Linfield theater prepares for fall productions, PLACE theme

Elizabeth Stoeger, News editor

In its 96th season, the Linfield Theater offers two productions this fall, “We Are But One Thread” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, both in line with this year’s PLACE theme – Air, Water, Earth and Fire: the ancient elements on a changing planet.”

The production in September is a new staging of “We Are But One Thread” which “examines the way in which humankind … alters the design [of the planet] in ways no other creature has ever done.”

Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of Theater and Communication Arts at Linfield said, “We hope the production will capture some of the Linfield community’s conversation about these issues and contribute to that dialogue.”

Marshall called the production “a unique, Linfield-centered artistic expression of our collective response to some of the issues embedded in the PLACE theme.”

There will be an informational meeting as well as auditions held on Monday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in  Marshall Theatre located in Ford Hall. Anyone is welcome to audition and attend the meeting.

In November, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be staged in a new way in order to further reflect this year’s PLACE theme. The production will take place on a man-made island of trash.

Janet Gupton, associate professor of Theatre Arts as well as the show’s director said,  “This exciting and daunting idea of putting sustainability to work on a micro-level through our theatre program will hopefully resonate … as we search for ways to rethink our usage of materials and natural resources.”

Auditions for “The Tempest” will be held on Sept. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Theater.

The goal of this season’s productions are to “further our commitment to promoting discussion of the human condition and social justice through theatre,” Marshall said.