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9/11/2006 Linfield theatre kicks off season with 30 plays in 60 minutes

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College students will begin the theatrical season with the annual student Icebreaker.

Performances will be held Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 23, at 8 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m. and midnight in Marshall Theatre in Kenneth W. Ford Hall. The theatre will open 45 minutes early each night with music, games and entertainment for the audience.

This year students will perform 30 Neo-Futurist plays from “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” created by Greg Allen and written by the Neo-Futurists, a theatre group based in Chicago, Ill. Each play will be two minutes long or less and the audience will decide the order in which the performances take place. The plays vary from personal pieces about relationships, love and sex, to political discussions about war, George Bush, discrimination, racism and classism. Students will be under the direction of senior Trish Everett, a theatre arts and political science major.

Everett believes the Icebreakers are a good opportunity for students to become involved with the Linfield theatre program.

“The Icebreakers allow freshmen and transfer students to start with the theatre program early in the year, and hopefully they will stay involved for the rest of their time at Linfield,” said Everett. “For returning students, the plays are a great way to be involved in a production before other commitments pile up, and it is a wonderful opportunity for more experience.”

Tickets for the performances will range from $1 to $3 and will be available at the door an hour before each performance. There will be no advanced orders or reservations. For ticket information call 503-883-2292.

To reach Ford Hall from Hwy. 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.

For more information on the productions, contact Everett at or Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, at 503-883-2293.