and The Living Theatre
Legacies of War: A Dialogue

A Lacroute Arts Series &
A Linfield PLACE Event

September 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by Linfield Theatre and the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield
Featuring Jerry Goralnick and Claire Lebowitz of The Living Theatre Workshops and Linfield Students

Claire Lebowitz and Jerry Goralnick of The Living Theatre Workshops will be in residence at Linfield from September 15th – September 21st. Working with Linfield students they will present Bradass87, No Sir!, and a guided discussion about the legacies of war.

Created by Claire Lebowitz for Whistleblowers Theatre, Bradass87, a compelling political drama, explores the motivations of WikiLeaks whistleblower, Private First Class Bradley Manning. The play has been composed from documentary sources: chat logs of Manning's own words, trial transcripts and journalistic interviews. Set in solitary confinement at Quantico Marine Corp Brig and on the Internet, Bradass87, a highly physical and multimedia play, also examines the court martial that has serious consequences for freedom of the press in the United States.

No Sir! probes the controversial topic of military recruitment in protest of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is presented in front of a commercial made by the U.S. government for military recruitment and was originally performed as street theatre at the giant screen at the armed forces recruitment station in Times Square.

Ajax in Iraq

by Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Janet Gupton

A Linfield PLACE Event

November 7–9 and November 14–16 at 7:30 p.m.
November 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin's mash-up of Sophocles' classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides over the whole. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.

Special Events

  • Thursday, Nov. 7 Post-Show Discussion: "Women and the Military: Serving in Uniform or Supporting at Home". Looking at the challenges that women soldiers as well as wives of soldiers face.
  • Friday, Nov. 15 Post-Show Discussion: "Veterans: Serving Those Who've Served Us". Examining the challeges faced by soldiers returing to civilian life and how those at home can prepare and help that transition.

Both post-show discussions are free and open to the public. Attendance at the performance, while recommended, is not required.

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Janet Gupton

April 16–18 and 23–26 at 7:30 p.m.

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde was first performed in February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts

May 14-17 at 7:30 p.m.

Theatre majors invited to participate in the advanced directing course will showcase their talents in Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts.

"For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls" and "The Actor's Nightmare" are comedies by American playwright Christopher Durang. "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls" parodies Tenesse Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," while "The Actor's Nightmare" is about an accountant suddenly thrown into a theatrical production that he wasn't prepared for. "The Most Massive Woman Wins," a comedy by Madeleine George, takes place in the waiting room at a liposuction clinic where four women explore body image issues. "The Dumbwaiter" by Harold Pinter is set in a basement where two hit men are awaiting their next assignment. "Tea," by Velina Hasu Houston, is about five Japanese women who marry American soldiers after World War II and find their lives in upheaval as they are displaced to Junction City, Kan., during the 1950s and 60s.