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3/6/2009 "The Shape of Things" to open at Linfield theatre

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            McMINNVILLE – Linfield College theatre students will explore the ethics of love and art in “The Shape of Things,” a play written by acclaimed American playwright, screenwriter and film director Neil LaBute.

The play will run four nights only, March 17-20, at 8 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield College. It contains mature language and subject matter.

A modern version of the Adam and Eve story, “The Shape of Things”pits gentle, awkward, overweight museum guard Adam against experienced, intelligent, seductive Evelyn, a graduate student in art. After an incident at a museum brings them together, Adam and Evelyn embark on an intense relationship resulting in the complete transformation of Adam’s physique and character.

The play is highlighted by complex, yet realistic, characters, according to director Zane Johnston, a senior majoring in theatre arts.

“One thing I love about this show is that there is no side taken in terms of which gender should fill what role,” he said. “The focus is how a person’s perception of self affects how they act around others.”

This is Johnston’s fourth full-length directing experience -- his second at Linfield. He likes coaching actors and the creative control presented by directing. 

“I am always looking at a show I’m in and thinking, ‘How would I do this differently?’” said Johnston, who hopes to pursue an acting career after graduation. “When I'm directing, it’s great to realize that if I don't like something, I would be wrong not to try and change it.” 

The directing experience has been rewarding for Johnston, who has gained skills in coaching actors, along with directing and acting. He said he’s been given complete creative license by Linfield faculty members.

“This is a wonderful experience in preparing me to work in the world after Linfield,” he said. “I am actually directing a show, and not just directing actors while the professors direct me.”

Featuring a cast of four student actors, the play examines the roles of gender, beauty and art in modern society. Cast members include freshman psychology major Grace Beckett, senior English literature major Bryan Bove, sophomore theatre and psychology double major Christopher Lambert, and freshman English major Kristina Winch.

“The Shape of Things” features scenic and lighting designs by Tyrone Marshall, professor of theatre and resident designer, costumes by senior history major Afton Pilkington, and sound by award-winning sound designer Matt Cantelon, a senior theatre and political science double major. Sophomore theatre major Matt Sunderland stage manages with assistance from Chloe Wandler, a freshman theatre major, and Garrett Garceau, a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors (62+). Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 10, and may be purchased at the Marshall Theatre Box Office or ordered by phone with a credit or debit card. Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on performance days. Tickets are also available through a secure server at A small service charge will apply for web orders. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. Contact the box office directly if you require accessible seating.

To reach Ford Hall from Highway 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right on Lever Street and right again on Ford Drive. Ford Hall is located at the west end of the parking lot. Visit for a map of campus (Ford Hall is number 58B on the map).

For more information, call 503-883-2292.