Student one-acts open Linfield’s 97th theatre season

"Simulation," Marshall TheatreLinfield College will open its 97th theatre season with “The Season Opening One-Acts,” three one-act performances, Sept. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

“The Internet is Distract — Oh Look A Kitten!,” “Simulation” and “Act 3: Wildcats Connected,” explore the college’s 2016-17 PLACE theme: The Digital Self. This year’s theme focuses on how the digital age affects human experience, as well as how engagement with technology impacts identities, physical bodies, self expression, interpersonal relationships and social interactions. Each performance offers a different perspective on these issues.

“Act 1: The Internet is Distract — Oh Look A Kitten!” takes a comical look at a student desperately trying to finish a paper despite many online diversions. This comedy, written by Ian McWethy, will be directed by Jenny Layton, a 2014 Linfield graduate, and is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

“Act 2: Simulation” by Carrie Vaughn provides a look at digital identity and questions the existence of the roles we assume on the Internet. This world premier questions whether we exist at all, or are just programmed to think we exist. The short play was commissioned for Linfield’s PLACE program, and is directed by Chris Forrer, a 2013 Linfield graduate.

“Act 3: Wildcats Connected” will bring the focus back to the Linfield campus. Audience members will have a chance to interact with the playwright Carrie Vaughn, the director and the rest of the production team to discuss how the digital age has impacted their lives.

All tickets are $5 and seating is reserved. Tickets are available at www.linfield.edu/arts and in the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Sept. 19. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.