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WORLD PREMIERES   

 

Fertile Ground is ecstatic to offer festival-goers this group of Portland-generated, world premiere projects! These shows are fully formed and ready for the stage, for audience members to have a world premiere theatrical experience. In many cases, this means with technical support and design (light, sound, set, props) and in a theatre. In some cases, fully formed means that the producer/creator has developed a new show just as they want it for a public performance. Some of these shows have performance dates that extend beyond the festival weekends -- check listings for complete run dates and try to catch them all.

  • SPECTRE Productions in association with triangle productions! presents

    4x4=Musicals

    by Bryce Earhart, Diane Englert, William S. Gregory, Wayne Harrel, Mark LaPierre, Valory Lawrence, Paul Lewis, Kurt Misar, Eric Nordin, Jen Raynak, Wendy Wallace

    Musical Theatre

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    SPECTRE Productions in association with triangle productions! presents

    4x4=Musicals

    by Bryce Earhart, Diane Englert, William S. Gregory, Wayne Harrel, Mark LaPierre, Valory Lawrence, Paul Lewis, Kurt Misar, Eric Nordin, Jen Raynak, Wendy Wallace

     

    directed by Diane Englert & Jamie M. Rea

    music directed by Eric Nordin

    choreography by Virginia Belt, Jamey Hampton, Lane Hunter, Sara Martins, Megan Misslin, Cherie Price

     

    Venue:  The Sanctuary at triangle productions!

    1785 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97232

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 17 - 25

     

    Tickets:  $18-20; $15 Thursdays

     

    Honey, I shrunk the musicals!  Back for a third season of all new works, 4x4=Musicals has realized that producing musicals on a tiny 4-foot platform has become too easy. So this year, they all need to DANCE! That’s right! Seven brand new musicals will twirl and leap as well as sing. Pirates, Sheep, Mad Cattle, Claustrophobics and more come together to prove once again that less is more.

     

  • ALL CAPS Comedy presents

    ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s)

    curated by Scott Rogers

    Comedy

    World Premiere

     

    ALL CAPS Comedy presents

    ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s)

    curated by Scott Rogers

     

    Venue: The Jack London Bar

    529 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 26, 27, 28 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door

     

    ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s) brings its latest lineup of artists to the stage combining standup, commedia, movement, clown, puppetry, and one-person-sketch for the sole purpose of placing a character in the spotlight. Each performer inhabits a new character or fabricates a new take on an old character, creates a time, fills a space, tells a story and punctuates it with comedy. It’s an experiment that seeks answers to several questions. What happens when you take the trappings of standup comedy away from a comedian? How does a theatre artist navigate through setups and punch lines? Where do individual artists find common ground when these different performance styles start bumping up against one another?

     

  • Damaris Webb in association with Passin’ Art presents

    AMERICAN KING UMPS: A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

    by Don Wilson Glenn

    Theatre

    World Premiere

     

    Damaris Webb in association with Passin’ Art presents

    AMERICAN KING UMPS: A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

    by Don Wilson Glenn

     

    directed by Jaye Austin Williams

     

    Venue:  Ethos/IFCC

    5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland OR 97217

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7pm; Feb 2 @ 3pm

     

    Full Rull Dates: Jan 30 – Feb 16

     

    Tickets:  $20 general, $10 students & seniors

     

    Set during the Civil War on the King Cotton Plantation in West Texas, the story of American King Umps begins as the Master of the Plantation, fearing the oncoming of the Union Army, sells his large holding of slaves and and sets fire to the cotton fields. In the Master’s absence the slaves are left to govern themselves and define their own identities. King Umps is high comedy from beginning to end, a parody of Gone With the Wind and Comedy of Errors meets Roots. Incorporating the playwright’s Great-Great-Grandfather’s stories of slavery with mistaken identities, vaudeville and farce, this celebration of Juneteenth allows us, through humor, a deeper journey into the tragedy of slavery and a chance to reflect on how this chapter of the American Experience continues to impact us today.

     

  • Post5 Theatre presents

    Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Café

    by Elizabeth Huffman

    Theatre/Comedy

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Post5 Theatre presents

    Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Café

    by Elizabeth Huffman

     

    directed by Elizabeth Huffman, original compositions by Anderson Qunta

     

    Venue:  Post5 Theatre, Blackbox

    850 NE 81st Ave, Portland OR 97213

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Feb 1, 2 @ 7pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 23 - Feb 9

     

    Tickets:  $10

     

     

    We are thrilled to include a world premiere of a new comedy written and directed by Drammy Award-winning Director Elizabeth Huffman. Ms. Huffman created this new play by borrowing words and characters from the works of William Shakespeare for the 2014 Fertile Ground Festival. Set in a bar in New Orleans on Mardi Gras night, three pairs of lovers meet, drink, fight and love, all while the owner Ursula belts out sizzling Cajun blues for a wild night in the Shakespeare Café. With original music by Anderson Qunta you will not want to miss this new work!

  • Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

    Theatre/Music/Dance/Comedy

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

     

    directed by David Saffert

     

    choreography by TriptheDark Dance Company

     

    Venue:  Curious Comedy Theater

    5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 25, 31, Feb 1 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $12 advance, $15 at door

     

    Consider yourself cordially invited to David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza!  IV. In some parts of the world “IV” is a very unlucky number, but that's not going to stop me!  This variety show can't go wrong with all the piano and comedy I have in store.  Listen to these spectacular guests I've assembled!  My fancy musical theatre friend Sammuel Hawkins will join me on some bawdy songs from the late 1920’s.  Rumor has it he’s bringing a ukulele.  And I’ve got some exciting dancers from TriptheDark Dance Company who really know how to surprise an audience!  And we’ll be rounding out the evening with celebrities Truman Capote and Liza Minnelli. Wait... WHAT? As usual, if you don’t want your kids learning any new words or sexual positions, don’t bring ‘em.  Make this almost-39-year-old guy happy and come enjoy the show!

     

  • Theatre Vertigo presents

    End of Sex

    by Craig Jessen

    Theatre

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Theatre Vertigo presents

    End of Sex

    by Craig Jessen

     

    directed by Brandon Woolley

    Venue:  The Shoebox Theatre

    2110 SE 10th Ave, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm; Jan 26, Feb 2 @ 2pm; Feb 1 @ 4pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 17-Feb 15

     

    Tickets:  $20

    Purchase tickets online at www.theatrevertigo.org or 503.306.0870

     

    Pharmaceutical scientist Samantha Braddock has spent her life in the shadow of her grad school lab partner, who stole her research and claimed a patent that launched his career. Years later, while competing at the same company on a new product, she accidentally creates a drug that remaps sexual sensation. Sam is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, overshadowing her old rival. But as her professional life comes into bloom, her personal life unravels, and the repercussions of a drug that lets you have “sex without sex” begins to make wider ripples than she ever imagined possible. Theatre Vertigo presents the world premiere of Craig Jessen’s provocative comedy.

  • SubRosa Dance Collective presents

    Heirloom

    Dance with Film

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    SubRosa Dance Collective presents

    Heirloom

     

    Venue:  Clinton Street Theater

    2522 SE Clinton St, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 24, 25, 31; Feb 1 @ 7pm

    Tickets:  $7-$20 sliding scale at the door

     

    SubRosa Dance Collective presents the world premiere of Heirloom, a collection of works that emerged from leaping into the dynamic waters of family narratives and freeing untold stories within ancestry.  As ever, the Collective’s exploration into the tapestries of how we find ourselves in this world renders a performance that is poignant and amusing, sweetly familiar and satisfying.  Like suddenly breathing quietly into the attic of our family homes, the pieces of Heirloom speak to the layers of us that are uncovered, dusted off, opened up and examined.  Joining SubRosa at the Clinton Street Theater for Heirloom are The Paper Circus, a neo-vaudeville spectacle involving acrobatics, juggling and comedy; and dance work by Lindsey Matheis, dancer with Northwest Dance Project and an inspired and impassioned choreographer in her own right. Heirloom is where the memory of our Aunt’s mauve-coated lips is how we know our lips, where our Grandmother’s cradled regret is passed like an heirloom into our chests, where ritual was born, where we often go to make sense of who we are it is the place where nature, nurture and spirit tangle. The Collective teases out this place with movement that is full, intricate and as present as it is indicative of the past.

     

  • The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System presents

    “Live your future, today!”

    Theatre/Comedy

    World Premiere

     

    The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System presents

    “Live your future, today!”

     

    Venue: The Jack London Bar

    529 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 30, 31 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System is the brainchild of Portland comedy producers Josh Fisher and Wallace Fessler. Half satire, half homage, LanceLife digs deep into the beauty and absurdity of ‘can’t lose’ culture. In special inspirational presentations, Lance Banks and his acolytes guide audience members through all of life’s mazes, from health and nutrition, to finance, to the best way to find love (spoiler alert, it IS online.) In his latest presentation, “Live your future, today!”, Lance Banks has boiled the whole of human existence; the past, the present, the future, the future’s future, and music into the densest 60 minutes of learning and empowerment in history. Lance will show you how to present your present with the present of success by analyzing your past through the lens of the future. Lance Banks has helped millions worldwide learn to shed the old and inferior and replace it with the new and improved. Don’t doom yourself to repeating the past over and over again. Join The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be the “you” you’ve always dreamed you could be, by living your future today.

     

  • Down Boat Arts presents

    Middle Names

    by Corey O’Hara

    Theatre

    World Premiere

     

    Down Boat Arts presents

    Middle Names

    by Corey O’Hara

     

    directed by Nate Cohen

     

    Venue: Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton Street.

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 8pm

    Jan 26 and Feb 2 @2PM

     

    Full Run Dates: Jan 24 - Feb 8

    Tickets: $15, $10 Student

     

    Middle Names finds three relative strangers brought together by the death of a mutual friend. In a sweat-stained motel room in the middle of anywhere, Birchie, Ray and Eliot are forced to come to terms with their static young lives in the wake of tragedy. Drugs, desert heat, love affairs and fashion offenses drive them to gunshots and a deadly game of rock, paper, scissors. This language-based comedy-drama captures the contradictions between who you were raised to be and who you actually are. In this Shepardian wild ride, messes are made, language is mangled, and morality is blurred. The script was a national semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award in 2013. This production is the fourth collaborative effort between Playwright Corey O’Hara and Director Nate Cohen.

     

  • Hand2Mouth presents

    Pep Talk

    Created and performed by Hand2Mouth’s ensemble (Julie Hammond, Liz Hayden, Erin Leddy and Maesie Speer) with collaborating writer Andrea Stolowitz

    Theatre

    World Premiere

     

    Hand2Mouth presents

    Pep Talk

    Created and performed by Hand2Mouth’s ensemble (Julie Hammond, Liz Hayden, Erin Leddy and Maesie Speer) with collaborating writer Andrea Stolowitz

     

    Directed by Jonathan Walters

     

    Design by Kate Fenker, Peter Ksander, Christopher Kuhl, and Casi Pacilio

     

    Venue

    Peninsula Park Community Center, West Gym

    700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217

     

    Jan 23 (preview performance) @ 10 pm; Jan 24, 25, 26, 31, Feb 1, 2 @ 8 pm; Jan 26, Feb 2 @ 3pm

     

    Full run dates Jan 23 - Feb 16

     

    Tickets: $15 Th/Su; $17 for Fri/Sat; $20 at the door

    Purchase tickets online at: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=hand or 503.235.5284

     

     

    Step 1: Always start a pep talk with words of inspiration.

    We are Hand2Mouth. We have been making theatre in Portland for 13 years. Our newest show is called Pep Talk, and we believe it will be our greatest yet.

     

    Step 2: Be realistic about obstacles.

    Some of you might think we’ve lost our touch; we’re over the hill. It’s true: we’re not as young as we used to be, and we don’t have the energy or boundless optimism we had in the past.


    Step 3: Turn those obstacles into strengths.

    This is the sixth Fertile Ground Festival, and there are more companies than ever presenting new work. But you know what? We’ve survived for 13 years. We’ve crashed cars, won grants, been trashed in the New York Times and toured across the country. We’re experienced. We’re professionals. We’re at the top of our game.

     

    Step 4: Always finish a pep talk with a rallying cry.

    We want to prove that we’re champions, but we need you to be there. Will we win? Maybe. Will we fail? It’s possible. Will we bleed and sweat and leave it all on the stage? You’re damn right we will.

     

    More info at www.hand2mouththeatre.org

     

  • TriptheDark Dance Company presents

    Picture Sentence Picture

    choreography by Corinn deWaard, Stephanie Seaman & guests

    Dance

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    TriptheDark Dance Company presents

    Picture Sentence Picture

    choreography by Corinn deWaard, Stephanie Seaman & guests

     

    directed by Corinn deWaard & Stephanie Seaman

     

    music by over 20 Portland bands

     

    Venue:  The Analog Café

    720 SE Hawthorne, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 7pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Feb 8, 9, 15 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  $15

     

    How many translations does it take to change the meaning of a story? If more layers are piled on, is the picture more clear? What if we insert swan tossing, dancing in the dark and kitty snacks – does that help? Picture Sentence Picture follows Nigel and Sophia through a tangled mess of corruption and doppelgangers while picking apart their lives and their connection to one another to understand why. Relationships are funny, fuzzy and fickle, especially when examined through multiples of eyes. History, like poetry, is a liar, and though one image may seem to be truth, we can’t help but see it another way. TriptheDark explores these concepts through contemporary dance accompanied by the music of over 20 Portland bands. You may lose something in translation, but we’re prepared to show you what you gain.

     

  • The Skidmore Bluffs & Untitled Productions present

    Revival

    book and music by Josh Gulotta

    Theatre/Music

    Premiere

     

    The Skidmore Bluffs & Untitled Productions present

    Revival

    book and music by Josh Gulotta

    additional lyrics by Andrew Fridae, Daniel Brian Jones & Laura Hallman

     

    directed by Josh Gulotta

     

    Venue:  The Little Church

    5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7pm (see Dear Momma at 8:30pm)

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30 - Feb 8

     

    Tickets:  $10, with Dear Momma $15

     

    Join Reverend Isaac Noble and his band, the Roving Wheels of Christ, as they explore God’s impact on the world today through song. Covering topics such as the Great Recession, religious hypocrisy, arbitrary deities, and living legends such as the prophets Michael and Lazarus, Revival offers hardline opinions (and questions) on the Heavenly Father, religious leaders, and how their choices impact the lives of ordinary Americans everyday.

     

  • Rutherford’s Brain presents

    Scenes from the Future

    by Anne Rutherford, Caren Graham, Ken Iverson, Rick Huddle & Sumi Wu

    Theatre/Dance

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Rutherford’s Brain presents

    Scenes from the Future

    by Anne Rutherford, Caren Graham, Ken Iverson, Rick Huddle & Sumi Wu

     

    directed by Anne Rutherford

     

    choreography by Sumi Wu

     

    Venue:  Main Hall Stage, Grace Memorial Episcopal

    1535 NE 17th, Portland OR 97232

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, Feb 1, 2 @ 8pm; Feb 1, 2 @ 4pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30-Feb 2

     

    Tickets:  $12 advance, $15 door

    Purchase tickets online at www.scenesfromthefuture.com or 503.830.2398

     

    Five performers dazzle you with scenes from four brand new solo shows. Go down the rabbit hole with Anne Rutherford as Mad Hatter, Red Queen and more in her one-woman Alice in Wonderland. Groove to a new piece by storyteller and dancer Rick Huddle, who found his life’s calling by bawling in front of a group of preschoolers. Whet your appetite as actor Caren Graham dishes up her comic take on the Buffet of Life. Dip into the fevered, funny world of Ken Iverson in his original monologue that takes audiences from The Principal’s Office to the Sock-Hop – and beyond! Four riveting scenes spliced together by the earthy yet ethereal dance of Sumi Wu, accompanied by some of the best live music in town. Enjoy this complete show that also previews the best PDX solo theatre for 2014. Be the first to see the future!  (Space helmets optional.)

