Linfield students to direct theatre shorts

Linfield College advanced directing students will showcase their talents in Springfest: Student-Directed Theater Shorts, May 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

Students will present two short plays each evening with a different pairing each night. Featured short plays include:

• Thursday, May 10: “These Shining Lives” and “Saturn Returns”

• Friday, May 11: “Tone Clusters” and “These Shining Lives”

• Saturday, May 12: “Saturn Returns” and “Tone Clusters”

“These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich and directed by junior Daphne Dossett will be performed Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11. The story chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day. Catherine and her friends are dying from radium poisoning, but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits – or endanger the lives of those who come after them. Student actors include sophomores Dorothy Sterling, Chad Swan and Jenny Layton and seniors Caitlyn Olson, Katie MacKay and Marc Pereira.

“Saturn Returns” by Noah Haidle and directed by senior Kanon Havens will be performed Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12. In the play, an astrological phenomenon presupposes that when the planet Saturn completes its cycle every 30 years of a human’s life, life is affected by deep trauma and change. The play follows Gustin, a radiologist living in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the ages of 88, 58 and 28. Gustin is inextricably bound to the women in his life: at 88, his nurse, Suzanne; at 58, his daughter, Zephyr; and at 28, his wife, Loretta. Gustin endures as the women come and go, live and die. Student actors include freshmen Terran Sobel-Smith and Cody Meadows and sophomores Nicholas Granato and Mackensie Sempert.

“Tone Clusters” by Joyce Carol Oates and directed by junior Chris Forrer will be performed Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. The play conveys an unsettling look into the disharmony that can subtly take hold in a household when its members fail to see what’s around them. Over the course of the play, Frank and Emily Gulick are interviewed by the “Voice” for a bizarre news program about their 22-year-old son, Carl, who has been arrested for the rape, murder and mutilation of a 14-year-old neighbor girl. The evidence overwhelmingly incriminates Carl, but his parents are unable to accept this and have buried the truth. As their self-deception begins to implode, the Gulicks are forced to take a hard look at what happens when you can no longer shield yourself from your own thoughts. Student actors include freshmen Daniel Bradley and Sammi Palmer and sophomores Nicholas Granato and Jenny Layton.

The plays contain adult language and mature subject matter.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 7. Tickets are $5 for full price and $3 for students. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.