The Arts at Linfield
Arts flourish at Linfield College. Linfield students and faculty are active participants in the arts and cultural activities, both on campus and in the community.
Involvement ranges from a variety of main-stage Linfield Theatre productions to musical activities including opera theatre, chamber music ensembles and the Linfield Lively Arts music series. The Nicholson Library and English Department host Readings at the Nick, which brings award-winning authors to interact with our campus, and students also produce their own literary magazine, Camas. The Linfield Gallery presents an ongoing stream of exhibits by internationally recognized artists. Learn more about Linfield clubs associated with arts.
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Marshall Theatre: Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
Linfield Theatre’s 15th season in the Marshall Theatre has featured the plays of Lauren Gunderson, America’s most produced playwright of 2017-2018. Linfield’s season began in September with four of her short plays, continued with the Pacific Northwest premiere of Ada and the Engine in November, and features Silent Sky in April.
Performance dates are April 12, 13, and 14 and 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Janet Gupton will direct.
4/12 Behind The Scenes with the Production Team: Please join us after the opening night performance for a short Question & Answer discussion with the designers and director as they share their ideas in creating this production.
Ticket Prices: Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors 62+; $7 for Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (age 10+, any school, one ticket per ID). There is a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Purchase on the web and pick your tickets up at the box office the night of the show. Just click on the “Buy Tickets Now” button. For more information, call 503.883.2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.
“Lauren Gunderson’s luminously beautiful play is an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Silent Sky is a fictional account of the historical, "star finding fiend" Henrietta Leavitt, one of Harvard Observatory's handful of women tasked with "bookkeeping" the stars for male astronomers in the early 1900s, most notably Edward Charles Pickering. During her career, she discovered over 2,400 variable stars, roughly half the known total in that era. Henrietta's keen observation and mathematic skills lead to her discovery of the period-luminosity relation of Cepheid variables, which radically changed the theory of modern astronomy, an accomplishment for which she received almost no recognition during her lifetime. Her discovery set the standard for computing distances among stars and paved the way for other astronomers to measure the universe. Edwin Hubble used Leavitt's findings to establish that the universe is expanding and to create the Hubble space telescope. In 1921 Leavitt passed away from cancer. Unaware of her death, the Swedish mathematician Gostamittag Leffler considered nominating her for the 1926 Nobel Prize in Physics and wrote to Harvard requesting more information, but the Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously.
Silent Sky sheds light on two other historical "computers" for Harvard Observatory, Willamina Fleming, Pickering's Scottish housekeeper turned amateur astronomer, and Annie Cannon, a pioneering astronomer responsible for the classification of hundreds of thousands of stars. Together with Leavitt and others, these women were dubbed Pickering's "harem" and successfully mapped and catalogued every star in the sky by studying photographic plates of stars captured by Harvard's "Great Refractor" telescope.
Gunderson's witty dialogue and interesting female characters trying to make their own contributions to science and history in a male dominated field sheds light on the forgotten women scientists that have become a staple of Gunderson's playwriting.
Cast & Production Team: Cast members include Alexandria Hunter, Elise Martin, Sam Hannigan, Kendall Harrison, and Arianna Strong. Scenic and lighting design is by Prof. Ty Marshall, sound design by Rob Vaughn, costume design by Laurel Peterson, and dramaturgy by Prof. Lindsey Mantoan. Prof. Marshall will be retiring this year and Silent Sky will mark his final design for the Linfield Theatre program.
Box Office: Tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning April 3 at 3:00 p.m. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5:00 p.m., and until performance time on performance days. The box office will also be open April 14 and 21 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday. April 15 from noon to 2:00 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503.883.2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.
Sponsorship: This production is presented by the Linfield Theatre Program and is a Linfield PLACE event (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). This year’s PLACE them is the “Digital Citizen.” It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Playwrights Welcome: We are proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome at our theatre, please contact the box office. Note that writers must present their Dramatists Guild membership card when requesting a ticket.
Directions: To reach Ford Hall from Hwy. 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Keck Drive at Albertson's. Take Keck Drive to Lever Street & turn right. Take the next immediate right at Ford Drive into the theatre parking lot. Ford Hall is located at the west end of the parking lot. For a campus map, visit: http://www.linfield.edu/campus-map.html
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Study the Arts
Linfield offers a variety of arts-related majors and minors. The campus’ close-knit environment makes it possible for students to work side by side with faculty who also happen to be nationally and internationally recognized visual artists, musicians, authors and theatre artists.