     

  • Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center presents

    Sincerely,

    by Ucce Agada

    Dance/Theatre

    Premiere

     

    Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center presents

    Sincerely,

    directed & written by Ucce Agada

    choreography by Cami Curtis & Hillary Hart

     

    Venue: Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center

    1932 W Burnside St, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 25, 26, Feb 1, 2 @ 1pm; Jan 25, Feb 1 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Sincerely, is an eclectic, multi-performance art piece scripted as concurrent letters between two lovers. These letters take us on a compelling journey; stitched together to tell individual occurrences of parted lovers, as its contents jump in seamlessly and out of dialogue into theatrical dance performances. Set in two locations, Chicago and Italy, each character reveals an account of their lives since the day they parted.

     

  • Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    The Monster-Builder

    by Amy Freed

    Theatre

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    The Monster-Builder

    by Amy Freed

     

    directed by Art Manke

     

    Venue:  Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage

    1516 SW Alder St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 28, 29, 30, 31 @ 7:30pm; Feb 2 @ 7:30pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 28 - March 2

     

    Tickets:  $25-$50

    Purchase tickets online at www.artistsrep.org or 503.241.1278

     

    A maniacal scheme of fantastical proportions lurks deep inside world-renowned mega-architect Gregor Zubrowski’s post-modern steel and glass structures.  His commanding presence and curious creative process both titillate and manipulate design professionals and patrons alike into submission. After he casually steals a career-making project, two fledgling architects dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game. Expect the unexpected from this absurdly funny, wickedly smart new comedy.

     

  • Jazz Me Blues Productions presents

    The Past is Calling

    book by Dennis Nyback, lyrics & music by Buck Evans

    Theatre/Musical

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Jazz Me Blues Productions presents

    The Past is Calling

    book by Dennis Nyback

    lyrics & music by Buck Evans

     

    directed by Dennis Nyback

     

    Venue: Pacific Northwest College of Art

    1241 NW Johnson, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 24, 25, 26 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $25

     

    Hot Jazz + Cool Gangsters + Flaming Youth + Fox Trotting + Burning Desire + Charleston Dancing + Fervid Love + Prohibition Liquor + Intoxicating Romance = The Roaring Twenties. Add time travel and you have the new musical The Past is Calling. Leo Daedalus stars as Bill, a modern young man who is catapulted from today back to 1926. He lands in the Blue Lantern Casino in Hudson Lake, Indiana. There he meets the gangster Nick, his girlfriend Mabel and the flapper Dora. He also meets the jazz men in the house band featuring Bix, Frankie, Itzy and Pee Wee. Bill is befriended by the old pro singer Red. Red has Bill write lyrics for the music composed by the band’s piano player Itzy. He also has Bill sing with the band. Bill also falls in love. The fast-paced story is sped along with 10 new toe-tapping, and torchy, songs by Buck Evans. Buck is known as “The Ragtime Wonder of the Frozen North” in Alaska. All will be played by a red hot jazz band whose members are all in the cast. What happens is the stuff that dreams are made of.  You won’t want to miss the world premiere of The Past is Calling.

     

  • GREATHOUSE of Music, Dance and Accordion Cabaret presents

    You Do Speak English, Don’t You?

    by Mark & Helena Greathouse

    Comedy with Singing/Dance

    Premiere

     

    GREATHOUSE of Music, Dance and Accordion Cabaret presents

    You Do Speak English, Don’t You?

    by Mark & Helena Greathouse

    music composed by Mark Greathouse

     

    Venue:  Milepost 5 Theatre, Blackbox

    850 NE 81st Ave, Portland OR 97213

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 25, Feb 1 @ 4pm

     

    Tickets:  PWYC

     

    Mark and Helena Greathouse, an international husband and wife musical performance duo, present their one hour performance, You Do Speak English, Don’t You? as a family friendly, lively cabaret style program. The show features Mark’s own songs interspersed with short, humorous dialogues highlighting challenges they have experienced in their lives. Mark’s compositions range from love songs to ragtime. Helena presents a unique blend of expressive dance and song.  Mark accompanies her on the accordion. Mark is a musician/composer from Portland, and Helena is a singer/actor/dancer originally from Prague, Czech Republic. They have lived in Portland since the 1970s and have performed for many years in the Northwest as well as in several European countries. Each began performing in their youth, Mark with his dad on stage in Portland, and Helena on Czechoslovak National Radio and TV in Prague. Little did they know that, following their professional careers, they would once again be performing and having fun at it. Their stage name is ‘GREATHOUSE of Music’ and they even have a line of CDs. Check out their website at: www.greathouseofmusic.com.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Against Nature

    by Matt Russell & Beth Damiano

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Against Nature

    by Matt Russell & Beth Damiano

     

    directed by Matt Russell

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 1pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    A broken, drug-addled woman tries to exact revenge on the man who murdered her brother years earlier. She writes vitriolic letters to him and he responds from prison.  Meanwhile a young Christian befriends a gay man to help him overcome his homophobia. As these two stories unfold we come to see the interconnection and also how the choices we make affect ourselves and our world.

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Aged to Perfection

    by Veronica Esagui & Linda Kuhlmann

    Theatre/Light Comedy

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Aged to Perfection

    by Veronica Esagui & Linda Kuhlmann

     

    directed by Nancy McDonald

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Jan 25 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Purchase tickets online at http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    Aged to Perfection is a light comedy about life and the pursuit of happiness. Be prepared to laugh and even cry because Aged to Perfection will most likely touch your heart.  Set in a rundown vineyard estate in Oregon, the time is the present. Maggie Dubois and her dysfunctional family inherit the estate which comes with three senior ladies, friends of the deceased. Upon the reading of the will, Maggie Dubois’ family finds out that as long as the three old ladies are alive, they cannot be displaced and the estate cannot be sold. Veronica Esagui and Linda Kuhlmann have a long history of theatre accomplishments. Esagui was the theatre producer of the longest-running dinner theatre in New Jersey and is the author of the musical plays: Broadville I, II, III, The Time Machine, The Black Panther Cried, and the memoir series: The Journey of Innocence, Braving a New World,  Awakening the Woman Within, Angels Among US and The Gift. Kuhlmann is the author of Koenig’s Wonder and The Red Boots. Nancy McDonald, the director, founded the Shakespeare Stage Company in New York and The Writer’s Lab in Hollywood and teaches a wide variety of performance-related courses.

     

  • ALL CAPS Comedy presents

    ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s)

    curated by Scott Rogers

    Comedy

    World Premiere

     

    ALL CAPS Comedy presents

    ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s)

    curated by Scott Rogers

     

    Venue: The Jack London Bar

    529 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 26, 27, 28 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door

     

    ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show with Character(s) brings its latest lineup of artists to the stage combining standup, commedia, movement, clown, puppetry, and one-person-sketch for the sole purpose of placing a character in the spotlight. Each performer inhabits a new character or fabricates a new take on an old character, creates a time, fills a space, tells a story and punctuates it with comedy. It’s an experiment that seeks answers to several questions. What happens when you take the trappings of standup comedy away from a comedian? How does a theatre artist navigate through setups and punch lines? Where do individual artists find common ground when these different performance styles start bumping up against one another?

     

  • Damaris Webb in association with Passin’ Art presents

    AMERICAN KING UMPS: A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

    by Don Wilson Glenn

    Theatre

    World Premiere

     

    Damaris Webb in association with Passin’ Art presents

    AMERICAN KING UMPS: A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

    by Don Wilson Glenn

     

    directed by Jaye Austin Williams

     

    Venue:  Ethos/IFCC

    5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland OR 97217

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7pm; Feb 2 @ 3pm

     

    Full Rull Dates: Jan 30 – Feb 16

     

    Tickets:  $20 general, $10 students & seniors

     

    Set during the Civil War on the King Cotton Plantation in West Texas, the story of American King Umps begins as the Master of the Plantation, fearing the oncoming of the Union Army, sells his large holding of slaves and and sets fire to the cotton fields. In the Master’s absence the slaves are left to govern themselves and define their own identities. King Umps is high comedy from beginning to end, a parody of Gone With the Wind and Comedy of Errors meets Roots. Incorporating the playwright’s Great-Great-Grandfather’s stories of slavery with mistaken identities, vaudeville and farce, this celebration of Juneteenth allows us, through humor, a deeper journey into the tragedy of slavery and a chance to reflect on how this chapter of the American Experience continues to impact us today.

     

  • Post5 Theatre presents

    Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Café

    by Elizabeth Huffman

    Theatre/Comedy

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Post5 Theatre presents

    Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Café

    by Elizabeth Huffman

     

    directed by Elizabeth Huffman, original compositions by Anderson Qunta

     

    Venue:  Post5 Theatre, Blackbox

    850 NE 81st Ave, Portland OR 97213

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Feb 1, 2 @ 7pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 23 - Feb 9

     

    Tickets:  $10

     

     

    We are thrilled to include a world premiere of a new comedy written and directed by Drammy Award-winning Director Elizabeth Huffman. Ms. Huffman created this new play by borrowing words and characters from the works of William Shakespeare for the 2014 Fertile Ground Festival. Set in a bar in New Orleans on Mardi Gras night, three pairs of lovers meet, drink, fight and love, all while the owner Ursula belts out sizzling Cajun blues for a wild night in the Shakespeare Café. With original music by Anderson Qunta you will not want to miss this new work!

  • Broken Toy Piano (or An Attempt To Say Something Important)

    Written & directed by Benjamin Newman

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Broken Toy Piano (or An Attempt To Say Something Important)

    Written & directed by Benjamin Newman

     

    Canceled

     

    A science fiction fairy tale, Broken Toy Piano (or An Attempt To Say Something Important) takes place on board the Herodotous One, a spaceship assigned to a highly classified and extremely controversial mission. Hostile forces have begun to threaten human existence, and five brave souls – the stalwart Captain, the flippant Security Chief, the nervous Doctor, the mentally unstable Engineer, and the mysterious Lieutenant who may or may not have a hidden agenda – are chosen to be the crew in

    charge of saving the day and saving the world. Trapped between a troubled past and an uncertain future, they work together to overcome any obstacle. But ultimately... they fail. Broken Toy Piano (or An Attempt To Say Something Important) is an unusual meditation on death, failure, morality and the consequences of violence. Through the bending of time, the questioning of human existence, and the power of Slinkies, the crew transforms from B-movie science fiction action hero archetypes into characters who realize that they are far more complex than those stereotypes suggest.

     

  • Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

    Theatre/Music/Dance/Comedy

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

     

    directed by David Saffert

     

    choreography by TriptheDark Dance Company

     

    Venue:  Curious Comedy Theater

    5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 25, 31, Feb 1 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $12 advance, $15 at door

     

    Consider yourself cordially invited to David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza!  IV. In some parts of the world “IV” is a very unlucky number, but that's not going to stop me!  This variety show can't go wrong with all the piano and comedy I have in store.  Listen to these spectacular guests I've assembled!  My fancy musical theatre friend Sammuel Hawkins will join me on some bawdy songs from the late 1920’s.  Rumor has it he’s bringing a ukulele.  And I’ve got some exciting dancers from TriptheDark Dance Company who really know how to surprise an audience!  And we’ll be rounding out the evening with celebrities Truman Capote and Liza Minnelli. Wait... WHAT? As usual, if you don’t want your kids learning any new words or sexual positions, don’t bring ‘em.  Make this almost-39-year-old guy happy and come enjoy the show!

     

  • Untitled Productions & The Skidmore Bluffs present

    Dear Momma: A Love Letter

    by Megan Sweigert

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Untitled Productions & The Skidmore Bluffs present

    Dear Momma: A Love Letter

    by Megan Sweigert

     

    directed by Avital Shira

     

    Venue:  The Little Church

    5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 8:30 pm (see Revival at 7pm)

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30 - Feb 8

     

    Tickets: $8, with Revival $15

     

    Untitled Productions is dedicated to fostering new work by young artists. Dear Momma: A Love Letter, based on a true story, is a coming-of-age tale, exploring themes of identity, sexuality and spirituality. For the first six years of her life, Megan lived in a cult. When her mother decides to leave and takes Megan into the “real world,” Megan is left to discover who she is, who her mother was, and from where she comes.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Eat Your Words, Dear

    by John Servilio

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Eat Your Words, Dear

    by John Servilio

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 3pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Eat Your Words, Dear offers two food-filled shows of literary absurdism. In Two Starches, Mary makes a stuffed shell dinner, special, just for her grown son, but he doesn't get to have bread with it? Fuhgeddaboudit! Mary has her reasons for this hiccup in familial bliss, but it ain’t gonna be pretty. In Expiration, a radio play, a library is turned into a fast-food stand. Judith is losing control of her life, her family, and the English language, as her library’s funding dwindles for lack of interest. And now her husband, a man confined to an iron lung, has fallen into a stupor. Enter the asthmatic son who hates libraries, his Indian friend who speaks better English than he does, and a chatty rat exterminator who seems to have read only one book in the library, the Bible, and you have a dish best served with a sense of humor. Expiration is a quirky, yet poignant, story of a man’s fading memory of his father, of a woman’s world rapidly changing before her ears, and an allegory of the conjunction of language and capitalism.

     

  • Theatre Vertigo presents

    End of Sex

    by Craig Jessen

    Theatre

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Theatre Vertigo presents

    End of Sex

    by Craig Jessen

     

    directed by Brandon Woolley

    Venue:  The Shoebox Theatre

    2110 SE 10th Ave, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm; Jan 26, Feb 2 @ 2pm; Feb 1 @ 4pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 17-Feb 15

     

    Tickets:  $20

    Purchase tickets online at www.theatrevertigo.org or 503.306.0870

     

    Pharmaceutical scientist Samantha Braddock has spent her life in the shadow of her grad school lab partner, who stole her research and claimed a patent that launched his career. Years later, while competing at the same company on a new product, she accidentally creates a drug that remaps sexual sensation. Sam is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, overshadowing her old rival. But as her professional life comes into bloom, her personal life unravels, and the repercussions of a drug that lets you have “sex without sex” begins to make wider ripples than she ever imagined possible. Theatre Vertigo presents the world premiere of Craig Jessen’s provocative comedy.

  • New Century Players presents

    Entanglement

    by Kevin Yell

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    New Century Players presents

    Entanglement

    by Kevin Yell

     

    directed by Colin Murray

     

    Festival Performance (Semi-staged)

    January 30, 8PM.

    Body Vox Studio, NW 17th Ave,

    Portland, OR 97209

     

    Full production: January 24 - February 2,

    Rex Putnam Black Box Theatre

    4950 SE Roethe Rd,

    Milwaukie OR 97267

     

    Tickets:  $12

     

    What might the theory of Quantum Entanglement, which Einstein called “spooky science,” teach us about love?  Or what sexual desire teaches us about the science of quantum connection?  What are the unseen threads that tug at our hearts, or spontaneously spin a particle in space?  Is it the same energy in different guises? In the world of the Corrington family and their longtime neighbors the play title’s meaning is to be expected – relationships interconnected with layers of history, significance and baggage.  To the quantum physicist that their daughter Sophie becomes, it represents the discovery of a groundbreaking connection between nuclear particles with implications for the future of science and the world. Science and relationships both move forward because of the same three things – gathering information, correct and incorrect interpretation of what we think we know, and the stories we tell that weave it all together. It isn’t easy, and even Einstein got it wrong occasionally. Entanglement is a very human, inter-generational story of family life in a changing world, told with humor and compassion, where the strands of past, present and future interweave, and integrating the facts depends on the stories we choose to retell or let go and reinvent.

