In Dialogue Events: Bright Half Life
Saturday, October 29th:
Opening Night Reception | Post-Show
Join us immediately following the performance for nibbles, drinks and music.
Sunday, October 30th:
Mat Chat* with Bright Half Life director Rebecca Lingafelter | Post-show
Wednesday, November 2nd:
Mat Chat* with the Cast of Bright Half Life | Post-show
Thursday, November 3rd:
Metropolitan Learning Center Student Presentation | 6:55pm
Quiara Alegría Hudes’ dynamic play Water By the Spoonful touches on many human themes, from grief and family to addiction and redemption. Students in the Theatre Arts class at MLC (Tanya Barfield’s alma mater and a Profile education partner for 15 years) have explored this play and created original stories, in their own words, about how these things came into the world. The students will present a sampling of these stories in a short performance.
Friday, November 4th:
Julie Jeske, LPC: Love, Intimacy and Desire in Long Term Relationships | 6:55pm
Julie Jeske, LPC is a sex and relationship counselor. She has a private practice where she helps people feel more passion, pleasure and joy in their lives and in their relationships. She teaches the Human Sexuality class for the Graduate Program in Counseling at Portland State University. She is a frequent contributor for online articles, magazine articles and TV segments. She also offers online classes in sexuality, self-love and intimacy. You can learn more about her practice at www.juliejeske.com
Saturday, November 5th:
Lauren Bloom Hanover: Looking Back on a Year of Tanya Barfield | 6:55pm
Interim Artistic Director Lauren Bloom Hanover discusses what it has been like to spend a year with Tanya Barfield and her plays. She will explore how Bright Half Life embodies many of the themes that are central to Tanya’s unique artistic voice, and how the piece fits into the greater context of Tanya’s body of work.
Sunday, November 6th:
Mat Chat* with the Cast of Bright Half Life | Post-show
Wednesday, November 9th:
Miranda Hardy: Designing the Lights for Bright Half Life | 6:55pm
Miranda is a Lighting Designer based in Portland. Previously with Profile she lit Master Harold and the Boys. She is an associate company member with PETE (Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble) designing lights for R3 [Drammy Award], The Three Sisters, All Well, or, the whale, and Procedures For Saying No, designing scenery and lights for Song of the Dodo and Drowned Horse Tavern. Miranda has worked extensively in New York City, as well as nationally and internationally including four seasons as the resident Lighting Designer at Festival Di Due Mondi (Spoleto, IT). Miranda holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.
Thursday, November 10th:
Professor Ian O’Loughlin: The Science of Memory | 6:55pm
The sciences of memory have recently demonstrated that our pasts are constructed through remembering, that memory is an essentially generative process. We construct these narratives of our lived pasts through the lens of the present, but we also experience the present as a function of our pasts. Although this interdependence among temporal modes may seem paradoxical, it is resolved through the plasticity of our stories and storytelling: as persons, our selves are fundamentally narrative, and these narratives are always in development, and are always already being worked and reworked, both by us and by those close to us.
Ian O’Loughlin earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of cognitive science at the University of Iowa, and is now a faculty member in the philosophy department at Pacific University, where he teaches classes on the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of science, language and logic, and artificial intelligence. He has presented and published work on the cognitive science of memory, learning and education, self-knowledge, and implicit bias.
Friday, November 11th:
Joli St. Patrick, Spoken Word Artist:Unchosen Family | 6:55pm
Who are we? Who gets to define us? Is it ever too late to start from scratch? Can the traumatized form functional community without reenacting our own abuse? Through a series of spoken word pieces interspersed with informal narrative, Joli explores what it means to reform the self outside the coercive definitions of social convention.
Joli St. Patrick is a queer slam poet, parent, demigirl and witch. She can be found in Portland, OR missing buses, kissing cuties, healing trauma, and unpacking her trans experience through writing and performance. In 2014 she self-published her first chapbook, Learning Curves, and her writing has been featured in The Body is Not an Apology, Voicemail Poems, the anthology Poems for the Queer Revolution, and her own channel Gently Press Poetry on Soundcloud and Youtube.
Saturday, November 12th:
Angela Davise | 6:55pm
We are welcoming Ms. Davise back, after her wonderful pre-show performance during Antigone Project. She will be singing songs of love gained, love lost and love hoped for. Having gone through many cracks and valleys with her quest for love in her own life, she has healed many of the pains associated with that quest through songwriting, all of which has allowed her to truly understand herself and her needs in a love relationship, not settling to suffer for a counterfeit affair.
Angela Davise, Georgia born, California Grown, Portland Grounded, started her journey with musical expression several years ago. From the time she was a child she searched for outlets to release the emotional depth of her heart through the expression of, poetry, art, and dance.
(*): The Mat Chats for Bright Half Life are dedicated to the memory of Profile’s former Board Treasurer, Mayer Schwartz. More information coming soon on Mayer, his service and where donations can be made in his memory.