- Linfield College
Theatre and Communication Arts

Linfield Theatre's
100th Anniversary Season

Creating Theatre Magic Since 1920

This centennial season reflects our dual interest in exploring the past and future of theatre and in delving into the pressing social issues of today. Several of these texts are adaptations of venerable narratives envisioned by young playwrights who will shape the theatre landscape for decades to come. The themes present in these performances relate to government and politics as well as domestic family dynamics. We look forward to sharing this artistic work with you and, together, exploring the frontiers of theatricality while celebrating 100 seasons of Linfield Theatre!


2019-2020 Linfield Theatre Season Poster


Linfield Theatre kicks off its 2019-2020 centennial production year with GreekFest, an evening of three modern adaptations from the Golden Age of Greek drama—The Trojan Women, adapted and directed by Lindsey Mantoan; The Eumenides, adapted and directed by Janet Gupton; and Lysistrata, adapted by Douglas Soderberg '79 and Melory Mirashrafi '19 and directed by Soderberg.

September 20, 21, 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall and the Arts Quad, weather permitting

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Guest Artist Adleane Hunter

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Sweat investigates the intersections among class, globalization, and race through a focus on working–class factory employees in Reading, Pennsylvania. The play challenges us all to question the cost of technological progress and outsourcing while highlighting the fault lines created between close friends when capitalist hierarchies rule the lives of the working class. 

November 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.
November 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall

Measure for Measure
by William Shakespeare
in a modern verse translation by Aditi Kapil
Directed by Janet Gupton

In the aftermath of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for then–judge Brett Kavanaugh, social media erupted with the following quotation from Measure for Measure, in which a man uses his power to coerce a woman to have sex with him: “Who will believe thee, Isabel? […] Say what you can, my false o’erweighs your true.” With the rise in accusations against prominent men for sexual abuse, the phrase “believe women” gives the themes of Measure for Measure new resonance.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

April -3 and 9-11 at 7:30 p.m.
April 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall

Doctor Voynich and Her Children
by Leanna Keyes
Directed by Stephanie Mulligan '14

Playwright Leanna Keyes draws from Bertolt Brecht’s foundational play Mother Courage and Her Children and asks what women’s rights will look like in “the near future, God help us.” As Doctor Voynich travels the countryside dispensing medicines, audiences will consider what anti–science policies might do to health care and reproductive rights. A stark presentation of how minorities might be treated if the government continues to erode protections for equal treatment, Doctor Voynich is both a reimagining and a warning.

May 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and May 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall

Springfest: Student-Directed Theatre Shorts

In a salute to the next generation of theatre artists, our final production features student work mentored through Dr. Janet Gupton’s Advanced Directing course.

May 21-22
Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall

Join us as we celebrate 100 seasons of live theatre at Linfield University!

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for more information about each of these productions and other exciting
arts and culture events at Linfield.

Directions to the Theatre

To reach Ford Hall from Hwy. 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Keck Drive at Albertson’s. Take Keck Drive to Lever Street and turn right. Take the next immediate right at Ford Drive into the theatre parking lot. Ford Hall is located at the west end of the parking lot.

Playwrights Welcome

Playwrights Welcome is a new program developed for Dramatists Guild of America Members by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists. We are invested in the success and artistic health of our industry’s writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre. We’re also aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grow as artists. We are proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome at our theater, please call the box office at 503.883.2292. Note that writers must present their Dramatists Guild membership card when requesting a ticket.