     

  • Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    Flash Reads at Artists Rep

    new work by Playwrights West

    Theatre

    Reading

     

    Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    Flash Reads at Artists Rep

    new work by Playwrights West

     

    Venue:  Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage

    1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR 97206

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 27, 28 @ 7:30pm

     

    Tickets:  PWYC; at the door or reserve at www.artistsrep.org

     

    Gather with us to hear a stripped-down-to-the-words, brand-spanking-new play from one of Playwrights West’s cadre of seasoned Portland playwrights. Flash Reads are simply presented with music stands, stools, and actors with an unannounced play script. You’ll get to hear a new work at the start of its development – and we promise it will be an exciting ride.

     

    Playwrights West is a professional theatre company focused on presenting top-level productions of its members' work and supporting development of original work in Portland. Member playwrights: Debbie Lamedman, Karin Magaldi, Ellen Margolis, Steve Patterson, Andrea Stolowitz, Andrew Wardenaar, Claire Willett, Patrick Wohlmut and Matthew B. Zrebski.

     

    Calumnies­­­­­

    A new play by Ellen Margolis

    Directed by Gemma Whelan

     

    January 27 @ 7:30pm

     

    Adult Content

     

    Based on a real-life crime of passion, Calumnies is a tale of sex and scandal, race and revenge.  The story unfolds in 1820s Kentucky, where old-world society meets wild western free-for-all, and the only thing rougher than the politics are the love affairs. Scraping by on the outskirts of Frankfort, Olivia Burke leads a precariously independent life. Her father is dead, her mother is bedridden, and her affair with Leopold Brass, a family man and aspiring politician, cannot end well.  Enter Obediah Dupree, a naïve and feverishly romantic young man who would like to cast himself as the hero in her story.  When Olivia becomes pregnant, the pressures increase--and secrets, lies, and slanders become the currency of her world. Cast:Matthew DiBiasio, Kayla Lian, James Peck, Jameson Tabor, Ithica Tell

     

    Ellen Margolis is a founding member of Playwrights West and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her plays include Splasher (Drammy Award, 2012), Signing the Papers, What We Thought, A Little Chatter, American Soil, and How to Draw Mystical Creatures.  Her work has been produced throughout the United States and has appeared in publications from Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, and JAC Press.  She has been recognized with commissions and honors by Mile Square Theatre, the New York International Theatre Festival, the Trustus Playwrights Festival, and the National 10-Minute Play Contest.

     

     

    Carter Hall

    A new play by Claire Willett

    Featuring the music of Steeleye Span

    Directed by Megan Kate Ward

    Music Performed by: Claire and Ken Willett

     

    Jan 28 @ 7:30pm

     

    Janet Carter and her young daughter Lucy spend every summer in a vacation rental cottage at Carter Hall, the crumbling old manor that once belonged to Janet's family and is now a Historical Society-owned tourist trap.  Janet has nothing more pressing in mind for the next few months than lazy time with her daughter (a hyper-imaginative child whose hobbies include practicing exorcisms and pretending to be a ninja),  reminiscences with Alec, the ancient gardener who has known her all her life - and perhaps a little summer flirtation with Alec's handsome new assistant Thomas.  But when the boy in the cottage next door goes missing on Midsummer Eve, Janet and Lucy are pulled headlong into a supernatural mystery that forces them both to confront the hidden reality that magical forces are at work in their daily lives.  To rescue the boy, Thomas risks losing Janet forever by revealing the truth about who he really is - a fugitive from the fairy underworld hiding under Alec's protection.  Janet, Thomas and Lucy set forth on a dark and dangerous quest to the mist-shrouded land of the fairies, braving dangerous creatures, impossible riddles, and the darkest secrets of their own hearts to rescue the missing child and bring him home.

     

    Claire Willett is a company member of Playwrights West and was named the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama and the summer 2011 Writer-In-Residence at the I-Park Artists’ Colony in East Haddam, CT.  Her play Dear Galileo was produced in March 2013 in the Hothouse New Play Development Series at Pasadena Playhouse. A founding Fertile Ground Festival artist, Claire has produced a staged reading in every festival since its 2009 inception, including Upon Waking (2009); How the Light Gets In (2010); That Was the River, This Is the Sea, co-written with Gilberto Martin del Campo (2011); Dear Galileo (2012), which was produced by Artists Repertory Theatre and funded by a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission; and The Witch of the Iron Wood (2013), a chamber opera based on Norse mythology co-written with Portland composer Evan Lewis. Claire has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Whitman College in Washington, and is a graduate of the Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.

     

    “Flash Reads” is a new partnership between Artists Repertory Theatre and Playwrights West to present stripped-down world premiere readings of new works-in-progress by the award-winning Portland writers of Playwrights West.

     

     

  • Portland Playhouse & Boom Arts present

    A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

    by Alicia Jo Rabins

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Portland Playhouse & Boom Arts present

    A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

    by Alicia Jo Rabins

     

    directed by Maureen Towey

    original animation by Zak Margolis

     

    Venue:  Portland Playhouse (Downstairs), 602 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 1 @ 5pm

     

    Full Run Dates: West Coast Premiere Performances Feb 6-9

     

    Tickets:  PWYC on Feb 1, door only, no reservations

    Reserve online for tickets Feb 6-9 www.boomarts.org

     

    A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is an experimental song cycle/music theatre work by acclaimed Portland-based indie rocker, poet, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. Through electro-acoustic music, documentary theatre and meditative poetry, Rabins views Bernie Madoff and the system which allowed him to function through the lens of ancient Jewish and Buddhist texts on financial ethics, ecology and cycles. The newest version of the piece is directed by Maureen Towey (Sojourn Theatre, Arcade Fire) with original animation by Portland artist Zak Margolis. This is a work-in-progress, sneak peek, event presented especially for Fertile Ground audiences prior to the show’s official opening.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Kleptofamilia

    by Gary Corbin

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Kleptofamilia

    by Gary Corbin

     

    directed by Ciji Guerin

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 3pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    A newly divorced middle-aged woman copes with the sudden drop in her standard of living by stealing. At first it’s little stuff from friends and family, but it soon escalates out of her control. Her kids, her ex and new boyfriend-wannabe don’t know what to do with her…until one of them comes up with a nasty little idea.

     

  • The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System presents

    “Live your future, today!”

    Theatre/Comedy

    World Premiere

     

    The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System presents

    “Live your future, today!”

     

    Venue: The Jack London Bar

    529 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 30, 31 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System is the brainchild of Portland comedy producers Josh Fisher and Wallace Fessler. Half satire, half homage, LanceLife digs deep into the beauty and absurdity of ‘can’t lose’ culture. In special inspirational presentations, Lance Banks and his acolytes guide audience members through all of life’s mazes, from health and nutrition, to finance, to the best way to find love (spoiler alert, it IS online.) In his latest presentation, “Live your future, today!”, Lance Banks has boiled the whole of human existence; the past, the present, the future, the future’s future, and music into the densest 60 minutes of learning and empowerment in history. Lance will show you how to present your present with the present of success by analyzing your past through the lens of the future. Lance Banks has helped millions worldwide learn to shed the old and inferior and replace it with the new and improved. Don’t doom yourself to repeating the past over and over again. Join The LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be the “you” you’ve always dreamed you could be, by living your future today.

     

  • The Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents

    Love is Enough

    by Donna Barrow-Green

    Theatre

    Reading

     

    The Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents

    Love is Enough

    by Donna Barrow-Green

     

    directed by Chrisse Roccaro

     

    Venue: The Old Church

    1422 SW 11th St, Portland OR 97201

     

    Festival Date: Jan 28 @ 10am

     

    Tickets: $8 at the door

     

    It’s the 1960s: LBJ, Vietnam, women libbers — and Gladys is trapped in her role as a typical housewife. Her life revolves around the needs of her husband, Mike, and her son, Joey. But Gladys has a dream: she dreams of writing romance novels. She dreams of a world inhabited by a lovely young woman — perhaps named Jill Brentwood or Rachel Winters — who studies fashion design in Paris where she happens to meet a handsome stranger whose deep brown eyes look directly into her heart. His name could be Daniel O’Connor, Tom Griffin, or...perhaps...Marcos Van Dirk! The fantastic world of Gladys’ imagination collides with her stifling reality when Marcos suddenly comes to life and she is forced to choose between being a housewife and her romantic dreams. The comedy Love is Enough is written by Portland playwright Donna Barrow-Green and directed by Chrisse Roccaro. The cast includes Emily Sahler as Gladys; Brian Allard as her husband, Mike; Bryce Earhart as their son, Joey; and Gilberto Martin Del Campo as the dreamy hero, Marcos Van Dirk. Love is Enough is produced by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, whose mission is to serve and support the Portland theatre community. Please join us at 10am for coffee before the reading.

     

  • Dance Naked Productions presents

    Lust & Marriage

    by Eleanor O’Brien

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Dance Naked Productions presents

    Lust & Marriage

    by Eleanor O’Brien

     

    directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein

     

    Venue:  The Catalyst Art & Culture Space

    4810 NE Garfield Ave, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 30 @ 8pm; Jan 24, 25, 31, Feb 1 @10pm

     

    Full Run Dates: Feb 6, 7, 9 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Lust and marriage, they go together like ... electricity and porridge? Eleanor O’Brien explores the search for love, lust and life partners in this candid look at modern marriage. Does hot monogamy exist? Can polyamory save the happily ever after? #WWDSD? (“What Would Dan Savage Do?”)

    From the creator of GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies, and the Inviting Desire series (A Theatrical Aphrodisiac; Pleasure, Permission, Possibility...; The Dawn of Sex) comes a brand new solo show that flirts with the idea that everyone deserves an active sex life, even married people!

     

  • RLP presents

    Mad Genre

    by Jason Ferté

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    RLP presents

    Mad Genre

    by Jason Ferté

     

    directed by Jason Ferté

     

    Venue:  Brody Theater

    16 NW Broadway, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 24, 25 @ 10pm

     

    Tickets:  $8 advance/$10 at the door

     

    Thrills, chills, laughs and more thrills!  “Mad Genre” is four short one-act plays each centered on a unique female character: in “Getaway Girl” a mob driver makes a fatal mistake during a robbery, but will her employers forgive her or cut their losses?  In “Snow Like Thunder” a lonely vampire falls in love with a graduate student who harbors a terrible secret.  In “Two For Tuesday” a young woman discovers she’s set two blind dates for the same day in the same restaurant – oops!  And a sultry bartender in “Siren’s Call” needs all her wiles to stay one step ahead of blackmail, true love, and the law, and still keep all the loot from a perfectly planned heist.   What ties these four striking female characters together?  The same actress plays all four!  Come see Grace Beckett star in the world premiere staged reading of – “Mad Genre.”   Also in the show are the amazing Matthew Barnett, Michael Godsey, Ian Kane, and Emma Wykes Ruhlig.  Warning: adult content, very adult!

  • Jewish Theatre Collaborative presents

    Memory’s Landscape

    conceived & adapted by Jamie M. Rea & Sacha Reich

    Theatre/Literary Arts

    Staged Reading

     

    Jewish Theatre Collaborative presents

    Memory’s Landscape

    conceived & adapted by Jamie M. Rea & Sacha Reich

     

    directed by Wendy Wilcox

     

    Venues:  Milagro Theatre | 525 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97214

    Mittleman Jewish Community Center | 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR 97219

    Lincoln Hall, Studio Theatre at PSU | 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland OR 97201

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 26 @ 7pm, Milagro Theatre; Jan 27 @ 7pm, MJCC; Jan 28 @ 7pm, Lincoln Hall

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 26-28

     

    Tickets:  $10 with password fertileground

    Purchase tickets online at www.jewishtheatrecollaborative.org/footnotes

     

    Memory’s Landscape: mythology is more potent than history. Get on the bus! Your itinerary includes bustling cosmopolitan streets, mosquito-infested swamps, a utopian society in action and a pit stop on the playground of a war memorial.  Neither history lesson nor fact finding expedition, this theatrical excursion through Israel walks the path of memory.  As with previous JTC Fertile Ground offerings, Café Baghdad and Taster’s Choice, Memory’s Landscape treats audience to the thrilling convergence of literature and performing arts.  This original performance features Sam Mowry, Sam Dinkowitz and Jamie M. Rea and is part of JTC’s Page2Stage Season which climaxes with a world premiere adaptation of Meir Shalev’s novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, March 22-April 12 at Milagro Theatre.

     

  • Down Boat Arts presents

    Middle Names

    by Corey O’Hara

    Theatre

    World Premiere

     

    Down Boat Arts presents

    Middle Names

    by Corey O’Hara

     

    directed by Nate Cohen

     

    Venue: Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton Street.

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 8pm

    Jan 26 and Feb 2 @2PM

     

    Full Run Dates: Jan 24 - Feb 8

    Tickets: $15, $10 Student

     

    Middle Names finds three relative strangers brought together by the death of a mutual friend. In a sweat-stained motel room in the middle of anywhere, Birchie, Ray and Eliot are forced to come to terms with their static young lives in the wake of tragedy. Drugs, desert heat, love affairs and fashion offenses drive them to gunshots and a deadly game of rock, paper, scissors. This language-based comedy-drama captures the contradictions between who you were raised to be and who you actually are. In this Shepardian wild ride, messes are made, language is mangled, and morality is blurred. The script was a national semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award in 2013. This production is the fourth collaborative effort between Playwright Corey O’Hara and Director Nate Cohen.

     

  • Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    The Monster-Builder

    by Amy Freed

    Theatre

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    The Monster-Builder

    by Amy Freed

     

    directed by Art Manke

     

    Venue:  Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage

    1516 SW Alder St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 28, 29, 30, 31 @ 7:30pm; Feb 2 @ 7:30pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 28 - March 2

     

    Tickets:  $25-$50

    Purchase tickets online at www.artistsrep.org or 503.241.1278

     

    A maniacal scheme of fantastical proportions lurks deep inside world-renowned mega-architect Gregor Zubrowski’s post-modern steel and glass structures.  His commanding presence and curious creative process both titillate and manipulate design professionals and patrons alike into submission. After he casually steals a career-making project, two fledgling architects dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game. Expect the unexpected from this absurdly funny, wickedly smart new comedy.

     

  • Portland Playhouse & The August Wilson Red Door Project present

    My Walk has Never Been Average

    by Roberta S. Hunte and Bonnie Ratner

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    Portland Playhouse & The August Wilson Red Door Project present

    My Walk has Never Been Average

    by Roberta S. Hunte

    adapted for the stage by Bonnie Ratner

     

    directed by Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly

     

    Venue:  Portland Playhouse

    602 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Date: Feb 1 @ 7:30pm

     

    Tickets: SOLD OUT

     

    My Walk Has Never Been Average is a compelling, multi-media presentation based on the lives of women whose stories are never told. Adapted for the stage from in-depth, first-person interviews with Black women in all aspects of construction, these stories reveal great inner strength and accomplishment in the face of the multiple oppressions facing Black working-class women in America. These are stories of families and communities, of fighting for survival and achieving success, and of relationship dynamics when women move out of nontraditional roles. With humor, courage and gut-wrenching honesty, the women of My Walk Has Never Been Average will open your mind and touch your heart.  The August Wilson Red Door Project will host a talk back following the performance. Sponsored by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Over

    by Dave Chapman

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Over

    by Dave Chapman

     

    directed by Dave Chapman

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 1pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Jack and Nicole are through. But before Jack can walk out the door and leave forever, Nicole’s sister Tabitha arrives unexpectedly. She’s acting disoriented. She must be drunk. But how did she get there? Where’s her car? And how does she so easily escape their watchful eyes at the hospital? While Tabitha befriends Nicole’s sad-sack neighbor, Jack struggles to discover what has happened to her…or what she has done. No one is prepared for the disturbing truth, as each in turn learns the consequences of sacrificing too much to please someone else.

