​​​​September 26, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Clinton Street Theater

2522 SE Clinton St.
Portland, Oregon









    Past Performances


    May 7, 2017

    Portland Abbey Arts, Oregon. Made possible by a grant from

    North Portland Neighborhood Services and presented by 

    Hollywood Senior Center.


    April 6, 2017

    18th Avenue Peace House, Portland, Oregon. Continuing

    education and quarterly meeting of the Northwest Association

    for Death Education and Bereavement Support. 1.5 Social Work CEUs

    approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


    ​February 14, 2016
    Art Haus Theater at Milepost 5, Portland, Oregon

    In celebration of Valentine's Day!
    Followed by optional opportunities for discussion
    or creative reflection using simple art materials.

    Ticket holders received a special discount to

    Verdigris Restaurant in Portland.
    Sponsored by Artists' Milepost / Art Haus.


    December 6, 2015
    Art Haus Theater at Milepost 5, Portland, Oregon
    Sponsored by Artists' Milepost / Art Haus

    Following the performance:

    Death Cafe: informal conversation about

    any aspect of end-of-life.


    November 12, 2015
    Q Center, Portland, Oregon
    Sponsored by Oregon AARP and Multnomah County

    Family Caregiver Support Program, with discussion

    facilitated by Carol Blanusa, Volunteer Coordinator

    of Legacy Hopewell House Hospice. 


    November 5, 2015
    Hillsboro Public Library, Oregon
    Sponsored by Compassion & Choices and Hillsboro Public Library,

    with discussion facilitated by Matt Whitaker,

    State Director of Compassion & Choices.


    November 1, 2015
    Art Haus Theater at Milepost 5, Portland, Oregon
    Sponsored by Artists' Milepost / Art Haus.
    Following the performance:
    Death Cafe: informal conversation about

    any aspect of end-of-life.


    August 27, 2015
    Q Center, Portland, Oregon
    A special performance filmed through a grant from

    Portland's Regional Arts & Culture Council. Open to the public.


    April 30, 2015
    The Portland Building Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
    Co-sponsored by Prism, the LGBT Employee Resource Group

    of Multnomah County, and LGBTQ and Friends,

    the Employee Affinity Group for the City of Portland.  Open to the public.


    November 16, 2014
    Congregation Kol Ami, Vancouver, Washington
    An afternoon performance at this Reform synagogue, open to the public.


    September 25, 2014
    Columbia Ecovillage, Portland, Oregon
    A private performance for this co-housing community with

    specially-invited health care and social services professionals.


    May 25, 2014
    First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon
    Presented as the introduction to a Death Cafe that included opportunities

    for quiet contemplation, a labyrinth, creative expression

    and conversation following the piece.


    April 13, 2014
    Q Center, Portland, Oregon
    Sponsored by Q Center's Program, *eRa* --  Encouraging Respect for Aging


    March 23, 2014
    Integrated Healing Studio, Portland, Oregon
    A performance at a progressive center for yoga therapy, coaching and education to support healing and positive life change. Post-performance discussion facilitated by Don Tarbutton, MHS, Chaplain at Legacy Hospice and Peggy McComb, RN, clinical faculty at University of Portland, OR.


    October 20, 2013
    Private Home, Bedminster, New Jersey
    Performances for private gatherings are available.
    Please contact the author for more information.


    July 14, 2013
    Chautauqua-by-the-Sea, Ocean Park, Maine
    Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation Hospice Fund.

    Co-sponsored by Cancer Care Center of York County, The Center for Grieving Children,

    and Hospice of Southern Maine.


    April 8, 2013
    The Community School, New Gloucester, Maine

    Funded in part by the JSL Foundation 


    March 7, 2013
    Auburn Public Library, Auburn, Maine
    A performance for students at Edward Little High School and the general public.

    Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Humanities Council,

    a private non-profit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Co-sponsorsed by Auburn Public Library, Beacon Hospice, Edward Little High School, and L/A Arts.


    November 15, 2012
    University  of New England, Portland, Maine
    Made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.
    Co-sponsored by Cancer Community Center, The Center for Grieving Children,
    Hospice of Southern Maine, and University of New England/IPEC.


    October 11, 2012
    University of Maine, Augusta
    at the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine
    Sponsored by the UMA College of Arts & Sciences, Cultural Events Committee,
    Nursing Program, and the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine.


    September 29, 2012
    University of Southern Maine, Gorham
    Sponsored by USM Theatre Department.


    May 10, 2012
    Rockland Public Library, Rockland, Maine
    Sponsored by Rockland Public Library.


    April 27, 2012
    The New England Consortium on Life Stories,
    University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
    Sponsored by the JSL Foundation


    March 16, 2012
    Congregation Bet Ha'am, South Portland, Maine
    Sponsored by the JSL Foundation and the
    Bet Ha'am Social Action Committee


    February 22, 2012
    University of New England, Portland, Maine
    Sponsored by InterProfessional Education Collaborative (IPEC),
    ADD VERB Productions, Multicultural & Diversity Services (MDS).


    November 14, 2011
    Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Sponsored by the Cambridge Men's Group.


    October 19, 2011
    University of Maine, Orono
    Co-sponsored by Center on Aging, Communication and Journalism Department,

    Education and Human Development, Employee Assistance Program, Psychology Department,

    School of Nursing, School of Performing Arts, and School of Social Work.


    June 23, 2011
    High Street Congregational Church, Auburn, Maine
    Sponsored by JSL Foundation; in association with GLAD,

    Boston, Massachusetts


    June 17, 2011
    Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Augusta, Maine
    Sponsored by JSL Foundation; in association with GLAD,

    Boston, Massachusetts


    April 13, 2011
    University of Southern Maine, Portland
    Co-sponsored by the USM School of Nursing,

    the American Association of Critical Care Nurses,

    and the Simmons College Graduate Program
    in Primary Health Care Nursing, Boston.


    February 21, 2011
    Private Home, Topsham, Maine


    January 22, 2011
    First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church,
    Portland, Maine


    November 12, 2010
    Private Home, Falmouth, Maine


    June 12, 2010
    Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, Maine


    May 5, 2010
    Private Home, Portland, Maine


    January 22, 2010
    Private Home, Gorham, Maine


    October 17, 2009
    Private Home, Brunswick, Maine



    Admission is free. A special live performance presented​ by Death Talk Goes to the Movies. Followed by audience discussion with the author/performer and highly-experienced panelists focusing on building community, end-of-life care, choice in dying, life after loss and the support of same-gender marriage. Made possible in part through funding from the City of Portland and SE Uplift's Neighborhood Small Grants Program.

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    Stay tuned as performances of A Finished Heart are coordinated with building empathy and compassion among professionals, students, and community groups. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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    A Finished Heart

    Inspiring Life and Love