The Anxious Seat: Pacific Identity Project

Oct 12, 2012, 7:30 PM
Tom Miles Theatre

Student Ethan Dung. Photo by Mark Fukui.

Sneak preview of the original Pacific University theatre performance

The Pacific University Theatre Department offers a Family Weekend sneak preview of its new production, The Anxious Seat: Pacific Identity Project. Watch the performance and then join us for a reception in the lobby to meet the actors, special guest artist Jessica Wallenfels, the shows student creators and the theatre faculty.

The full run of the show continues the following week, with 7:30 p.m. shows Oct. 18, 19 and 20, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 21. Tickets will be available at the door.

Part ethnic exploration, part song-and-dance show, entirely new, The Anxious Seat: Pacific Identity Project investigates issues of culture, race and identity, melding the rich history of Pacific University with genuine experiences of students today. Built from the ground up right here on campus, The Anxious Seat: Pacific Identity Project is a one-of-a-kind production devised by and for the Pacific student body, a cooperative work tailored specifically to the diverse group of actors who make up the cast. 

Award-winning director and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels says of The Anxious Seat: Pacific Identity Project: “I have been working on this line of questioning…my whole life.” Her experiences at Pacific have been both eye-opening and rewarding, she says. “Every process is different,” Wallenfels says, and Pacific’s “holistic perspective [emphasizing] service and sustainability” have added exciting new dimensions to her art. Wallenfels has produced original works in New York and Los Angeles with her company, Many Hats Collaboration, and has choreographed numerous shows for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, from Romeo and Juliet to Dead Man’s Cell Phone. She has worked on several Portland productions, including Twelfth Night (Portland Center Stage) and Distracted (Artist’s Repertory Theatre), as well as Dancing at Lughnasa  (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Sometimes a Great Notion, The 39 Steps, and many others. Two-time winner of the Drammy Award for Outstanding Choreography, Wallenfels has also directed at Portland Community College and Willamette University. 

Posted by Curtis Ray ( on Sep 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett ( on Oct 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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