In Dialogue Events include our series of lectures, pre-show talks, post-show discussions and concerts, as well as community events and other exciting programming, all of which explore the featured writer’s world. Through our In Dialogue programming, we extend the event of a Profile production beyond the bounds of what is onstage, bringing the community together for exciting, provocative and inspiring experiences.

 

Events for Water by the Spoonful

Friday, November 3rd:
Opening Night Toast | Post-Show
Join us immediately following the opening performance of Water by the Spoonful for a toast to the launch of the Rep Production.  Wine provided by 2017 Wine Sponsor Wildwood/Mahonia.
Alder Lobby

Sunday, November 5th:
Jamie Rea: Changeover Observation | Post-Show
Production Manager Jamie Rea will describe the scenic changeover from Water by the Spoonful to The Happiest Song Plays Last as it is happening in front of you, and will answer questions about the collaborative design process for this project.
Alder Stage

Wednesday, November 8th:
Ian O’Loughlin: Brains, minds, and the science of addiction  | 6:55pm
Addiction lies at the intersection of brain chemistry, human behaviors, environments, and cultural forces.  It is hard to imagine a more complex and multidisciplinary phenomenon to study, but a number of recent and striking studies in cognitive science, social psychology, and neuroanatomy have provided us with tools that can help us to understand its nature, showing how the individual who faces addiction is situated in a complex tangle of habits, neurotransmitters, external cues, and social structures.  Recognizing the addict as cognitively situated in this way may help us to confront and engage with the forces of addiction as they are encountered in the world.

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 courses 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 cognitive bias.
Mezzanine

Friday, November 10th:
Sean Davis: Art Heals the Soul | 6:55pm
Sean Davis, army veteran and military consultant for Profile on all three plays of the Elliot Trilogy, engages in a short talk about how art brings community together and how that is, “more important now than ever before in my lifetime.”

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights  award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the Lidia Yuknavitch’s TED Talk Book The Misfit Manifesto, Forest Avenue Press anthologyCity of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.
Mezzanine

Saturday, November 11th:
Jamie Rea: Changeover Observation | Post-Show
Production Manager Jamie Rea will describe the scenic changeover from Water by the Spoonful to The Happiest Song Plays Last as it is happening in front of you, and will answer questions about the collaborative design process for this project.
Alder Stage

Thursday, November 16th:
Adrian Baxter*| 6:55pm

Saxophonist Adrian Baxter will tune our ears to the harmonies and dissonances of jazz – a central stylistic and structural theme in Water by the Spoonful – by performing three improvisations inspired by the five stages of loss.

Adrian P. Baxter learned the entrance requirements for the classical performance program at U of O from Carl Woideck, author of “Charlie Parker: His Music and Life”, during his first year of college at Lane Community College. He then attended the University of Oregon. He dropped out of college to join “The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies”, unable to attend school with a heavy touring schedule, and remained with the band through their “Big City Muscle Car”, and “Kids on the Street” albums which were re-compiled with new material in what would later become the platinum “Zuit Suit Riot” Album. He returned to school, played in local bands, worked part time as a bartender, studied theory and jazz performance under Steve Owen, arranging under Garry Versace, and earned a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Jazz Studies. Now based in Portland, OR, transcribing, arranging, and performing with several local artists, and teaching for M.U.S.E.. He has also enjoyed performing with Les McCann, Tito Puente Jr., Melcochita, Yolanda Del Rio, Ramsey Embick, Mel Brown, Andre St. James, Dr. Freddy Vilches, Mariachi Viva Mexico, and many local Portland artists.
Alder Lobby

Saturday, November 18th:
Mat Chat with the cast of  Water by the Spoonful | Post-show
Alder Stage

Events for The Happiest Song Plays Last

Saturday, November 4th:
Opening Night Reception | Post-Show
Join us immediately following the performance for nibbles, drinks and music.  Catering provided by 2017 Season Partner Pambiche.
Morrison Lobby

Sunday, November 5th:
The Day’s Mail by Quiara Alegría Hudes* | 6:55pm
Enjoy a reading of this short piece by our featured playwright, directed by Ashlin Hatch who is serving as the Assistant Director on both of the Rep productions.
Mezzanine

Thursday, November 9th:
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner: Art and Activism* | 6:55pm
Quiara Alegría Hudes unites music and poetry to stage her unique vision of communities in transition. Daniel recently interviewed Quiara about her musical training and theatrical influences; in this talk, he’ll discuss the dramatic and political roles that Bach, jazz, and Puerto Rican folk music play in the Elliot trilogy.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner holds the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Linfield College, where he teaches courses in literary history, drama, and gender studies. A Portland native, he received his B.A. in History from Yale and his Ph.D. in English from Harvard. His articles on Shakespeare and contemporary culture have recently appeared in The New YorkerSlate, and The New York Times. A frequent speaker at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project and a consulting scholar for Age and Gender Equity in the Arts.
Mezzanine

Saturday, November 11th:
Dr. Lindsay Benstead: Understanding the Arab Spring* | 6:55pm
Lindsay Benstead will discuss common myths surrounding the Arab spring, which shook the Arab world beginning with Tunisia in December 2010. Among these myths are that the seeds of change began only in the 2000s, or that the “Arab spring” has failed.

Lindsay J. Benstead is Associate Professor of Political Science at Portland State University, Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University, and Affiliated Scholar in the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg and Yale University. She has conducted surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Jordan and contributes to the Transitional Governance Project. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and served as doctoral fellow at Yale University, post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University, and Kuwait Visiting Professor at SciencesPo in Paris.
Mezzanine

Sunday, November 12th:
Mat Chat with the cast of  The Happiest Song Plays Last | Post-show
Alder Stage

Friday, November 17th:
The Day’s Mail by Quiara Alegría Hudes* | 6:55pm
Enjoy a reading of this short piece by our featured playwright, directed by Ashlin Hatch who is serving as the Assistant Director on both of the Rep productions.
Mezzanine

Saturday, November 18th:
Dr. Erin Spottswood: How Technology Fulfills Our Need for Communication and Connection | 6:55pm
Dr. Spotswood’s research interests focus on 1) how subtle cues embedded in online environments influence interpersonal communication dynamics, and 2) how the concepts of identity and face are crucial to understanding these dynamics on social media sites. Subtle features of online environments can play an important and at times unconscious role in social dynamics, from perceptions of the self and other to interpersonal behaviors and social norms. The goal of her research program is to examine how online environments reinforce or challenge traditional theories on interpersonal dynamics to advance our understanding of how communication technology transforms interpersonal perceptions and communication behavior.
Mezzanine

(*): These In Dialogue events are one aspect of Profile’s commitment to engaging with our community in conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion, and are a part of our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

To see past In Dialogue Events, go here.