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Linfield Theatre Presents

Kickin' Sand and Tellin' Lies

A World Premiere by Jackson B. Miller and Christopher Forrer

A fictional tale inspired by stories from the Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City project

The Linfield theatre program's 10th year in the Marshall Theatre and 93rd season of plays continues with the first of two world premiers that will be presented during 2012-2013.

Kickin' Sand and Tellin' Lies Poster
Directed by Janet Gupton

Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall November 1-3 and 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Additional Performance, November 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Kiawanda Community Center, Pacific City, Oregon

Opening Night: Meet the Playwrights

On November 1st, the theatre will host a pre-performance reception from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall. Join us for light refreshments and a discussion with the authors.

About the Play

A unique two-year project by Linfield College students and faculty chronicling the Pacific City dory community will culminate in the world premiere of Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, written by Professor Jackson Miller and senior theatre major Chris Forrer. It is a fictional tale inspired by stories from the project Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City. The play chronicles the story of a young fisherman as he learns respect for the ocean, the dory fleet and fellow anglers. The play opens with the Blessing of the Fleet, an annual Pacific City event to kick off the fishing season. The production touches on community, dory traditions, environmental regulations, and fishery management practices.

The stories and experiences of the characters in the play came directly from more than 80 interviews conducted with dory fishermen and women, so the words ring true to how people in the community describe their experiences and how they relate to one another. Miller and Forrer kept a log of terms and phrases and incorporated these into the script. Miller said the process of gathering the material gave them a vivid and intimate picture of life in Pacific City and in the dory community. “People have shared such wonderful stories with us,” he said. “As a playwright, it’s been a wonderful opportunity. The stories themselves have great drama.”

About the Production

The cast of twenty includes Linfield students Travis McKenna, Daniel Bradley, Nicholas Granato, Cody Meadows, Lukasz Augustine, Alex Everakes, Colton Wright, Logan Mays, Chad Swan, Sammi Palmer, Sadie Grasle, Pendrey Trammell, Meagan Gear, Madison Sanchez, Kristie Castenera, Emily Meinel, Caitlyn Olson, Angie Aguilar, and Amanda Wolf. Linfield alum, JP Klonginger, completes the cast.  MacKensie Sempert, Emily Wells, Alyssa Coleman, Jeremy Odden, Margaret Epply, Chris Forrer, Jasmine Cobb, Nanako Nishimura, Pendrey Trammell, Gabrielle Leif, and Olivia Fragoso serve as running crew.

Dr. Janet Gupton directs the production. Designers include Tyrone Marshall, scenic and lighting design; Rebecca Meredith, costume design; and senior theatre major Laurel Haspel, sound design. Technical direction is by Rob Vaughn. Junior theatre major Jennifer Layton serves as stage manager.

Oregon Arts Commission LogoThe production has been supported in part by an Arts Build Communities Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Tickets for Performances in the Marshall Theatre

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Purchase on the Web and pick your ticekts up at the box office the night of the show. Just click on the "Buy Tickets Now" button. 

Tickets for the Performance in Pacific City

This performance will be free, but due to limited seating, we ask that you reserve or pick up tickets at the Pacific City Inn, 35280 Brooten Road (503-965-64640 or from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Rowboat Gallery, 43960 Brooten Road (503-965-4590).

Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City Project

For the Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City project, Linfield students and faculty are preserving the stories, voices, and images of dory fishers for a permanent online archival collection in Linfield's DigitalCommons (http// Results will also be showcased in a photography exhibit, a traveling poster exhibit, and scholarly papers. The project will be featured in an upcoming segment on the Oregon Field Guide television program, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The project is a collaborative venture involving the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, the Jereld R. Nicholson Library, the Linfield Center for the Northwest, the Pacific City Arts Association, and the Pacific City Dorymen's Association.

Marshall Theatre at Ford Hall

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. Click here for a campus map. Ford Hall is number 58B on the map.