Dates of run: January 9 – February 3, 2013
Directed by: Adriana Baer
Featuring: David Bodin, Eileen DeSandre* and Amanda Soden*

“Artistic director’s debut is radiant…” – The Oregonian
“Profile’s ‘Mecca’ is ultimately a rewarding trip” – Oregon ArtsWatch

Miss Helen, an eccentric widow and sculptor, lives alone in a small village in the Karoo desert. When Reverend Marius argues for moving her into an old age home for her own safety, Miss Helen questions whether to give up, give in, or go on. She summons the only person she trusts: Elsa, a young schoolteacher who loses her footing while taking aim at society’s treatment of the elderly and of those who do not conform. Birth, death, and what comes next are brought under examination as the artist courageously asks: What is true faith?

Design and Production: Kaye Blankenship, Jessica Bobillot, Kristeen Crosser, Sara Ludeman, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Sharath Patel, Demetri Pavlatos, Alan Schwanke, Amanda Soden, Brent Sullivan and D. Westerholm

Supplemental Programming:

  • 1/13: Mat Chat with Production Team
  • 1/25: Featuring Katy Liljeholm, Artistic Director of Well Arts, an arts-in-medicine nonprofit theatre company that creates and produces performances with people living with physical/mental illness and other big life changes, in conversation with senior participants from their Voices of Our Elders program
  • 1/27: Featuring Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Geriatrics at OHSU
  • Sign interpreted performance January 17.


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*Member Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.