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9/23/2005 Linfield theatre production to kick off season

McMINNVILLE – A cast of four Linfield College students will explore Japanese theatre during the first production of the year, "A Corpse With Feet" by Betsuyaku Minoru.

The play will run Oct. 4-7 at 8 p.m. at the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Directed by Janet Gupton, assistant professor of theatre arts, the production is the first of four on this year’s schedule showcasing international theatre.

"A Corpse With Feet" is a contemporary

one-act play by one of Japan’s leading playwrights. In this short piece, a woman and man meet at a railroad crossing. The woman drags a large bag and employs the man to help her with the bag. Together they make discoveries about the absurdities of modern life.

Freshman Brenna Crocker of West Linn and senior Aoi Koto of Japan share the woman’s role, while freshmen Patrick Maxwell of Boise, Idaho, and Zane Johnston of Sammamish, Wash., join forces to play the man. Students will speak both English and Japanese, and Gupton said incorporating the languages has been her biggest challenge.

"We’re playing with modes of communication and it has been tricky," she said. "The students are all on stage at the same time. It’s been kind of wacky at rehearsals but a lot of fun."

A working railroad crossing is central to the set, designed by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts. Sound design is by Robert Miller, technical director, and costume design is by Annelie Thurin, costumer. The show will be presented in arena style, with seating on all sides of the stage.

The play runs one hour with no intermission. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors (62+). Tickets may be purchased at the Marshall Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., with expanded hours on performance days. The box office is located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall. Tickets may also be reserved by phone, 503-883-2292, or e-mail,

To reach Ford Hall from 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.