     

  • Hand2Mouth presents

    Pep Talk

    Created and performed by Hand2Mouth’s ensemble (Julie Hammond, Liz Hayden, Erin Leddy and Maesie Speer) with collaborating writer Andrea Stolowitz

    Theatre

    World Premiere

     

    Hand2Mouth presents

    Pep Talk

    Created and performed by Hand2Mouth’s ensemble (Julie Hammond, Liz Hayden, Erin Leddy and Maesie Speer) with collaborating writer Andrea Stolowitz

     

    Directed by Jonathan Walters

     

    Design by Kate Fenker, Peter Ksander, Christopher Kuhl, and Casi Pacilio

     

    Venue

    Peninsula Park Community Center, West Gym

    700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217

     

    Jan 23 (preview performance) @ 10 pm; Jan 24, 25, 26, 31, Feb 1, 2 @ 8 pm; Jan 26, Feb 2 @ 3pm

     

    Full run dates Jan 23 - Feb 16

     

    Tickets: $15 Th/Su; $17 for Fri/Sat; $20 at the door

    Purchase tickets online at: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=hand or 503.235.5284

     

     

    Step 1: Always start a pep talk with words of inspiration.

    We are Hand2Mouth. We have been making theatre in Portland for 13 years. Our newest show is called Pep Talk, and we believe it will be our greatest yet.

     

    Step 2: Be realistic about obstacles.

    Some of you might think we’ve lost our touch; we’re over the hill. It’s true: we’re not as young as we used to be, and we don’t have the energy or boundless optimism we had in the past.


    Step 3: Turn those obstacles into strengths.

    This is the sixth Fertile Ground Festival, and there are more companies than ever presenting new work. But you know what? We’ve survived for 13 years. We’ve crashed cars, won grants, been trashed in the New York Times and toured across the country. We’re experienced. We’re professionals. We’re at the top of our game.

     

    Step 4: Always finish a pep talk with a rallying cry.

    We want to prove that we’re champions, but we need you to be there. Will we win? Maybe. Will we fail? It’s possible. Will we bleed and sweat and leave it all on the stage? You’re damn right we will.

     

    More info at www.hand2mouththeatre.org

     

  • Whink Productions presents

    Remme’s Run

    by Wayne Harrel

    Theatre / Workshop

     

    Whink Productions presents

    Remme’s Run

    by Wayne Harrel

     

    directed by Wayne Harrel

     

    Venue:  The Church at Portland Playhouse

    602 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 @ 7:30pm; Jan 26 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $15; $12 Students and Seniors

     

    Remme’s Run blends old-fashioned storytelling with sophisticated visual projection to spin this true tale: in February, 1855, French Canadian cattleman Louis Remme raced overland from Sacramento to Portland in six days, hoping to cash a $12,500 certificate of deposit in the West’s last Adams & Co. Express office before the weekly San Francisco mail ship brought news of the bank’s failure. Did he make it? Come find out!  www.remmesrun.com

     

  • The Skidmore Bluffs & Untitled Productions present

    Revival

    book and music by Josh Gulotta

    Theatre/Music

    Premiere

     

    The Skidmore Bluffs & Untitled Productions present

    Revival

    book and music by Josh Gulotta

    additional lyrics by Andrew Fridae, Daniel Brian Jones & Laura Hallman

     

    directed by Josh Gulotta

     

    Venue:  The Little Church

    5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7pm (see Dear Momma at 8:30pm)

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30 - Feb 8

     

    Tickets:  $10, with Dear Momma $15

     

    Join Reverend Isaac Noble and his band, the Roving Wheels of Christ, as they explore God’s impact on the world today through song. Covering topics such as the Great Recession, religious hypocrisy, arbitrary deities, and living legends such as the prophets Michael and Lazarus, Revival offers hardline opinions (and questions) on the Heavenly Father, religious leaders, and how their choices impact the lives of ordinary Americans everyday.

     

  • Rutherford’s Brain presents

    Scenes from the Future

    by Anne Rutherford, Caren Graham, Ken Iverson, Rick Huddle & Sumi Wu

    Theatre/Dance

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Rutherford’s Brain presents

    Scenes from the Future

    by Anne Rutherford, Caren Graham, Ken Iverson, Rick Huddle & Sumi Wu

     

    directed by Anne Rutherford

     

    choreography by Sumi Wu

     

    Venue:  Main Hall Stage, Grace Memorial Episcopal

    1535 NE 17th, Portland OR 97232

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, Feb 1, 2 @ 8pm; Feb 1, 2 @ 4pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30-Feb 2

     

    Tickets:  $12 advance, $15 door

    Purchase tickets online at www.scenesfromthefuture.com or 503.830.2398

     

    Five performers dazzle you with scenes from four brand new solo shows. Go down the rabbit hole with Anne Rutherford as Mad Hatter, Red Queen and more in her one-woman Alice in Wonderland. Groove to a new piece by storyteller and dancer Rick Huddle, who found his life’s calling by bawling in front of a group of preschoolers. Whet your appetite as actor Caren Graham dishes up her comic take on the Buffet of Life. Dip into the fevered, funny world of Ken Iverson in his original monologue that takes audiences from The Principal’s Office to the Sock-Hop – and beyond! Four riveting scenes spliced together by the earthy yet ethereal dance of Sumi Wu, accompanied by some of the best live music in town. Enjoy this complete show that also previews the best PDX solo theatre for 2014. Be the first to see the future!  (Space helmets optional.)

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Shadows

    by Redmond Reams

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Shadows

    by Redmond Reams

     

    directed by JJ Harris

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Mark is an abused toddler who goes from his birth home, through foster care, to his adoptive home.  Mark keeps his emotional distance from adoptive parents Rachel and Tom, who are eager to give him their love, yet struggle to understand him given their own history of loss.  We see the intersection of these three individuals; their pain, their self-protection, their yearning for connection, their shared misunderstanding and their difficult pathway forward together.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Short Works

    by P-Town Playwrights

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Short Works

    by P-Town Playwrights

     

    directed by Susan Faust

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Through Thick and Thin: The Further Exploits of Ubu Roi by Susan Faust. On the eve of (un)natural disaster, Mr. Thick, mayor of Big Town, and his wily roommate, Mr. Thin, duke it out in their penthouse apartment.  Along comes Ms. Broad...but will anyone survive?  In the grand absurdist tradition of the Ubu Roi, this play may (or may not) answer life’s little nagging questions.

     

    Objects May Shift During Flight written and directed by Miriam Feder. We’ve all heard the warning. But some odd realignments ensue in a world of excessive stuff: animal, mineral and pickle.

     

    Elective Surgery by Alan Fitch. A routine case of the blues takes a macabre turn for the worse when Bill Harmon seeks help from overly zealous psychiatrist Dr. Grosz.  Sometimes the “cure” really is worse than the disease.

     

    Carbon Coping by Rich Rubin. Will talk of carbon emissions thwart an intimate moment?  Don’t you just hate when that happens?

     

    Nebraska by Heather Thiel. In 2008, Nebraska’s safe-haven law lets overwhelmed parents abandon children of any age at hospitals. OCD teen Rob and wild sister Minda are just visiting to see their Lakota birthplace and grab a green jello at the cafeteria…right?

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again—The Teaser

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again—The Teaser

     

    Venue:  The Armory, Mezzanine

    128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 31 @ Noon

     

    Tickets: FREE

     

    For this “teaser” event, we’ll share Brad Bolchunos’ The Flimflam Shamble, John Servilio’s Two Starches, and more. Come to the Armory Mezzanine for a lunchtime taste of the fun, then come to Hipbone Studio for a full plate of goodies at 7pm.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again

    by PDX Playwrights

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again

    by PDX Playwrights

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 31 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    They are Afraid of you, Shawn by Kate Belden. Claire and Sam barely bite back words of accusation and frustration as they broach the subject of medicating their son Shawn.  Their environment is just as aggressive, changing with each turn of the discussion. Does Shawn stand a chance in this jungle? The Flimflam Shamble by Brad Bolchunos. William “Flimflam” Barrington strives to see the world in a magical way and his vision might be contagious. But one day in a train station, an encounter threatens to unleash his greatest fear.

     

    Irrespective Perspective by Brad Bolchunos. Danvers leads his life with a curious literary tic. Fiona seethes with a secret.  When their paths cross in a rare book room brimming with other quirky individuals, absurdity blooms.

     

    Cue by Michael Cooper. Four Hamlets find themselves caught in an existential dilemma while waiting for a cue.

     

    Replacing Jack by John Donelly. Marcie is so confused. She found Jack, the man of her dreams, but now wants to replace him with another man of her dreams. But are they literally of her dreams? And what about the new man she meets?

     

    Two Starches by John Servilio. Mary makes a stuffed shell dinner, special, just for her grown son, but he doesn't get to have bread with it? Fuhgeddaboudit! Mary has her reasons for this hiccup in familial bliss, but it ain’t gonna be pretty.

     

  • Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center presents

    Sincerely,

    by Ucce Agada

    Dance/Theatre

    Premiere

     

    Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center presents

    Sincerely,

    directed & written by Ucce Agada

    choreography by Cami Curtis & Hillary Hart

     

    Venue: Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center

    1932 W Burnside St, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 25, 26, Feb 1, 2 @ 1pm; Jan 25, Feb 1 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Sincerely, is an eclectic, multi-performance art piece scripted as concurrent letters between two lovers. These letters take us on a compelling journey; stitched together to tell individual occurrences of parted lovers, as its contents jump in seamlessly and out of dialogue into theatrical dance performances. Set in two locations, Chicago and Italy, each character reveals an account of their lives since the day they parted.

     

  • Well Arts presents

    Stories: from teenage girls in transition

    by teenage girls 14-18 at Boys & Girls Aid

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Well Arts presents

    Stories: from teenage girls in transition

    by teenage girls 14-18 at Boys & Girls Aid

     

    directed by Anet Ris Kelman & Ann Singer

     

    Venue:  Sellwood Playhouse

    901 SE Spokane, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 31, Feb 1  @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  $10 suggested donation/VIP tickets $20 for seats in 1st two rows

     

    It’s slam poetry night and a group of transitional teenage girls spin their stories into gold through prose, poetry, fairytales, music and dance. Come and see: Landays! Slap Rhythms! Fairytales where the girls slay dragons and build emotional and financial independence as well as keen analytical minds that also leave room for intuition and inspiration. These courageous and sassy young girls cast themselves as the heroines in their own stories. Audiences find new awareness about what youth are experiencing today. For the past four years, eclectic groups, living on the edges of society, have performed their stories in the Stories Series, including college students from around the world, writers from Street Roots and middle school kids. Our audiences have heard their stories about culture shock, homelessness and middle school purgatory. For the 5th Anniversary of the Stories series, teenage girls from Boys and Girls Aid explore the dark side of innocence, dig up their turbulent pasts with humor and spunk, and come through it all growing toward peace and forgiveness through storytelling.

     

  • Inukshuk Production Company presents

    Tennessee in Key West

    by Robert Lee Gaynor

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Inukshuk Production Company presents

    Tennessee in Key West

    by Robert Lee Gaynor

     

    directed by Marybeth Bielawski-DeLeo

     

    Venue: Q Center

    4115 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland OR 97217

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7:30pm; Jan 26, Feb 2 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $15 advance; $18 door

     

    Inukshuk Production Company and the Portland Q Center are pleased to announce their joint entry for the 2014 Fertile Ground Festival: Tennessee in Key West, an original play by Robert Lee Gaynor; directed by Marybeth Bielawski-DeLeo. A fictional piece inspired by the life of Tennessee Williams, Tennessee in Key West takes place in the fall of 1979, shortly after the opening of Tennessee’s play, Tiger Tail, in Gainesville, Florida. A young journalism student traveling from the University of Florida to Key West to interview the illustrious playwright is unwittingly the pawn of professional reporters who have a less-than-friendly agenda. The interview quickly degenerates into a game of cat and mouse, with Tennessee apparently bent on seducing or, at the very least, humiliating the naïve young man.  Along the way, we learn a good deal about Tennessee’s life, loves, art and torments. We also learn something about the young reporter, whose all-American persona conceals a few secrets of his own.

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Haunting of Childhood

    by Gregory Neil Forbes

    Theatre/Drama

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Haunting of Childhood

    by Gregory Neil Forbes

     

    directed by Nancy McDonald

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S. State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Jan 28 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Purchase tickets online at http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    The Haunting of childhood when nightmares become reality. Shayla Stone is a young girl who lives on a ranch in Eastern Oregon with her father, Tom Stone, and their housekeeper, Emma Miller. Her world has been turned upside down by the drowning death of her mother four months prior. She has been increasingly haunted by dreams of her dead mother begging for help in some dark place. Friend of the family, Dr. Caine’s attempts to help Shayla come to terms with the loss of her mother have not helped, rather the visions continue to worsen to the point where the family is worried about the deteriorating state of Shayla’s mental health. In a desperate attempt to help Shayla realize the visions of her mother are not real, but only in her mind, her Aunt Lucinda asks for the help of Dr. Samuel Moore who is a professor of parapsychology in Portland, and his two associates. As their investigation progresses, they find Shayla’s visions are more than mere dreams, but have sinister undertones of reality. In a final attempt to get to the truth, Shayla is hypnotized, whereupon all hell breaks loose and dream and reality come together.

     

  • Jazz Me Blues Productions presents

    The Past is Calling

    book by Dennis Nyback, lyrics & music by Buck Evans

    Theatre/Musical

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Jazz Me Blues Productions presents

    The Past is Calling

    book by Dennis Nyback

    lyrics & music by Buck Evans

     

    directed by Dennis Nyback

     

    Venue: Pacific Northwest College of Art

    1241 NW Johnson, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 24, 25, 26 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $25

     

    Hot Jazz + Cool Gangsters + Flaming Youth + Fox Trotting + Burning Desire + Charleston Dancing + Fervid Love + Prohibition Liquor + Intoxicating Romance = The Roaring Twenties. Add time travel and you have the new musical The Past is Calling. Leo Daedalus stars as Bill, a modern young man who is catapulted from today back to 1926. He lands in the Blue Lantern Casino in Hudson Lake, Indiana. There he meets the gangster Nick, his girlfriend Mabel and the flapper Dora. He also meets the jazz men in the house band featuring Bix, Frankie, Itzy and Pee Wee. Bill is befriended by the old pro singer Red. Red has Bill write lyrics for the music composed by the band’s piano player Itzy. He also has Bill sing with the band. Bill also falls in love. The fast-paced story is sped along with 10 new toe-tapping, and torchy, songs by Buck Evans. Buck is known as “The Ragtime Wonder of the Frozen North” in Alaska. All will be played by a red hot jazz band whose members are all in the cast. What happens is the stuff that dreams are made of.  You won’t want to miss the world premiere of The Past is Calling.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    The Strangest Story Ever Told

    by Clinton Kelly Clark

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    The Strangest Story Ever Told

    by Clinton Kelly Clark

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    There’s gold in Thomas Bay; Harry knows it. The only problem is everyone Harry sends up there comes back empty-handed, not to mention out of his mind. Harry’s prospectors tell pieces of a grizzly story – something is out there and it’s not playing nice. The native people call it the Kushtaka – the protectors of the Bay of Death. A true story about all the “gold” in our lives and what we risk to get it.

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Temporary Man

    music by Scott David Bradner

    lyrics & book by A. R. MacGregor

    Reading/Music

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Temporary Man

    music by Scott David Bradner

    lyrics & book by A. R. MacGregor

     

    directed by J. Scott Lapp

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Jan 26 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Purchase tickets online at  http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    Set in a high-society restaurant during its opening week, a disgruntled ex-employee returns with a vengeance, holding the patrons and staff hostage in his drunken rage. It is now up to the unlikely group of hostages to fight against the madman and themselves for survival. The Temporary Man toys with the idea of second chances. Do we take the path that will lead to longevity in success and life, or do we make the off-hand choice for short-lived satisfaction, leaving us as just that: a temporary man?

