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Still Life: Scenes From a Faraway Nearby - with Megan Cole

  • Cerimon House 5131 NE 23rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97211 USA (map)

The question of when, or whether, to remove a ventilator tube from a catastrophically injured patient is a crucial and timely issue in medical care. Who gets to make the determination of when a life should end? And where is the patient’s voice in this epic discussion when that voice is silenced by the presence of the ventilator itself?

Is life at any price a viable option for those who wish to live passionately? And what is a life that is worth living? These are some of the important questions that arise in Still Life: Scenes From a Faraway Nearby, a staged reading of the beautifully written story Nighthawks by Carolyn Barbier, a nurse who wrote this piece “as a voice for those whose freedom to choose is not secure”.

Megan Cole is a professional stage actor [Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, among many other regional repertory theaters & festivals] and TV actor [Star Trek, Seinfeld, ER, and more] who develops performances and lectures for healthcare venues, with an emphasis on palliative and end-of life-care issues, and conversations centered on what will make our care of patients more informed and compassionate.

Suggested Donation: $20, sliding scale at the door
To purchase tickets, please visit Brown Paper Tickets.

A talk-back will take place featuring Ms. Cole along with Matt Whittaker the Executive Director of Oregon Compassion & Choices, and Dr. Peter Reagan, MD, a retired family physician.

This event was made possible thanks to generous support from the Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation. Thank you.

This event will also feature live music by celtic harpists Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter (


Earlier Event: April 22
Gathering of Cascadians
Later Event: April 28
Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter Live