Current Season 2019

Held at The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

APRIL 16TH :: The Future is Fluid
Tuesday 7pm
FREE

MAY 21ST :: Displaced/Detained/Discovered
One Street Performer’s Journey into the 
Unheard, Unseen, & Undiscovered  
Date:    Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7PM – 9PM (Doors open 6:30pm)
Cost:    Admission is FREE and all are welcome. Donations at the door support We Can Listen
Seating is limited – RSVP recommended: Eventbrite.com

This is the true story of one street performer’s journey through the streets of Nigeria, Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and back to Portland, told through the words of the people living on those streets. Armed with only a violin and a guitar to soothe the world’s displaced, and ultimately herself, she asks the question: “How do you navigate a world in which you must close your eyes in order to stay sane?” In the end, she discovers the silent voices of Latina mothers behind the locked doors of ICE buildings, in the form of handwritten letters brought to life on the stage. Several Portland area homeless support organizations will be present at the event to guide compassionate audience members into action.

This work made possible by a grant from the SAMUEL LAWRENCE FOUNDATION.

Described by Bruce Weber of the New York Times as “capable of astonishing transformations,” Eliza Jane Schneider (South Park, Beakman’s World) is an award-winning actress, playwright, dialect coach, producer, musician, and activist, living in Portland. During her 20-year journey traveling the world as a street musician and dialect researcher, her role evolved into that of an independent grass-roots journalist. She shared space with, broke bread with and, ultimately, tape-recorded the unique and powerful stories of abandoned, mistreated and, often, triumphant human beings living in the streets of our planet’s wealthiest and poorest cities. This year, settled at home in Portland, after 25 years, 13 countries, and 7,000 interviews, just 20 feet from where she enters the freeway every Thursday, she discovers the powerful silent voices of immigrant mothers, dying to be heard, and brings their words to the stage.

Bruce Hostetler has been a working director/playwright/producer for over 30 years. His play Feral, created from interviews with over 600 people living homeless in Portland, sold out it’s Portland run. Bruce is the Artistic Director of CompassWorks, a Portland theatre company focused on illuminating untold stories through work based on interviews.

Marc Jolin, Director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services
The Joint Office of Homeless Services was established in 2016 to oversee the delivery of services to people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. The office represents a shared commitment between Multnomah County and the City of Portland to making services easier to access for those in need.

The Joint Office of Homeless Services, among other things, administers contracts for services, conducts homeless street counts and one-night shelter counts, manages systems of care, oversees system reporting and evaluation, and writes proposals to and monitor funds issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program. Please learn more about their community-wide effort to address homelessness, A Home for Everyone, at ahomeforeveryone.net.

Chanpone Sinlapasai, Past American Immigration Lawyers Association (ALLA); Co-liaison for Immigration Custom’s Enforcement (ICE), is a partner with Marandas Sinlapasai, P.C. She represents clients regarding general immigration law matters including humanitarian relief, victims’ rights, visas, citizenship issues, consular processing, deportation defense and appeals. Ms. Sinlapasai focuses her practice in assisting children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, and individuals who are survivors of domestic violence, serious crime, and human trafficking. She collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and advocates to assist survivors of crime and to protect their victims’ rights through the criminal, civil, and immigration systems.

Ms. Sinlapasai received her J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, in 2002 and is a member of the Cornelius Honor Society. She earned her B.A. (English & Philosophy), from Santa Clara University, 1998. Ms. Sinlapasai is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Oregon and currently serves as a Chairwomen for the Oregon Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA). Ms. Sinlapasai was the past AILA co-liaison for Immigration Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) and pro-bono program.

Moderated by Grammy-nominated local recording artist and theatrical performer, Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss, each We Can Listen event explores a topic of current, social, political, or environmental importance in an atmosphere of trust and respect for both speakers and audience alike.