In Dialogue Staged Readings include new and contemporary plays in conversation with Quiara Alegría Hudes body of work, as well as readings of Hudes plays not included in our Main Stage season.

Tickets to In Dialogue Readings are free as part of Profile’s ongoing efforts to make quality theatre available to all members of our community.



Check back for the 2018-19 Lisa Kron/Anna Deavere Smith season!


The 2017 Readings Were:

awe/struck by christopher oscar peña
Directed by Josh Hecht

Monday May 15 & Tuesday May 16
Milagro Theatre

Twenty-one-year-old Denia arrives in Chicago, looking to create a place for herself in this unfamiliar country. Monique’s never left Chicago but feels more and more like a stranger in her own home. A chance encounter between them transforms their lives forever in this wildly theatrical new play about identity and perception.

Originally commissioned by The Goodman Theater. Developed at the Sundance Institute and at the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York

Following the readings we hosted a post-show conversations between our special invited guests and Profile’s Artistic Director Josh Hecht, about issues that lay not only at the heart of awe/struck, but are deeply relevant to our Portland community as a whole.

Monday, May 15th: Jimena Alvarado, Women’s Studies Professor at Portland Community College
Tuesday, May 16th: Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, Policy & Civic Engagement Manager at Latino Network


Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl
Directed by Tamara Carroll

Monday July 17 and Tuesday July 18

Vietnam vet Julius suffers the toxic effects of Agent Orange. His youngest child Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship. Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, in an attempt to forge a bond of recognition with Nut’s father before it’s too late.

Orange Julius was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and La Jolla’s DNA festival of new work, and was produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and P73 in New York. Kreimendahl received an MFA from the Iowa Writers Conference and has been commissioned and produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others.