Special Events

Twelfth Night – Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedies. A desperate shipwreck in a faraway land launches a mirthful and thoroughly dreamlike tale of mischief and disorder, disguises and deceptions, fantasies and desires, and ultimate revelations of truth and identity. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Twelfth Night is inspired by early 20th century Blues and Jazz greats like Bessie Smith. As an IASD conference attendee, you may attend this production with our group outdoors under the stars in the Elizabethan Theatre. After dinner downtown and a free Greenshow “on the bricks” of OSF, we will experience this bluesy, jazzy version of Twelfth Night under a sky that starts out light blue and slowly shifts to deep indigo by the end of the play. Sound dreamy?

OSF Green Show:

Radio8Ball: The Pop Oracle

Andras Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist (writer, musician, actor, producer) who has brought his many fields of endeavor together in an interactive performance format he calls Radio8Ball. Participants “consult The Pop Oracle” by asking questions which are answered by picking songs at random. The songs are performed live by the guest songwriter and interpreted…like communal dreams.

At our conference Andras Jones will be presenting a Radio8Ball show as a keynote on June 19th with guest singer songwriter, Bart Davenport. There will be a few scheduled guests who will ask questions to The Pop Oracle but several of our participants will be chosen at random from the crowd so you might end up being the star of the show. What’s your question for The Pop Oracle?

This synchronistic format, which Andras has been presenting on radio, live stages, podcasts, in classrooms and at conferences since 1998, draws inspiration from dream seminars his father, Richard M. Jones, led at colleges and universities like Evergreen, Cornell, UC Santa Cruz, Brandeis and Harvard and wrote about in books like “The Dream Poet”, “The New Psychology of Dreaming” & “Experiment At Evergreen”.

The Dream Telepathy Contest

The Dream Telepathy Contest, a tradition at IASD’s conferences, is inspired by the experiments which Drs. Montague Ullman and Stanley Krippner conducted at the Maimonides Medical Center and reported in their book, Dream Telepathy: Experiments in Nocturnal ESP. Conference attendees will find an entry form in their bags and are welcome to gather for instructions on Monday evening (9:45 June 19). Their objective: to dream of a target picture which a volunteer “sender” will try to telepathically broadcast overnight. After retiring with the intention of dreaming of the target picture, contest participants record their dreams the next day and place them in a box at the information desk. Contest committee members then review the entries and evaluate how close each came to the target picture. The most successful dreamers will be announced at the Dream Ball.

Costume Dream Ball

On the last evening of the IASD conference, it’s time to spend some timeless hours in a shared space where dreams come alive in waking life! Costumes are not mandatory, but you are encouraged to take this chance to dress up like an image or element from your dreams and dance the night away. 

Our entertainment for the ball will be The Rogue Suspects, Southern Oregon’s premier musical act for over 20 years. Members of the ensemble represent the region’s top vocal performers, music directors, actors, dancers, and musicians. All are very well known for their extraordinary performances and contributions to the Southern Oregon performing arts community, individually and collectively. 

Start thinking now about your costume! There will be a dream costume parade that begins at 8:15 pm. You will have 1 minute to present how your costume relates to your dream (2 minutes for groups). We hope you will enjoy this dream community celebration and magical conclusion to the conference!

Where to get great costumes in Ashland:

Renaissance Rose Costume Shop

258 A St, Ashland, OR 97520



from the Dream Ball Committee and Diversity Task Force Advisory Committee (DAC)

PLEASE NOTE: Cultural Appreciation

If your dreams are diversely populated, that’s a beautiful thing. However, IASD members sharing the dance floor will appreciate your awareness that cultural and/or racial appropriation is harmful to other people in waking life. 

The IASD Principles of Community statement says we value “Diversity: A constructive educational environment for participants at conferences and other activities, that welcomes the multiplicity of different approaches to dream studies, and strives to create an open, inclusive atmosphere of mutual respect.” We hope you enjoy exploring the multiplicity of creative possibilities for dream costumes that won’t offend other members.

The IASD Principles of Community also says we value “Dignity: Fairness, respect, and individual dignity. The promotion of a safe environment that is free from any type of harassment or abuse…” If your dream costume idea might target someone else’s religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex, sexual orientation or personal identity, then it’s best to dream up a new dream costume idea.

Thank you for helping create a safe space for our dream ball to be a great success!

Here’s some valuable information that might help you decide what not to wear: 

If you have questions, you can email the Diversity Task Force Advisory

Committee: diversityresponse@asdreams.org