Current Public Programs

Freud’s Oracle: A Play Based on the Life of H.D.
December 3, 2016
7:00pm - 9:00pm

$15 Students, alumni, and senior citizens
$20 General admission
$25 General admission
(at the door)

For more information or to register by phone, call the External Affairs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 124
Freud’s Oracle: A Play Based on the Life of H.D.
Written and performed by Catherine Ann Jones
at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus
Freud’s Oracle, written and performed by award-winning actor- playwright Catherine Ann Jones, is a one-person play about the American poet, H.D. and her relationship with Sigmund Freud. H. D. suffered great personal losses and a nervous breakdown due to the Great War and became Freud’s patient in 1933 due to an increasing paranoia about the rise of Hitler and the fear and certainty that another War was coming. H. D. with others finally persuaded Freud to leave Vienna and re-locate to London during Hitler’s reign. The themes are the travesty of war and the triumph of the individual spirit.
Catherine Ann JonesCatherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. After playing major roles in over fifty plays on and off-Broadway, she became disappointed by the lack of good roles for women and wrote a play, On the Edge, about Virginia Woolf and her struggle with madness in a world gone mad, Hitler and WWII. The play won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Thirteen of her plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical),The Women of Cedar Creek, and Freud’s Oracle, have won multiple awards and are produced both in and out of New York. Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and the Omega Institutes. Her books, The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing, Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award 2014), &  What Story Are You Living? are used in many schools, including New York University writing programs. Her latest publication is Freud’s Oracle, a 1-woman play which has had three productions to date. Based in Ojai, California, she leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing, workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. For online courses, blog, workshop schedule,  keynote talks, and writing consultant services please visit

General Information



Space is Limited! Register Early! To register, submit the form on the webpage or call the External Affairs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 124. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receiving your registration.


Ticketing for this event is nonrefundable


The program will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane Santa Barbara, CA.


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