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1/12/2009 Play heads for regional conference; free performances scheduled

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Linfield College theatre students have been selected to take their show on the road to the American College Theatre Festival regional conference, which will be held Feb. 16-20 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Linfield will perform “Crave” by British playwright Sarah Kane, which originally ran in March 2008 in the Linfield College Marshall Theatre. Directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, the production analyzed how various addictions affect the lives of individuals. Three current students and a recent graduate (Trish Castaneda-Gonzales, Afton Pilkington, Will DeBiccari, and Caleb Kearns) will recreate their roles that explored this dark side of humankind.

Free performances scheduled

In preparation for the festival, there will be a dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, Feb. 12, that will be open only to Linfield faculty, staff, and students. ID will be required. On Friday, Feb. 13, there will be a free performance open to the public. The dress rehearsal and the free performance will be presented in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at 8 p.m. Seating is very limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required and no reservations will be accepted.

 "Crave" contains mature language and subject matter.

Linfield is one of four schools invited from the region. A national selection team will choose shows from all eight regions to advance to the national festival, held in April at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

This is Linfield’s fifth invitation in 20 years to perform at the regional festival, according to Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts.

            “It’s a tremendous honor to be invited to the festival, particularly for a small program like ours,” said Marshall, who designed the “Crave” set. “That a small liberal arts college is able to compete on a level strong enough to be viewed at a regional festival is a testament to what the Linfield program is about. We have consistently shown that we have been able to compete at that level.”

            In addition to the performance, three Linfield students have been nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting competition at the festival. Students include junior Will De Biccarri of Sandy and seniors Trish Castaneda-Gonzales of Gresham and Afton Pilkington of Snoqualmie, Wash. Seniors Matt Cantelon of Kent, Wash., and Tess Malone of Sammamish, Wash., will also compete in the areas of sound and lighting design, respectively.