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11/25/2003 "A Christmas Memory"to be presented

McMINNVILLE – Truman Capote’s holiday masterpiece, "A Christmas Memory," will be presented on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Kenneth W. Ford Hall at Linfield College.

"A Christmas Memory" is the story of Capote’s boyhood days in rural Alabama during the 1930s. It is the tale of an odd but enduring friendship between a young child and an elderly cousin and their Christmas ritual of baking fruitcakes.

The story will be performed by Janet Gupton, assistant professor of theatre and communication arts, and Ted deChatelet, adjunct professor of theatre and communication arts. Bill Chilla will provide original music.

Gupton and deChatelet played major roles in Linfield’s production of "The Crucible" this fall. Gupton holds a bachelor’s and a J.D. from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Oregon. Gupton’s past stage experience includes "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Woman in Mind," "Macbeth" and "Lips Together Teeth Apart." DeChatelet is a professional actor who has worked extensively both in New York and in regional theatres around the country.

"A Christmas Memory" will be the centerpiece of a holiday celebration. Other spiritual and cultural traditions of the holiday season will be celebrated through readings.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 503-883-2802. To reach Ford Hall, turn on Keck Drive across from Roth’s Market and follow the street to the main parking lot, located on the right. The theatre is located on the south side of the parking lot.