     

  • The Truth According to Rose & Merrily Down the Stream

    by D.C. Copeland

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    The Truth According to Rose & Merrily Down the Stream

    by D.C. Copeland

     

    Venue:  Independent Publishing Resource Center

    1001 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates: Feb 1 @ 4:30pm

     

    Tickets: $5 suggested donation

     

    The Truth According to Rose is directed by Alana Byington. How do we grieve the loss of a partner? In this one-act, Rose has never let go of her husband, George. Are the dead really gone once they depart this earthly realm or do they continue to live inside of us, as in Rose's case.  It features Vana O’Brien, Marc Hakim, and Scott Parker. In Merrily Down the Stream, two teenagers have been standing in front of their lockers for, it appears, an eternity. They love each other but cannot connect to one another for more than a passing moment. As the play continues, the violent dinging of a bell represents phases in their relationship. Laura has a tortured past from which she dissociates in fantasy, whereas John speaks of his future successes. Their passion for one another twists and forms the shape of the play while their discussion remains focused on menial subjects until the climactic end. It features Andy Lee-Hillstrom and Danielle Purdy with direction by Avital Shira.

     

  • Readers Theatre Repertory presents

    Theodore & Di

    by David Berkson

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    Readers Theatre Repertory presents

    Theodore & Di

    by David Berkson

     

    directed by David Berkson

     

    Venue:  Northwest Academy Blue Box Theatre

    1130 SW Main St., Portland OR 97205

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30pm

     

    Tickets:  $10 advance: $12 door

     

    A romantic-tragedy-melancholy-comedy. Diana is a driven and overachieving professional; Theodore an eccentric video store clerk with a unique and sometimes troubling set of social skills. The couple’s awkward and often hilarious early romantic misfires develop into an unexpected bond that’s as deep as it is fragile. David Berkson’s new play, which draws in equal measure from Cameron Crowe and Dostoyevsky, stars Andy Lee-Hillstrom, Elizabeth Garrett, Christy Drogosch and Jeffrey Arrington.

     All Readers Theatre Repertory productions are a project of Story Federation.

     

  • Post5 Theatre presents

    Therapy Hunger

    by Cassandra Boice

    Theatre

    Theatre/Multidisciplinary

     

    Post5 Theatre presents

    Therapy Hunger

    by Cassandra Boice

     

    directed by Cassandra Boice

    choreography by Chip Sherman

     

    Venue: Post5 Theatre, Blackbox

    850 NE 81st Ave, Portland OR 97213

     

    Festival Dates: January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 9:30 pm; Jan 26, Feb 2 @ 5:30pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    As the market deepens for psychiatric drugs, the need for psychiatric drugs deepens. This piece explores a young woman’s journey down the rabbit hole to mental wellness and what she discovers at the end of the trail of pills. A witty and haunting 40-minute piece of theatre, Therapy Hunger follows the ups and downs of the journey inward through original writing, choreography and music by Portland artists.

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Till There Was You

    by Julie Michaels

    Theatre/Comedy

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Till There Was You

    by Julie Michaels

     

    directed by Julie Michaels

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Feb 1 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Reserve online at http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    Glittering Broadway and radio stars Frank and Annie O’Connor are up to their eyeballs…in the three-ring-circus of a brand new thing called...LIVE Television. It is 1957 and Frank has spent their life savings at the track. The Mob wants to see the fat lady sing. Their very public, and all too frequently dramatic, “All-American” 20-year marriage is suddenly on the rocks with a relationship scandal only a day before Till There Was You airs.  The LAST thing they want to do is a show – together!  The ONLY thing they can do ... is a show together.  This fast-paced ‘show-within-a-show” hosts an incredibly colorful ensemble cast who are (in their backstage lives) the complete antithesis of their “white bread Donna Reed” images in front of the camera on the TV show. Harking back to the day of the classic Screwball Comedy days of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell – it is an I Love Lucy meets Noises Off in this in-the-trenches peek into entertainment world fun. *Award-Winner Semi-Finalist in the National TV Comedy Pilot Division for SCRIPTAPALOOZA & Quarter-Finalist in the National NexTV Competition for TV.

     

  • Action/Adventure Theatre presents

    To Be Determined: A Cavalcade of Awesome

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Action/Adventure Theatre presents

    To Be Determined: A Cavalcade of Awesome

     

    Venue:  Action/Adventure Theatre

    1050 SE Clinton St, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 27, 28 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $10 at the door

     

    Action/Adventure Theatre is super excited to present TBD: A Cavalcade of Awesome. Will there be a reading or two of new plays? Probably. Live music of some kind? That’s a safe bet. Work-in-progress showings of new devised pieces being worked on by friends of Action/Adventure? More than likely. Comedy? Dance? Playwright death matches? New performance pieces we don’t even know about yet? A literary mixtape? Yes? No? Maybe? We can’t really tell you right now, but we know it is going to be rad. More details will be forthcoming post the publication of this Festival Guide, so check actionadventure.org for updates.

     

  • PHAME Academy presents

    Unlimited Ambition: A Collection of Short Plays

    by the students of PHAME Academy

    Theatre

    Reading

     

    PHAME Academy presents

    Unlimited Ambition: A Collection of Short Plays

    by the students of PHAME Academy

     

    directed by Jessica Dart;  playrighting instructor Francesca Piantadosi

     

    Venue:  Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Mezzanine

    128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Date: Feb 1 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $15

     

    Playwrights from PHAME Academy, the Portland region’s fine and performing arts academy for adults with developmental disabilities, present readings of original short plays performed by local professional actors. Comedy, drama, adventure and fantasy collide as PHAME’s talented writers share their unfettered creativity.

     

  • PlayWrite, Inc. presents

    Word.Voice.

    Written & directed by PlayWrite graduates

    Theater

    Staged Reading

     

    PlayWrite, Inc. presents

    Word.Voice.

    Written & directed by PlayWrite graduates

     

    Venue:  Main Stage at the Gerding Theater at the Armory

    128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  FREE and open to the public!

     

    Word.Voice. is a showcase of one-act plays, character sketches and spoken word pieces written and directed by young writers who have graduated from PlayWrite’s intensive, multi-week workshop. These pieces dive into the heart of conflict and emotional truth, and are the culmination of many hours of hard work. Now, cast with professional actors, these courageous, heartfelt works are ready for an audience! Join us in a celebration of these amazing young artists!  Formed in 2003, PlayWrite, Inc. uses the power of performance in art to transform the lives of youth at the edge. Learn more at www.playwriteinc.org.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Zombiella

    by SunBear Theaters

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Zombiella

    by SunBear Theaters

    score by Kevin Muir

     

    directed by Paul Bright

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 26 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $10; (door) $15

     

    When Aunt Marlene disappears from the morgue, Rocky seeks the help of astute, beautiful, hard-boiled detective Betty Blue. A Baron, a piper, body-snatching, broads, booze, brawls and, yes, hold on to your brains — zombies!

     

MUSICAL THEATRE

 

Sometimes the best way to tell a story is to reach out and touch the souls of audiences through playing those metaphorical heartstrings. From indy to opera to rock & roll to quintessential musical theatre, come check out the sheer variety of musical integration into innovative new work for the stage. Creativity abounds!

  • SPECTRE Productions in association with triangle productions! presents

    4x4=Musicals

    by Bryce Earhart, Diane Englert, William S. Gregory, Wayne Harrel, Mark LaPierre, Valory Lawrence, Paul Lewis, Kurt Misar, Eric Nordin, Jen Raynak, Wendy Wallace

    Musical Theatre

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    SPECTRE Productions in association with triangle productions! presents

    4x4=Musicals

    by Bryce Earhart, Diane Englert, William S. Gregory, Wayne Harrel, Mark LaPierre, Valory Lawrence, Paul Lewis, Kurt Misar, Eric Nordin, Jen Raynak, Wendy Wallace

     

    directed by Diane Englert & Jamie M. Rea

    music directed by Eric Nordin

    choreography by Virginia Belt, Jamey Hampton, Lane Hunter, Sara Martins, Megan Misslin, Cherie Price

     

    Venue:  The Sanctuary at triangle productions!

    1785 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97232

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 17 - 25

     

    Tickets:  $18-20; $15 Thursdays

     

    Honey, I shrunk the musicals!  Back for a third season of all new works, 4x4=Musicals has realized that producing musicals on a tiny 4-foot platform has become too easy. So this year, they all need to DANCE! That’s right! Seven brand new musicals will twirl and leap as well as sing. Pirates, Sheep, Mad Cattle, Claustrophobics and more come together to prove once again that less is more.

     

  • Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

    Theatre/Music/Dance/Comedy

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

     

    directed by David Saffert

     

    choreography by TriptheDark Dance Company

     

    Venue:  Curious Comedy Theater

    5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 25, 31, Feb 1 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $12 advance, $15 at door

     

    Consider yourself cordially invited to David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza!  IV. In some parts of the world “IV” is a very unlucky number, but that's not going to stop me!  This variety show can't go wrong with all the piano and comedy I have in store.  Listen to these spectacular guests I've assembled!  My fancy musical theatre friend Sammuel Hawkins will join me on some bawdy songs from the late 1920’s.  Rumor has it he’s bringing a ukulele.  And I’ve got some exciting dancers from TriptheDark Dance Company who really know how to surprise an audience!  And we’ll be rounding out the evening with celebrities Truman Capote and Liza Minnelli. Wait... WHAT? As usual, if you don’t want your kids learning any new words or sexual positions, don’t bring ‘em.  Make this almost-39-year-old guy happy and come enjoy the show!

     

  • The Skidmore Bluffs & Untitled Productions present

    Revival

    book and music by Josh Gulotta

    additional lyrics by Andrew Fridae, Daniel Brian Jones & Laura Hallman

    Theatre/Music

    Premiere

     

    The Skidmore Bluffs & Untitled Productions present

    Revival

    book and music by Josh Gulotta

    additional lyrics by Andrew Fridae, Daniel Brian Jones & Laura Hallman

     

    directed by Josh Gulotta

     

    Venue:  The Little Church

    5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7pm (see Dear Momma at 8:30pm)

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30 - Feb 8

     

    Tickets:  $10, with Dear Momma $15

     

    Join Reverend Isaac Noble and his band, the Roving Wheels of Christ, as they explore God’s impact on the world today through song. Covering topics such as the Great Recession, religious hypocrisy, arbitrary deities, and living legends such as the prophets Michael and Lazarus, Revival offers hardline opinions (and questions) on the Heavenly Father, religious leaders, and how their choices impact the lives of ordinary Americans everyday.

     

  • Jazz Me Blues Productions presents

    The Past is Calling

    book by Dennis Nyback, lyrics & music by Buck Evans

    Theatre/Musical

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Jazz Me Blues Productions presents

    The Past is Calling

    book by Dennis Nyback

    lyrics & music by Buck Evans

     

    directed by Dennis Nyback

     

    Venue: Pacific Northwest College of Art

    1241 NW Johnson, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 24, 25, 26 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $25

     

    Hot Jazz + Cool Gangsters + Flaming Youth + Fox Trotting + Burning Desire + Charleston Dancing + Fervid Love + Prohibition Liquor + Intoxicating Romance = The Roaring Twenties. Add time travel and you have the new musical The Past is Calling. Leo Daedalus stars as Bill, a modern young man who is catapulted from today back to 1926. He lands in the Blue Lantern Casino in Hudson Lake, Indiana. There he meets the gangster Nick, his girlfriend Mabel and the flapper Dora. He also meets the jazz men in the house band featuring Bix, Frankie, Itzy and Pee Wee. Bill is befriended by the old pro singer Red. Red has Bill write lyrics for the music composed by the band’s piano player Itzy. He also has Bill sing with the band. Bill also falls in love. The fast-paced story is sped along with 10 new toe-tapping, and torchy, songs by Buck Evans. Buck is known as “The Ragtime Wonder of the Frozen North” in Alaska. All will be played by a red hot jazz band whose members are all in the cast. What happens is the stuff that dreams are made of.  You won’t want to miss the world premiere of The Past is Calling.

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Temporary Man

    music by Scott David Bradner, lyrics & book by A. R. MacGregor

    Reading/Music

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Temporary Man

    music by Scott David Bradner

    lyrics & book by A. R. MacGregor

     

    directed by J. Scott Lapp

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Jan 26 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Purchase tickets online at  http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    Set in a high-society restaurant during its opening week, a disgruntled ex-employee returns with a vengeance, holding the patrons and staff hostage in his drunken rage. It is now up to the unlikely group of hostages to fight against the madman and themselves for survival. The Temporary Man toys with the idea of second chances. Do we take the path that will lead to longevity in success and life, or do we make the off-hand choice for short-lived satisfaction, leaving us as just that: a temporary man?

     

  • GREATHOUSE of Music, Dance and Accordion Cabaret presents

    You Do Speak English, Don’t You?

    by Mark & Helena Greathouse

    Comedy with Singing/Dance

    Premiere

     

    GREATHOUSE of Music, Dance and Accordion Cabaret presents

    You Do Speak English, Don’t You?

    by Mark & Helena Greathouse

    music composed by Mark Greathouse

     

    Venue:  Milepost 5 Theatre, Blackbox

    850 NE 81st Ave, Portland OR 97213

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 25, Feb 1 @ 4pm

     

    Tickets:  PWYC

     

    Mark and Helena Greathouse, an international husband and wife musical performance duo, present their one hour performance, You Do Speak English, Don’t You? as a family friendly, lively cabaret style program. The show features Mark’s own songs interspersed with short, humorous dialogues highlighting challenges they have experienced in their lives. Mark’s compositions range from love songs to ragtime. Helena presents a unique blend of expressive dance and song.  Mark accompanies her on the accordion. Mark is a musician/composer from Portland, and Helena is a singer/actor/dancer originally from Prague, Czech Republic. They have lived in Portland since the 1970s and have performed for many years in the Northwest as well as in several European countries. Each began performing in their youth, Mark with his dad on stage in Portland, and Helena on Czechoslovak National Radio and TV in Prague. Little did they know that, following their professional careers, they would once again be performing and having fun at it. Their stage name is ‘GREATHOUSE of Music’ and they even have a line of CDs. Check out their website at: www.greathouseofmusic.com.

     

DANCE

 

Dance and theatre performance share common (fertile) ground in their development process and often their form. Although founded in the theatre arts, Fertile Ground welcomes this opportunity for audiences to experience a diversity of arts in this festival.

  • Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

    choreography by TriptheDark Dance Company

    Theatre/Music/Dance/Comedy

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Curious Comedy Theater presents

    David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza! IV

    by David Saffert

     

    directed by David Saffert

     

    choreography by TriptheDark Dance Company

     

    Venue:  Curious Comedy Theater

    5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 25, 31, Feb 1 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $12 advance, $15 at door

     

    Consider yourself cordially invited to David Saffert’s Birthday Bashstravaganza!  IV. In some parts of the world “IV” is a very unlucky number, but that's not going to stop me!  This variety show can't go wrong with all the piano and comedy I have in store.  Listen to these spectacular guests I've assembled!  My fancy musical theatre friend Sammuel Hawkins will join me on some bawdy songs from the late 1920’s.  Rumor has it he’s bringing a ukulele.  And I’ve got some exciting dancers from TriptheDark Dance Company who really know how to surprise an audience!  And we’ll be rounding out the evening with celebrities Truman Capote and Liza Minnelli. Wait... WHAT? As usual, if you don’t want your kids learning any new words or sexual positions, don’t bring ‘em.  Make this almost-39-year-old guy happy and come enjoy the show!

