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9/9/2008 Theatre season opens with original play

McMINNVILLE – Linfield College theatre students will kick off the theatrical season with “82,769 Signatures,” a play written and directed by Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts at Linfield.

The show will run Sept. 25-27 in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. All performances are at 8 p.m. and run 90 minutes with no intermission.

“82,769 Signatures” is an irreverent exploration of the world of politics. In 1902, Oregon voters approved the use of the citizen initiative – a process by which any individual can gather signatures from Oregon voters to place a proposed change in state law on the ballot in an upcoming election. Over the years, the ballot initiative has been used to revise laws on such wide-ranging issues as education, gay and lesbian rights, land use, marijuana, taxes, timber, obscenity and physician-assisted suicide. The show considers the impact of the direct democracy on the lives of Oregonians through reenactments of narratives, audience interaction and dramatic improvisation.

The show will involve staging stories on a number of controversial political issues. Audience members will be assigned “lines” in some scenes, and will also have the opportunity to participate directly in improvisational scenes with the actors, according to Miller, who wrote the script while on sabbatical last year.

“Since the show is about a process that involves citizen participation, I believe that this has to be reflected in a consistent level of audience participation throughout the performance,” Miller said.

Tickets are $5 and seating is general admission. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 24 and may be purchased at the Marshall Theatre Box Office or ordered by phone with a credit or debit card. Located in the Ford Hall lobby, the box office will be open on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 3-5 p.m., and Sept. 25-27 from 3-8 p.m. Tickets are also available on the web at – use a credit or debit card and pick them up at the box office on the night of the show. A small service charge will apply for web orders. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. Please contact the box office directly if accessible seating is required. Assisted listening devices are available at each performance.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.