Linfield theatre concludes 97th season with ‘The Women of Lockerbie’

The Women of LockerbieLinfield College theatre students will explore grief and healing in the face of intolerable pain when they present “The Women of Lockerbie,” the final show of the 97th season.

Performances are May 4-6 and 11-13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre. In addition, Deborah Brevoort, playwright, will be in residence working with students and presenting talks for the community on issues surrounding the play.

“The Women of Lockerbie” transports the audience to the hills of Scotland seven years after Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed in 1988 by a terrorist bomb and crashed into the small village, killing all 243 passengers, 16 crew members, and 11 individuals on the ground. It tells the plight of a mother from New Jersey traveling to Scotland to find her son’s remains. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. Inspired by a true story, the characters and situations in the play are fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, the play is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. It is the winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.

Brevoort will be in residence at Linfield May 4-6 to celebrate the opening of Linfield’s production. The residency is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College. The Lacroute Arts Series is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.


Playwright-in-residence special events:

  • Book signings: Prior to the performances on Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5 from 7-7:25 p.m., Brevoort will sign copies of her book “The Women of Lockerbie & The Comfort Team.” Books will be available for purchase at the signing.
  • Behind the scenes with the production team: On Thursday, May 4, after the performance, stay for a short question & answer discussion with the playwright, designers and director as they share their ideas about creating this production.
  • Meet the playwright dessert reception: Join Brevoort at a dessert reception before the show on Friday, May 5, from 6 -7p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall.
  • Post show discussion, “From Tragedy to Healing”: On Friday, May 5, immediately following the performance, Brevoort, Gupton and the actors will join the audience in a discussion of the themes developed in the play.
  • Writing process talk: Brevoort will present “The Women of Lockerbie: The Journey from Inspiration to the Stage” on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. She will talk about her writing process, from the moment of inspiration to the staged production. She will also discuss the many detours along the way, such as adapting Greek tragedy to a contemporary subject; Aristotle; playwriting craft issues; poetry; contending with critics; and new play development programs.

Cast members include seniors Alyssa Lawrence who will play Olive; Joella Cordell who will play Madeline; Robert Murphy Jackson who will play Bill; Naomi Boydston who will play Chorus Woman 2; and Gabriel Esparza who will play Chorus Woman 5; sophomore Zach Brehmeyer who will play George Jones; freshman Claire Hamada who will play Hattie; Sara Vass who will play Chorus Woman 1; Alyx Jones-Sriboonlert who will play Chorus Woman 3; and Jenny Furrow who will play Chorus Woman 4.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (age 10+, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available online at and tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Tuesday, April 25. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open May 6 and 13 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and on May 7 from noon to 2 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

Linfield’s Marshall Theatre takes part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights free of charge. The production is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.