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3/4/2008 Crave on tap for spring drama

MCMINNVILLE – Linfield College theatre students will showcase the disintegration of the human psyche under the pressures of love, desire and loss in the upcoming production of “Crave” by British playwright Sarah Kane.

The play will run March 18-21 at 8 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

“Crave,” directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre, analyzes how various addictions affects individuals’ lives. According to Gupton, Linfield’s production of “Crave” is more of a tone poem rather than a traditional dramatic-style play.

“It is not the usual cause-effect plot line,” she said. “I thought it would be an interesting chance to have our students do something challenging and nonlinear.”

Kane, the playwright, worked in a genre dubbed “in-yer-face” theatre that confronts the audience with a message through blatantly aggressive and provocative means. Disturbing images and extreme language as well as emotional rawness are employed to question the status quo.

Four student actors will explore a nasty side of humankind and demonstrate the conflicts that arise. Although the play contains mature language and subject matter, Gupton hopes that “Crave” will be a challenging and intriguing change of pace, and that audiences will take advantage of seeing a unique theatrical experience.

In order to capture the internal pressures of the characters, the play is designed in an arena atmosphere with the audience on all four sides of the stage. The set was designed by Tyrone Marshall, Linfield professor of theatre arts and program director.

“We tried to create a sculptural set that evokes the feeling of fragmentation, which mirrors the poetic lines of the play,” Gupton said.

“Crave” runs approximately 50 minutes without an intermission. This play is intended for mature audiences.

Tickets for “Crave” go on sale March 11 and are $9 for full price and $7 for students and seniors (62+), with a $2 discount on opening night. Tickets are available on the web at A small service charge will apply for web orders. Tickets may also be purchased at the Marshall Theatre box office or ordered over the 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. For more information, call 503-883-2292.

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 (Ford Hall is number 58B on the map).