     

  • Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring Automal, PDX Dance Collective & Polaris Dance Theatre

    Dance

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring Automal, PDX Dance Collective & Polaris Dance Theatre

     

    Festival Date: January 23 @ 7:30pm

     

    Venue: Polaris Studio Theatre

    1501 SW Taylor St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Tickets: $15; $10 student/senior

    Purchase tickets online at www.polarisdance.org

     

    Automal presents Amends, a series of linked dance pieces that become rituals of intervention, generating a potent antidote. Figurative or not, free samples will be provided; this means there will be some lightweight audience participation.

     

     

    PDX Dance Collective presents excerpts from Seasons, original contemporary choreography by members of PDX Dance Collective: Rachael Brown, Hannah Downs, Elise Ericksen, Gabriel Green and Katelyn Kollinzas. Seasons is a work in progress exploring the growing and changing emotional lifecycle from innocence and purity, to uncontrollable expression and discovering the path toward letting go and finding acceptance and closure.

     

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents a world premiere by Artistic Director and resident Choreographer Robert Guitron.  This brand new work-in-progress features a spoken word soundtrack.

     

  • Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring A-WOL Dance, Bridge City Dance Project & Polaris Dance Theatre

    Dance

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring A-WOL Dance, Bridge City Dance Project & Polaris Dance Theatre

     

    Festival Date: Jan 25 @ 7:30pm

     

    Venue: Polaris Studio Theatre

    1501 SW Taylor St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Tickets: $15; $10 student/senior

    Purchase tickets online at www.polarisdance.org

     

    A-WOL Dance presents an exciting world premiere that features a mix of aerial and floor movement  incorporating a single point trapeze and an invented "aerial pole" apparatus. This piece combines floor movement so smoothly into the air the audience won't be able to tell if performers are floating, flying or dancing.

     

     

     

    Bridge City Dance Project presents A Fight To Become, choreographed by Clarissa Espino and Allison Folley, follows five female dancers as they journey through the feminist movement. The eerie sounds of “Hiding it” by Gustavo Santaolalla and “On the Nature of Daylight” by Max Richter vibrating through the air set a tone of intensity while a fusion of ballet and modern dance expose the adversity felt by women over centuries.

     

     

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents a world premiere by Artistic Director and resident Choreographer Robert Guitron. This brand new work-in-progress features a spoken word soundtrack.

     

  • Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring Collective Northwest, NW Fusion & Polaris Dance Theatre

    Dance

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring Collective Northwest, NW Fusion & Polaris Dance Theatre

     

    Festival Date: Jan 30 @ 7:30pm

     

    Venue: Polaris Studio Theatre

    1501 SW Taylor St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Tickets: $15; $10 student/senior | www.polarisdance.org

    Purchase tickets online at www.polarisdance.org

     

    Collective Northwest presents a world premiere by Mary Hunt exploring themes of isolation and connection, as well as finding support and change.  It explores our fragile inner and outer vulnerability and our determination to transcend through friendship, honesty and trust.

     

    NW Fusion is a pre-professional dance company directed by Brad Hampton.  They will be presenting multiple pieces in a variety of styles, ranging from a classic Bob Fosse piece to contemporary works.

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents a world premiere by Artistic Director and resident Choreographer Robert Guitron. This brand new work-in-progress features a spoken word soundtrack.

     

  • Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring Polaris Jr. Company, Beat BangerZ & Polaris Dance Theatre

    Dance

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring Polaris Jr. Company, Beat BangerZ & Polaris Dance Theatre

     

    Festival Date: Feb 1 @ 7:30pm

     

    Venue: Polaris Studio Theatre

    1501 SW Taylor St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Tickets: $15; $10 student/senior

    Purchase tickets online at www.polarisdance.org

     

    Polaris Jr. Company presents a world premiere by M'liss Stephenson, Jr. Company Director, Dancer and Rehearsal Director for Polaris Dance Theatre. Set to a unique soundtrack of Bill Cosby's stand-up comedy, this company of emerging dance artists will blow you away!

     

    Beat BangerZ presents a thrilling dance world premiere. Beat BangerZ is a tap company based out of Portland that combines styles of rhythm tap with hoofing. The Beat BangerZ are on a mission to expand the boundaries of tap dance in America.

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents a world premiere by Artistic Director and resident Choreographer Robert Guitron. This brand new work-in-progress features a spoken word soundtrack.

     

  • Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring TopShakeDance, Beat BangerZ & Polaris Dance Theatre

    Dance

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring TopShakeDance, Beat BangerZ & Polaris Dance Theatre

     

    Festival Date: Jan 31 @ 7:30pm

     

    Venue: Polaris Studio Theatre

    1501 SW Taylor St, Portland OR 97205

    Tickets: $15; $10 student/senior

     

    Purchase tickets online at www.polarisdance.org

     

    TopShakeDance presents a/bout a duet, a duet of new work created by TopShakeDance for the Groovin’ Greenhouse.  It is a skirmish between two men.

     

     

     

    Beat BangerZ  presents a thrilling dance world premiere. Beat BangerZ is a tap company based out of Portland Oregon that combines styles of rhythm tap with hoofing. The Beat BangerZ are on a mission to expand the boundaries of Tap dance in America.

     

     

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents a world premiere by Artistic Director and resident Choreographer Robert Guitron. This brand new work-in-progress features a spoken word soundtrack.

     

  • Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring TriptheDark Dance Company, Bridge City Dance Project & Polaris Dance Theatre

    Dance

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents

    Groovin’ Greenhouse featuring TriptheDark Dance Company, Bridge City Dance Project & Polaris Dance Theatre

     

    Festival Date: Jan 24 @ 7:30pm

     

    Venue: Polaris Studio Theatre

    1501 SW Taylor St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Tickets: $15; $10 student/senior

    Purchase tickets online at www.polarisdance.org

     

    TriptheDark Dance Company presents Picture Sentence Picture. History, like poetry, is a liar, and though one image may seem to be truth, we can’t help but see it another way. TriptheDark explores this concept through contemporary dance accompanied by the music of over 20 local Portland bands.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bridge City Dance Project presents A Fight To Become, choreographed by Clarissa Espino and Allison Folley, follows five female dancers as they journey through the feminist movement. The eerie sounds of “Hiding it” by Gustavo Santaolalla and “On the Nature of Daylight” by Max Richter vibrating through the air set a tone of intensity while a fusion of ballet and modern dance expose the adversity felt by women over centuries.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Polaris Dance Theatre presents a world premiere by Artistic Director and resident Choreographer Robert Guitron. This brand new work-in-progress features a spoken word soundtrack.

     

  • SubRosa Dance Collective presents

    Heirloom

    Dance with Film

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    SubRosa Dance Collective presents

    Heirloom

     

    Venue:  Clinton Street Theater

    2522 SE Clinton St, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 24, 25, 31; Feb 1 @ 7pm

    Tickets:  $7-$20 sliding scale at the door

     

    SubRosa Dance Collective presents the world premiere of Heirloom, a collection of works that emerged from leaping into the dynamic waters of family narratives and freeing untold stories within ancestry.  As ever, the Collective’s exploration into the tapestries of how we find ourselves in this world renders a performance that is poignant and amusing, sweetly familiar and satisfying.  Like suddenly breathing quietly into the attic of our family homes, the pieces of Heirloom speak to the layers of us that are uncovered, dusted off, opened up and examined.  Joining SubRosa at the Clinton Street Theater for Heirloom are The Paper Circus, a neo-vaudeville spectacle involving acrobatics, juggling and comedy; and dance work by Lindsey Matheis, dancer with Northwest Dance Project and an inspired and impassioned choreographer in her own right. Heirloom is where the memory of our Aunt’s mauve-coated lips is how we know our lips, where our Grandmother’s cradled regret is passed like an heirloom into our chests, where ritual was born, where we often go to make sense of who we are it is the place where nature, nurture and spirit tangle. The Collective teases out this place with movement that is full, intricate and as present as it is indicative of the past.

     

  • TriptheDark Dance Company presents

    Picture Sentence Picture

    choreography by Corinn deWaard, Stephanie Seaman & guests

    Dance

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    TriptheDark Dance Company presents

    Picture Sentence Picture

    choreography by Corinn deWaard, Stephanie Seaman & guests

     

    directed by Corinn deWaard & Stephanie Seaman

     

    music by over 20 Portland bands

     

    Venue:  The Analog Café

    720 SE Hawthorne, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 7pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Feb 8, 9, 15 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  $15

     

    How many translations does it take to change the meaning of a story? If more layers are piled on, is the picture more clear? What if we insert swan tossing, dancing in the dark and kitty snacks – does that help? Picture Sentence Picture follows Nigel and Sophia through a tangled mess of corruption and doppelgangers while picking apart their lives and their connection to one another to understand why. Relationships are funny, fuzzy and fickle, especially when examined through multiples of eyes. History, like poetry, is a liar, and though one image may seem to be truth, we can’t help but see it another way. TriptheDark explores these concepts through contemporary dance accompanied by the music of over 20 Portland bands. You may lose something in translation, but we’re prepared to show you what you gain.

     

  • Rutherford’s Brain presents

    Scenes from the Future

    by Anne Rutherford, Caren Graham, Ken Iverson, Rick Huddle & Sumi Wu

    choreography by Sumi Wu

    Theatre/Dance

    Fully Staged World Premiere

     

    Rutherford’s Brain presents

    Scenes from the Future

    by Anne Rutherford, Caren Graham, Ken Iverson, Rick Huddle & Sumi Wu

     

    directed by Anne Rutherford

     

    choreography by Sumi Wu

     

    Venue:  Main Hall Stage, Grace Memorial Episcopal

    1535 NE 17th, Portland OR 97232

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, Feb 1, 2 @ 8pm; Feb 1, 2 @ 4pm

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30-Feb 2

     

    Tickets:  $12 advance, $15 door

    Purchase tickets online at www.scenesfromthefuture.com or 503.830.2398

     

    Five performers dazzle you with scenes from four brand new solo shows. Go down the rabbit hole with Anne Rutherford as Mad Hatter, Red Queen and more in her one-woman Alice in Wonderland. Groove to a new piece by storyteller and dancer Rick Huddle, who found his life’s calling by bawling in front of a group of preschoolers. Whet your appetite as actor Caren Graham dishes up her comic take on the Buffet of Life. Dip into the fevered, funny world of Ken Iverson in his original monologue that takes audiences from The Principal’s Office to the Sock-Hop – and beyond! Four riveting scenes spliced together by the earthy yet ethereal dance of Sumi Wu, accompanied by some of the best live music in town. Enjoy this complete show that also previews the best PDX solo theatre for 2014. Be the first to see the future!  (Space helmets optional.)

     

  • Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center presents

    Sincerely,

    directed & written by Ucce Agada

    choreography by Cami Curtis & Hillary Hart

    Dance/Theatre

    Premiere

     

    Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center presents

    Sincerely,

    directed & written by Ucce Agada

    choreography by Cami Curtis & Hillary Hart

     

    Venue: Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center

    1932 W Burnside St, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 25, 26, Feb 1, 2 @ 1pm; Jan 25, Feb 1 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Sincerely, is an eclectic, multi-performance art piece scripted as concurrent letters between two lovers. These letters take us on a compelling journey; stitched together to tell individual occurrences of parted lovers, as its contents jump in seamlessly and out of dialogue into theatrical dance performances. Set in two locations, Chicago and Italy, each character reveals an account of their lives since the day they parted.

     

STAGED READINGS

 

Most works of theatre take a journey before they hit the stage as a world premiere. A staged reading is one point in that trajectory. A staged reading involves more than sharing a script -- it involves actors bringing a script to life, some stage movement and sometimes much more. These inexpensive readings feature some of Portland’s finest playwrights and best actors and will give you a unique glimpse into the plays that will grace stages as the world premieres of the future.

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Against Nature

    by Matt Russell & Beth Damiano

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Against Nature

    by Matt Russell & Beth Damiano

     

    directed by Matt Russell

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 1pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    A broken, drug-addled woman tries to exact revenge on the man who murdered her brother years earlier. She writes vitriolic letters to him and he responds from prison.  Meanwhile a young Christian befriends a gay man to help him overcome his homophobia. As these two stories unfold we come to see the interconnection and also how the choices we make affect ourselves and our world.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Eat Your Words, Dear

    by John Servilio

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Eat Your Words, Dear

    by John Servilio

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 3pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Eat Your Words, Dear offers two food-filled shows of literary absurdism. In Two Starches, Mary makes a stuffed shell dinner, special, just for her grown son, but he doesn't get to have bread with it? Fuhgeddaboudit! Mary has her reasons for this hiccup in familial bliss, but it ain’t gonna be pretty. In Expiration, a radio play, a library is turned into a fast-food stand. Judith is losing control of her life, her family, and the English language, as her library’s funding dwindles for lack of interest. And now her husband, a man confined to an iron lung, has fallen into a stupor. Enter the asthmatic son who hates libraries, his Indian friend who speaks better English than he does, and a chatty rat exterminator who seems to have read only one book in the library, the Bible, and you have a dish best served with a sense of humor. Expiration is a quirky, yet poignant, story of a man’s fading memory of his father, of a woman’s world rapidly changing before her ears, and an allegory of the conjunction of language and capitalism.

     

  • New Century Players presents

    Entanglement

    by Kevin Yell

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    New Century Players presents

    Entanglement

    by Kevin Yell

     

    directed by Colin Murray

     

    Festival Performance (Semi-staged)

    January 30, 8PM.

    Body Vox Studio, NW 17th Ave,

    Portland, OR 97209

     

    Full production: January 24 - February 2,

    Rex Putnam Black Box Theatre

    4950 SE Roethe Rd,

    Milwaukie OR 97267

     

    Tickets:  $12

     

    What might the theory of Quantum Entanglement, which Einstein called “spooky science,” teach us about love?  Or what sexual desire teaches us about the science of quantum connection?  What are the unseen threads that tug at our hearts, or spontaneously spin a particle in space?  Is it the same energy in different guises? In the world of the Corrington family and their longtime neighbors the play title’s meaning is to be expected – relationships interconnected with layers of history, significance and baggage.  To the quantum physicist that their daughter Sophie becomes, it represents the discovery of a groundbreaking connection between nuclear particles with implications for the future of science and the world. Science and relationships both move forward because of the same three things – gathering information, correct and incorrect interpretation of what we think we know, and the stories we tell that weave it all together. It isn’t easy, and even Einstein got it wrong occasionally. Entanglement is a very human, inter-generational story of family life in a changing world, told with humor and compassion, where the strands of past, present and future interweave, and integrating the facts depends on the stories we choose to retell or let go and reinvent.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Kleptofamilia

    by Gary Corbin

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Kleptofamilia

    by Gary Corbin

     

    directed by Ciji Guerin

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 3pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    A newly divorced middle-aged woman copes with the sudden drop in her standard of living by stealing. At first it’s little stuff from friends and family, but it soon escalates out of her control. Her kids, her ex and new boyfriend-wannabe don’t know what to do with her…until one of them comes up with a nasty little idea.

     

  • RLP presents

    Mad Genre

    by Jason Ferté

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    RLP presents

    Mad Genre

    by Jason Ferté

     

    directed by Jason Ferté

     

    Venue:  Brody Theater

    16 NW Broadway, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 24, 25 @ 10pm

     

    Tickets:  $8 advance/$10 at the door

     

    Thrills, chills, laughs and more thrills!  “Mad Genre” is four short one-act plays each centered on a unique female character: in “Getaway Girl” a mob driver makes a fatal mistake during a robbery, but will her employers forgive her or cut their losses?  In “Snow Like Thunder” a lonely vampire falls in love with a graduate student who harbors a terrible secret.  In “Two For Tuesday” a young woman discovers she’s set two blind dates for the same day in the same restaurant – oops!  And a sultry bartender in “Siren’s Call” needs all her wiles to stay one step ahead of blackmail, true love, and the law, and still keep all the loot from a perfectly planned heist.   What ties these four striking female characters together?  The same actress plays all four!  Come see Grace Beckett star in the world premiere staged reading of – “Mad Genre.”   Also in the show are the amazing Matthew Barnett, Michael Godsey, Ian Kane, and Emma Wykes Ruhlig.  Warning: adult content, very adult!

