Linfield Theater to showcase four short plays

Cassandra Martinez, Staff Writer

The Linfield Theater will present four unconventional short plays by Lauren Gunderson in “An Evening of Short Plays.”

Douglas Soderberg, ‘79, is the director and teaches beginning acting at Linfield.

The plays are “Damsel and Distress Go to a Party,” “Or Not,” “Two Chairs” and “Two Pigeons Talk Politics.”  

The first play, “Damsel and Distress Go to a Party,” is about three women getting ready for a party and encountering crushing societal beauty standards.

“DamselFace” is played by Savannah Morton, ‘21, “LadyFace” is played by Adele Stireman, ‘21,  and “DistressFace” is played by Jennifer Furrow, ‘20.

Morton said that she hopes the audience will laugh but also reflect on the deeper meaning of the play.

The second play, “Or Not,” is about the possible aftermath of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

In this version, Horatio, played by Koa Tomich, ‘21, is interrogated about the murders by a mysterious officer, played by Robert Santos, ‘21.

“Two Chairs” is about a boy and a girl who grew up together and ultimately need to decide whether they love or hate each other. Jake is played by Nathan Dillon, ‘20, and Gretchen is played by Elise Martin, ‘20.

The last play is “Two Pigeons Talk Politics,” which focuses on two pigeons in New York City discussing the current world situation.

Gary is played by Christina Godinez,’18, and Paul is played by Claire Hamada, ‘20.

“We kind of played with the idea of being pigeons by embodying the characteristics of what pigeons do. We did research and look[ed] up videos of pigeons moving around and it’s interesting, to say the least, to play a bird,” Godinez said.

Opening night is Sept. 21 and the plays will run for two nights. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Student tickets are $3 on opening night, $5 on other performance days, and adults are $10.