  • Jewish Theatre Collaborative presents

    Memory’s Landscape

    conceived & adapted by Jamie M. Rea & Sacha Reich

    Theatre/Literary Arts

    Staged Reading

     

    Jewish Theatre Collaborative presents

    Memory’s Landscape

    conceived & adapted by Jamie M. Rea & Sacha Reich

     

    directed by Wendy Wilcox

     

    Venues:  Milagro Theatre | 525 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97214

    Mittleman Jewish Community Center | 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR 97219

    Lincoln Hall, Studio Theatre at PSU | 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland OR 97201

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 26 @ 7pm, Milagro Theatre; Jan 27 @ 7pm, MJCC; Jan 28 @ 7pm, Lincoln Hall

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 26-28

     

    Tickets:  $10 with password fertileground

    Purchase tickets online at www.jewishtheatrecollaborative.org/footnotes

     

    Memory’s Landscape: mythology is more potent than history. Get on the bus! Your itinerary includes bustling cosmopolitan streets, mosquito-infested swamps, a utopian society in action and a pit stop on the playground of a war memorial.  Neither history lesson nor fact finding expedition, this theatrical excursion through Israel walks the path of memory.  As with previous JTC Fertile Ground offerings, Café Baghdad and Taster’s Choice, Memory’s Landscape treats audience to the thrilling convergence of literature and performing arts.  This original performance features Sam Mowry, Sam Dinkowitz and Jamie M. Rea and is part of JTC’s Page2Stage Season which climaxes with a world premiere adaptation of Meir Shalev’s novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, March 22-April 12 at Milagro Theatre.

     

  • Portland Playhouse & The August Wilson Red Door Project present

    My Walk has Never Been Average

    by Roberta S. Hunte and Bonnie Ratner

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    Portland Playhouse & The August Wilson Red Door Project present

    My Walk has Never Been Average

    by Roberta S. Hunte

    adapted for the stage by Bonnie Ratner

     

    directed by Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly

     

    Venue:  Portland Playhouse

    602 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Date: Feb 1 @ 7:30pm

     

    Tickets:  SOLD OUT

     

    My Walk Has Never Been Average is a compelling, multi-media presentation based on the lives of women whose stories are never told. Adapted for the stage from in-depth, first-person interviews with Black women in all aspects of construction, these stories reveal great inner strength and accomplishment in the face of the multiple oppressions facing Black working-class women in America. These are stories of families and communities, of fighting for survival and achieving success, and of relationship dynamics when women move out of nontraditional roles. With humor, courage and gut-wrenching honesty, the women of My Walk Has Never Been Average will open your mind and touch your heart.  The August Wilson Red Door Project will host a talk back following the performance. Sponsored by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Over

    by Dave Chapman

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Over

    by Dave Chapman

     

    directed by Dave Chapman

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 1pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Jack and Nicole are through. But before Jack can walk out the door and leave forever, Nicole’s sister Tabitha arrives unexpectedly. She’s acting disoriented. She must be drunk. But how did she get there? Where’s her car? And how does she so easily escape their watchful eyes at the hospital? While Tabitha befriends Nicole’s sad-sack neighbor, Jack struggles to discover what has happened to her…or what she has done. No one is prepared for the disturbing truth, as each in turn learns the consequences of sacrificing too much to please someone else.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Shadows

    by Redmond Reams

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Shadows

    by Redmond Reams

     

    directed by JJ Harris

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Mark is an abused toddler who goes from his birth home, through foster care, to his adoptive home.  Mark keeps his emotional distance from adoptive parents Rachel and Tom, who are eager to give him their love, yet struggle to understand him given their own history of loss.  We see the intersection of these three individuals; their pain, their self-protection, their yearning for connection, their shared misunderstanding and their difficult pathway forward together.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Short Works

    by P-Town Playwrights

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Short Works

    by P-Town Playwrights

     

    directed by Susan Faust

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Through Thick and Thin: The Further Exploits of Ubu Roi by Susan Faust. On the eve of (un)natural disaster, Mr. Thick, mayor of Big Town, and his wily roommate, Mr. Thin, duke it out in their penthouse apartment.  Along comes Ms. Broad...but will anyone survive?  In the grand absurdist tradition of the Ubu Roi, this play may (or may not) answer life’s little nagging questions.

     

    Objects May Shift During Flight written and directed by Miriam Feder. We’ve all heard the warning. But some odd realignments ensue in a world of excessive stuff: animal, mineral and pickle.

     

    Elective Surgery by Alan Fitch. A routine case of the blues takes a macabre turn for the worse when Bill Harmon seeks help from overly zealous psychiatrist Dr. Grosz.  Sometimes the “cure” really is worse than the disease.

     

    Carbon Coping by Rich Rubin. Will talk of carbon emissions thwart an intimate moment?  Don’t you just hate when that happens?

     

    Nebraska by Heather Thiel. In 2008, Nebraska’s safe-haven law lets overwhelmed parents abandon children of any age at hospitals. OCD teen Rob and wild sister Minda are just visiting to see their Lakota birthplace and grab a green jello at the cafeteria…right?

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again—The Teaser

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again—The Teaser

     

    Venue:  The Armory, Mezzanine

    128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 31 @ Noon

     

    Tickets: FREE

     

    For this “teaser” event, we’ll share Brad Bolchunos’ The Flimflam Shamble, John Servilio’s Two Starches, and more. Come to the Armory Mezzanine for a lunchtime taste of the fun, then come to Hipbone Studio for a full plate of goodies at 7pm.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again

    by PDX Playwrights

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Show Us Your Shorts, Again

    by PDX Playwrights

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 31 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    They are Afraid of you, Shawn by Kate Belden. Claire and Sam barely bite back words of accusation and frustration as they broach the subject of medicating their son Shawn.  Their environment is just as aggressive, changing with each turn of the discussion. Does Shawn stand a chance in this jungle? The Flimflam Shamble by Brad Bolchunos. William “Flimflam” Barrington strives to see the world in a magical way and his vision might be contagious. But one day in a train station, an encounter threatens to unleash his greatest fear.

     

    Irrespective Perspective by Brad Bolchunos. Danvers leads his life with a curious literary tic. Fiona seethes with a secret.  When their paths cross in a rare book room brimming with other quirky individuals, absurdity blooms.

     

    Cue by Michael Cooper. Four Hamlets find themselves caught in an existential dilemma while waiting for a cue.

     

    Replacing Jack by John Donelly. Marcie is so confused. She found Jack, the man of her dreams, but now wants to replace him with another man of her dreams. But are they literally of her dreams? And what about the new man she meets?

     

    Two Starches by John Servilio. Mary makes a stuffed shell dinner, special, just for her grown son, but he doesn't get to have bread with it? Fuhgeddaboudit! Mary has her reasons for this hiccup in familial bliss, but it ain’t gonna be pretty.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    The Strangest Story Ever Told

    by Clinton Kelly Clark

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    The Strangest Story Ever Told

    by Clinton Kelly Clark

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 2 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    There’s gold in Thomas Bay; Harry knows it. The only problem is everyone Harry sends up there comes back empty-handed, not to mention out of his mind. Harry’s prospectors tell pieces of a grizzly story – something is out there and it’s not playing nice. The native people call it the Kushtaka – the protectors of the Bay of Death. A true story about all the “gold” in our lives and what we risk to get it.

     

  • The Truth According to Rose & Merrily Down the Stream

    by D.C. Copeland

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    The Truth According to Rose & Merrily Down the Stream

    by D.C. Copeland

     

    Venue:  Independent Publishing Resource Center

    1001 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates: Feb 1 @ 4:30pm

     

    Tickets: $5 suggested donation

     

    The Truth According to Rose is directed by Alana Byington. How do we grieve the loss of a partner? In this one-act, Rose has never let go of her husband, George. Are the dead really gone once they depart this earthly realm or do they continue to live inside of us, as in Rose's case.  It features Vana O’Brien, Marc Hakim, and Scott Parker. In Merrily Down the Stream, two teenagers have been standing in front of their lockers for, it appears, an eternity. They love each other but cannot connect to one another for more than a passing moment. As the play continues, the violent dinging of a bell represents phases in their relationship. Laura has a tortured past from which she dissociates in fantasy, whereas John speaks of his future successes. Their passion for one another twists and forms the shape of the play while their discussion remains focused on menial subjects until the climactic end. It features Andy Lee-Hillstrom and Danielle Purdy with direction by Avital Shira.

     

  • Readers Theatre Repertory presents

    Theodore & Di

    by David Berkson

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    Readers Theatre Repertory presents

    Theodore & Di

    by David Berkson

     

    directed by David Berkson

     

    Venue:  Northwest Academy Blue Box Theatre

    1130 SW Main St., Portland OR 97205

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30pm

     

    Tickets:  $10 advance: $12 door

     

    A romantic-tragedy-melancholy-comedy. Diana is a driven and overachieving professional; Theodore an eccentric video store clerk with a unique and sometimes troubling set of social skills. The couple’s awkward and often hilarious early romantic misfires develop into an unexpected bond that’s as deep as it is fragile. David Berkson’s new play, which draws in equal measure from Cameron Crowe and Dostoyevsky, stars Andy Lee-Hillstrom, Elizabeth Garrett, Christy Drogosch and Jeffrey Arrington.

     All Readers Theatre Repertory productions are a project of Story Federation.

     

  • PlayWrite, Inc. presents

    Word.Voice.

    Written & directed by PlayWrite graduates

    Theater

    Staged Reading

     

    PlayWrite, Inc. presents

    Word.Voice.

    Written & directed by PlayWrite graduates

     

    Venue:  Main Stage at the Gerding Theater at the Armory

    128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Date:  Jan 26 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  FREE and open to the public!

     

    Word.Voice. is a showcase of one-act plays, character sketches and spoken word pieces written and directed by young writers who have graduated from PlayWrite’s intensive, multi-week workshop. These pieces dive into the heart of conflict and emotional truth, and are the culmination of many hours of hard work. Now, cast with professional actors, these courageous, heartfelt works are ready for an audience! Join us in a celebration of these amazing young artists!  Formed in 2003, PlayWrite, Inc. uses the power of performance in art to transform the lives of youth at the edge. Learn more at www.playwriteinc.org.

     

  • PDX Playwrights presents

    Zombiella

    by SunBear Theaters

    Theatre

    Staged Reading

     

    PDX Playwrights presents

    Zombiella

    by SunBear Theaters

    score by Kevin Muir

     

    directed by Paul Bright

     

    Venue:  Hipbone Studio

    1847 E Burnside St #104, Portland OR 97214

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 26 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $10; (door) $15

     

    When Aunt Marlene disappears from the morgue, Rocky seeks the help of astute, beautiful, hard-boiled detective Betty Blue. A Baron, a piper, body-snatching, broads, booze, brawls and, yes, hold on to your brains — zombies!

     

READINGS

 

Take a chance! Come listen in as a playwright, with professional actors, shares the dialogue of a script to an audience – sometimes for the first time, sometimes with fresh revisions, always seeking input. This is an important step in the development of a play and your opportunity to participate.

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Aged to Perfection

    by Veronica Esagui & Linda Kuhlmann

    Theatre/Light Comedy

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Aged to Perfection

    by Veronica Esagui & Linda Kuhlmann

     

    directed by Nancy McDonald

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Jan 25 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Purchase tickets online at http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    Aged to Perfection is a light comedy about life and the pursuit of happiness. Be prepared to laugh and even cry because Aged to Perfection will most likely touch your heart.  Set in a rundown vineyard estate in Oregon, the time is the present. Maggie Dubois and her dysfunctional family inherit the estate which comes with three senior ladies, friends of the deceased. Upon the reading of the will, Maggie Dubois’ family finds out that as long as the three old ladies are alive, they cannot be displaced and the estate cannot be sold. Veronica Esagui and Linda Kuhlmann have a long history of theatre accomplishments. Esagui was the theatre producer of the longest-running dinner theatre in New Jersey and is the author of the musical plays: Broadville I, II, III, The Time Machine, The Black Panther Cried, and the memoir series: The Journey of Innocence, Braving a New World,  Awakening the Woman Within, Angels Among US and The Gift. Kuhlmann is the author of Koenig’s Wonder and The Red Boots. Nancy McDonald, the director, founded the Shakespeare Stage Company in New York and The Writer’s Lab in Hollywood and teaches a wide variety of performance-related courses.

     

  • Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    Flash Reads at Artists Rep

    new work by Playwrights West

    Theatre

    Reading

     

    Artists Repertory Theatre presents

    Flash Reads at Artists Rep

    new work by Playwrights West

     

    Venue:  Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage

    1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR 97206

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 27, 28 @ 7:30pm

     

    Tickets:  PWYC; at the door or reserve at www.artistsrep.org

     

    Gather with us to hear a stripped-down-to-the-words, brand-spanking-new play from one of Playwrights West’s cadre of seasoned Portland playwrights. Flash Reads are simply presented with music stands, stools, and actors with an unannounced play script. You’ll get to hear a new work at the start of its development – and we promise it will be an exciting ride.

     

    Playwrights West is a professional theatre company focused on presenting top-level productions of its members' work and supporting development of original work in Portland. Member playwrights: Debbie Lamedman, Karin Magaldi, Ellen Margolis, Steve Patterson, Andrea Stolowitz, Andrew Wardenaar, Claire Willett, Patrick Wohlmut and Matthew B. Zrebski.

     

    Calumnies­­­­­

    A new play by Ellen Margolis

    Directed by Gemma Whelan

     

    January 27 @ 7:30pm

     

    Adult Content

     

    Based on a real-life crime of passion, Calumnies is a tale of sex and scandal, race and revenge.  The story unfolds in 1820s Kentucky, where old-world society meets wild western free-for-all, and the only thing rougher than the politics are the love affairs. Scraping by on the outskirts of Frankfort, Olivia Burke leads a precariously independent life. Her father is dead, her mother is bedridden, and her affair with Leopold Brass, a family man and aspiring politician, cannot end well.  Enter Obediah Dupree, a naïve and feverishly romantic young man who would like to cast himself as the hero in her story.  When Olivia becomes pregnant, the pressures increase--and secrets, lies, and slanders become the currency of her world. Cast:Matthew DiBiasio, Kayla Lian, James Peck, Jameson Tabor, Ithica Tell

     

    Ellen Margolis is a founding member of Playwrights West and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her plays include Splasher (Drammy Award, 2012), Signing the Papers, What We Thought, A Little Chatter, American Soil, and How to Draw Mystical Creatures.  Her work has been produced throughout the United States and has appeared in publications from Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, and JAC Press.  She has been recognized with commissions and honors by Mile Square Theatre, the New York International Theatre Festival, the Trustus Playwrights Festival, and the National 10-Minute Play Contest.

     

     

    Carter Hall

    A new play by Claire Willett

    Featuring the music of Steeleye Span

    Directed by Megan Kate Ward

    Music Performed by: Claire and Ken Willett

     

    Jan 28 @ 7:30pm

     

    Janet Carter and her young daughter Lucy spend every summer in a vacation rental cottage at Carter Hall, the crumbling old manor that once belonged to Janet's family and is now a Historical Society-owned tourist trap.  Janet has nothing more pressing in mind for the next few months than lazy time with her daughter (a hyper-imaginative child whose hobbies include practicing exorcisms and pretending to be a ninja),  reminiscences with Alec, the ancient gardener who has known her all her life - and perhaps a little summer flirtation with Alec's handsome new assistant Thomas.  But when the boy in the cottage next door goes missing on Midsummer Eve, Janet and Lucy are pulled headlong into a supernatural mystery that forces them both to confront the hidden reality that magical forces are at work in their daily lives.  To rescue the boy, Thomas risks losing Janet forever by revealing the truth about who he really is - a fugitive from the fairy underworld hiding under Alec's protection.  Janet, Thomas and Lucy set forth on a dark and dangerous quest to the mist-shrouded land of the fairies, braving dangerous creatures, impossible riddles, and the darkest secrets of their own hearts to rescue the missing child and bring him home.

     

    Claire Willett is a company member of Playwrights West and was named the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama and the summer 2011 Writer-In-Residence at the I-Park Artists’ Colony in East Haddam, CT.  Her play Dear Galileo was produced in March 2013 in the Hothouse New Play Development Series at Pasadena Playhouse. A founding Fertile Ground Festival artist, Claire has produced a staged reading in every festival since its 2009 inception, including Upon Waking (2009); How the Light Gets In (2010); That Was the River, This Is the Sea, co-written with Gilberto Martin del Campo (2011); Dear Galileo (2012), which was produced by Artists Repertory Theatre and funded by a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission; and The Witch of the Iron Wood (2013), a chamber opera based on Norse mythology co-written with Portland composer Evan Lewis. Claire has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Whitman College in Washington, and is a graduate of the Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.

     

    “Flash Reads” is a new partnership between Artists Repertory Theatre and Playwrights West to present stripped-down world premiere readings of new works-in-progress by the award-winning Portland writers of Playwrights West.

     

     

  • The Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents

    Love is Enough

    by Donna Barrow-Green

    Theatre

    Reading

     

    The Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents

    Love is Enough

    by Donna Barrow-Green

     

    directed by Chrisse Roccaro

     

    Venue: The Old Church

    1422 SW 11th St, Portland OR 97201

     

    Festival Date: Jan 28 @ 10am

     

    Tickets: $8 at the door

     

    It’s the 1960s: LBJ, Vietnam, women libbers — and Gladys is trapped in her role as a typical housewife. Her life revolves around the needs of her husband, Mike, and her son, Joey. But Gladys has a dream: she dreams of writing romance novels. She dreams of a world inhabited by a lovely young woman — perhaps named Jill Brentwood or Rachel Winters — who studies fashion design in Paris where she happens to meet a handsome stranger whose deep brown eyes look directly into her heart. His name could be Daniel O’Connor, Tom Griffin, or...perhaps...Marcos Van Dirk! The fantastic world of Gladys’ imagination collides with her stifling reality when Marcos suddenly comes to life and she is forced to choose between being a housewife and her romantic dreams. The comedy Love is Enough is written by Portland playwright Donna Barrow-Green and directed by Chrisse Roccaro. The cast includes Emily Sahler as Gladys; Brian Allard as her husband, Mike; Bryce Earhart as their son, Joey; and Gilberto Martin Del Campo as the dreamy hero, Marcos Van Dirk. Love is Enough is produced by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, whose mission is to serve and support the Portland theatre community. Please join us at 10am for coffee before the reading.

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Haunting of Childhood

    by Gregory Neil Forbes

    Theatre/Drama

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Haunting of Childhood

    by Gregory Neil Forbes

     

    directed by Nancy McDonald

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S. State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Jan 28 @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Purchase tickets online at http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    The Haunting of childhood when nightmares become reality. Shayla Stone is a young girl who lives on a ranch in Eastern Oregon with her father, Tom Stone, and their housekeeper, Emma Miller. Her world has been turned upside down by the drowning death of her mother four months prior. She has been increasingly haunted by dreams of her dead mother begging for help in some dark place. Friend of the family, Dr. Caine’s attempts to help Shayla come to terms with the loss of her mother have not helped, rather the visions continue to worsen to the point where the family is worried about the deteriorating state of Shayla’s mental health. In a desperate attempt to help Shayla realize the visions of her mother are not real, but only in her mind, her Aunt Lucinda asks for the help of Dr. Samuel Moore who is a professor of parapsychology in Portland, and his two associates. As their investigation progresses, they find Shayla’s visions are more than mere dreams, but have sinister undertones of reality. In a final attempt to get to the truth, Shayla is hypnotized, whereupon all hell breaks loose and dream and reality come together.

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Temporary Man

    music by Scott David Bradner

    lyrics & book by A. R. MacGregor

    Reading/Music

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    The Temporary Man

    music by Scott David Bradner

    lyrics & book by A. R. MacGregor

     

    directed by J. Scott Lapp

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Jan 26 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Purchase tickets online at  http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    Set in a high-society restaurant during its opening week, a disgruntled ex-employee returns with a vengeance, holding the patrons and staff hostage in his drunken rage. It is now up to the unlikely group of hostages to fight against the madman and themselves for survival. The Temporary Man toys with the idea of second chances. Do we take the path that will lead to longevity in success and life, or do we make the off-hand choice for short-lived satisfaction, leaving us as just that: a temporary man?

     

  • Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Till There Was You

    by Julie Michaels

    Theatre/Comedy

    Reading

     

    Lakewood Theatre Company presents

    Till There Was You

    by Julie Michaels

     

    directed by Julie Michaels

     

    Venue: Lakewood Theatre

    368 S State St, Lake Oswego OR 97034

     

    Festival Date: Feb 1 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $10

    Reserve online at http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/ or 503.635.3901

     

    Glittering Broadway and radio stars Frank and Annie O’Connor are up to their eyeballs…in the three-ring-circus of a brand new thing called...LIVE Television. It is 1957 and Frank has spent their life savings at the track. The Mob wants to see the fat lady sing. Their very public, and all too frequently dramatic, “All-American” 20-year marriage is suddenly on the rocks with a relationship scandal only a day before Till There Was You airs.  The LAST thing they want to do is a show – together!  The ONLY thing they can do ... is a show together.  This fast-paced ‘show-within-a-show” hosts an incredibly colorful ensemble cast who are (in their backstage lives) the complete antithesis of their “white bread Donna Reed” images in front of the camera on the TV show. Harking back to the day of the classic Screwball Comedy days of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell – it is an I Love Lucy meets Noises Off in this in-the-trenches peek into entertainment world fun. *Award-Winner Semi-Finalist in the National TV Comedy Pilot Division for SCRIPTAPALOOZA & Quarter-Finalist in the National NexTV Competition for TV.

     

  • PHAME Academy presents

    Unlimited Ambition: A Collection of Short Plays

    by the students of PHAME Academy

    Theatre

    Reading

     

    PHAME Academy presents

    Unlimited Ambition: A Collection of Short Plays

    by the students of PHAME Academy

     

    directed by Jessica Dart;  playrighting instructor Francesca Piantadosi

     

    Venue:  Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Mezzanine

    128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Date: Feb 1 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $15

     

    Playwrights from PHAME Academy, the Portland region’s fine and performing arts academy for adults with developmental disabilities, present readings of original short plays performed by local professional actors. Comedy, drama, adventure and fantasy collide as PHAME’s talented writers share their unfettered creativity.

     

WORKSHOP PRODUCTIONS

 

This set of projects are not quite ready to premiere, but straining to be on their feet in front of an audience. These workshop productions are a great way to see a piece at this point on the road to its completion. With the help of a production team to iron out the kinks, workshops are striving to get ready for the next step in the process for a world premiere.

  • Untitled Productions & The Skidmore Bluffs present

    Dear Momma: A Love Letter

    by Megan Sweigert

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Untitled Productions & The Skidmore Bluffs present

    Dear Momma: A Love Letter

    by Megan Sweigert

     

    directed by Avital Shira

     

    Venue:  The Little Church

    5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 8:30 pm (see Revival at 7pm)

     

    Full Run Dates:  Jan 30 - Feb 8

     

    Tickets: $8, with Revival $15

     

    Untitled Productions is dedicated to fostering new work by young artists. Dear Momma: A Love Letter, based on a true story, is a coming-of-age tale, exploring themes of identity, sexuality and spirituality. For the first six years of her life, Megan lived in a cult. When her mother decides to leave and takes Megan into the “real world,” Megan is left to discover who she is, who her mother was, and from where she comes.

     

  • Portland Playhouse & Boom Arts present

    A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

    by Alicia Jo Rabins

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Portland Playhouse & Boom Arts present

    A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

    by Alicia Jo Rabins

     

    directed by Maureen Towey

    original animation by Zak Margolis

     

    Venue:  Portland Playhouse (Downstairs), 602 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Date:  Feb 1 @ 5pm

     

    Full Run Dates: West Coast Premiere Performances Feb 6-9

     

    Tickets:  PWYC on Feb 1, door only, no reservations

    Reserve online for tickets Feb 6-9 www.boomarts.org

     

    A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is an experimental song cycle/music theatre work by acclaimed Portland-based indie rocker, poet, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. Through electro-acoustic music, documentary theatre and meditative poetry, Rabins views Bernie Madoff and the system which allowed him to function through the lens of ancient Jewish and Buddhist texts on financial ethics, ecology and cycles. The newest version of the piece is directed by Maureen Towey (Sojourn Theatre, Arcade Fire) with original animation by Portland artist Zak Margolis. This is a work-in-progress, sneak peek, event presented especially for Fertile Ground audiences prior to the show’s official opening.

     

  • Dance Naked Productions presents

    Lust & Marriage

    by Eleanor O’Brien

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Dance Naked Productions presents

    Lust & Marriage

    by Eleanor O’Brien

     

    directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein

     

    Venue:  The Catalyst Art & Culture Space

    4810 NE Garfield Ave, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 30 @ 8pm; Jan 24, 25, 31, Feb 1 @10pm

     

    Full Run Dates: Feb 6, 7, 9 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets: $10

     

    Lust and marriage, they go together like ... electricity and porridge? Eleanor O’Brien explores the search for love, lust and life partners in this candid look at modern marriage. Does hot monogamy exist? Can polyamory save the happily ever after? #WWDSD? (“What Would Dan Savage Do?”)

    From the creator of GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies, and the Inviting Desire series (A Theatrical Aphrodisiac; Pleasure, Permission, Possibility...; The Dawn of Sex) comes a brand new solo show that flirts with the idea that everyone deserves an active sex life, even married people!

     

  • Whink Productions presents

    Remme’s Run

    by Wayne Harrel

    Theatre / Workshop

     

    Whink Productions presents

    Remme’s Run

    by Wayne Harrel

     

    directed by Wayne Harrel

     

    Venue:  The Church at Portland Playhouse

    602 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97211

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 @ 7:30pm; Jan 26 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $15; $12 Students and Seniors

     

    Remme’s Run blends old-fashioned storytelling with sophisticated visual projection to spin this true tale: in February, 1855, French Canadian cattleman Louis Remme raced overland from Sacramento to Portland in six days, hoping to cash a $12,500 certificate of deposit in the West’s last Adams & Co. Express office before the weekly San Francisco mail ship brought news of the bank’s failure. Did he make it? Come find out!  www.remmesrun.com

     

  • Well Arts presents

    Stories: from teenage girls in transition

    by teenage girls 14-18 at Boys & Girls Aid

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Well Arts presents

    Stories: from teenage girls in transition

    by teenage girls 14-18 at Boys & Girls Aid

     

    directed by Anet Ris Kelman & Ann Singer

     

    Venue:  Sellwood Playhouse

    901 SE Spokane, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 31, Feb 1  @ 7pm

     

    Tickets:  $10 suggested donation/VIP tickets $20 for seats in 1st two rows

     

    It’s slam poetry night and a group of transitional teenage girls spin their stories into gold through prose, poetry, fairytales, music and dance. Come and see: Landays! Slap Rhythms! Fairytales where the girls slay dragons and build emotional and financial independence as well as keen analytical minds that also leave room for intuition and inspiration. These courageous and sassy young girls cast themselves as the heroines in their own stories. Audiences find new awareness about what youth are experiencing today. For the past four years, eclectic groups, living on the edges of society, have performed their stories in the Stories Series, including college students from around the world, writers from Street Roots and middle school kids. Our audiences have heard their stories about culture shock, homelessness and middle school purgatory. For the 5th Anniversary of the Stories series, teenage girls from Boys and Girls Aid explore the dark side of innocence, dig up their turbulent pasts with humor and spunk, and come through it all growing toward peace and forgiveness through storytelling.

     

  • Inukshuk Production Company presents

    Tennessee in Key West

    by Robert Lee Gaynor

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    Workshop

     

    Inukshuk Production Company presents

    Tennessee in Key West

    by Robert Lee Gaynor

     

    directed by Marybeth Bielawski-DeLeo

     

    Venue: Q Center

    4115 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland OR 97217

     

    Festival Dates: Jan 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1 @ 7:30pm; Jan 26, Feb 2 @ 2pm

     

    Tickets:  $15 advance; $18 door

     

    Inukshuk Production Company and the Portland Q Center are pleased to announce their joint entry for the 2014 Fertile Ground Festival: Tennessee in Key West, an original play by Robert Lee Gaynor; directed by Marybeth Bielawski-DeLeo. A fictional piece inspired by the life of Tennessee Williams, Tennessee in Key West takes place in the fall of 1979, shortly after the opening of Tennessee’s play, Tiger Tail, in Gainesville, Florida. A young journalism student traveling from the University of Florida to Key West to interview the illustrious playwright is unwittingly the pawn of professional reporters who have a less-than-friendly agenda. The interview quickly degenerates into a game of cat and mouse, with Tennessee apparently bent on seducing or, at the very least, humiliating the naïve young man.  Along the way, we learn a good deal about Tennessee’s life, loves, art and torments. We also learn something about the young reporter, whose all-American persona conceals a few secrets of his own.

     

  • Action/Adventure Theatre presents

    To Be Determined: A Cavalcade of Awesome

    Theatre

    Workshop

     

    Action/Adventure Theatre presents

    To Be Determined: A Cavalcade of Awesome

     

    Venue:  Action/Adventure Theatre

    1050 SE Clinton St, Portland OR 97202

     

    Festival Dates:  Jan 27, 28 @ 8pm

     

    Tickets:  $10 at the door

     

    Action/Adventure Theatre is super excited to present TBD: A Cavalcade of Awesome. Will there be a reading or two of new plays? Probably. Live music of some kind? That’s a safe bet. Work-in-progress showings of new devised pieces being worked on by friends of Action/Adventure? More than likely. Comedy? Dance? Playwright death matches? New performance pieces we don’t even know about yet? A literary mixtape? Yes? No? Maybe? We can’t really tell you right now, but we know it is going to be rad. More details will be forthcoming post the publication of this Festival Guide, so check actionadventure.org for updates.

     

  • Fertile Ground Kick Off Party

    Gerding Theater at the Armory, Mezzanine

    Friday, January 24 @ 9:30-11:30pm

    Fertile Ground Kick Off Party

     

    Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory, Mezzanine

    128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

     

    Festival Date: Friday, January 24 @ 9:30-11:30pm

     

    Tickets: FREE, no host bar

     

    Swing in after a show and kick off Fertile Ground with lovers of new work like you! It’s a great opportunity for performance junkies to grab a drink, compare notes and plot out what’s on the “must see” list for FG14.

     

  • Panel Discussion

    Risk/Reward New Work Preview

    moderated by Jerry Tischleder

    Festival Enrichment

     

    Panel Discussion

    Risk/Reward New Work Preview

    moderated by Jerry Tischleder

     

    Venue:  Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Lobby

    1515 SW Morrison St, Portland OR 97205

     

    Festival Date: Jan 27 @ 6pm

     

    Tickets: FREE

     

    New Work happens all throughout the year in Portland. Join us for a conversation with local artists and learn about some of the most provocative new performances coming in 2014. This discussion is moderated by Jerry Tischleder, who is the Producing Artistic Director of Risk/Reward. More info at www.risk-reward.org