Portland’s 7th Fertile Ground Festival January 22 – February 1, 2015; 75+ acts of creation in theatre, dance, clown, music, multidisciplinary arts 40+ producers across Portland for 11 days

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Portland’s 7th Fertile Ground Festival

January 22 – February 1, 2015

75+ acts of creation in theatre, dance, clown, music, multidisciplinary arts

40+ producers across Portland for 11 days


PORTLAND, OREGON – January 1, 2015 | Now in its seventh year, the Portland-grown Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Works continues to flourish planted in a town of prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventuresome producers. With wide variety of new producers, along with several returning companies, FG15 brings dozens upon dozens of new artistic works from Portland’s teeming jungle of artists to light to thrive on stages, nooks and crannies all over Portland for 11 days from Thursday, January 22 to Sunday, February 1, 2015.


Shining out through the winter darkness, Fertile Ground offers an astonishing breadth of creative work for the stage, compressed into the darkest and wettest days of the Portland calendar. From seasoned theatre and dance companies, to spunky young art-creators of a variety of ilk, Portland is fertile ground for presenting new work with world premieres or pieces at every step in development.


This Festival’s myriad of new works span theatre, dance, comedy, clown and social action through the arts with theatre and dance world premieres, workshops, staged readings, readings and multidisciplinary events, for 11 days, at all times of the day. In addition to seasoned producers, dozens of emerging young producers, playwrights and choreographers are also choosing to offer their work for this collaborative Portland showcase festival.


“Our city is a special place, a place where creativity thrives and creators are (almost literally) on every corner,” said Nicole Lane, Fertile Ground Festival Director. “Likewise, Fertile Ground is an incubator for new works of art creation citywide in theatres, pubs, studios, community centers and galleries all over town in January. This festival is about that phenomenon, that impetus, that undercurrent in our city’s culture to create everywhere, anywhere, with abounding diversity.”



All festival ticket information can be accessed through www.fertilegroundpdx.org

à All access Festival Passes are $50 and are available here: http://www.fertilegroundpdx.org/festival-passes—tickets.html

à Single tickets for all festival events are purchased directly through the producing companies.



Full event listings including production descriptions, locations, times and ticket information here:  http://www.fertilegroundpdx.org/2015-works.html. A printed Festival Guide is available in many theatre lobbies around town including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage and PCPA, among others.


Key producers this year include Post5 Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, CoHo Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre and more including emerging theatre companies, individual playwrights and chorographers. For FG15, Polaris Dance Theatre will again present the “Groovin Greenhouse” with a variety of choreographers and dance groups. PDXPlaywrights will present more than 10 new work readings and Artists Rep will present six.


Fertile Ground Festival of New Work 2015

Presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance


Dates:                                   January 22- February 1, 2015

Venue:                                 City-wide, check website or Festival Guide for locations

Tickets:                                All ticket information at www.fertilegroundpdx.org

Individual Event tickets sold through each producer

All are accessed through www.fertilegroundpdx.org

Festival Passes:                $50 – reservations all events  –  www.fertilegroundpdx.org

Description:                       More than 75 new works by Portland artists in an 11-day Festival. Patrons can purchase individual tickets to each show or buy a $50 all-access Festival Pass. 2015 Festival Festival full event listings and descriptions can be found in the Festival Guide and at www.fertilegroundpdx.org




FULL “FG15 WORKS” PROJECT LISTINGS on the Fertile Ground website here:



FG15 LISTING by PROJECT, ARTIST/PRODUCER (subject to change) below.


What Makes Fertile Ground Unique. Several theatre companies across the nation host “new works festivals” and nearly all of these festivals present “staged readings,” works-in-progress curated by the artistic aesthetic of one company’s artistic staff. They are also typically exclusive to genre. In contrast, the Fertile Ground Festival presents a non-curated collection of fully staged world premiere productions in theatre and dance, as well as workshop and staged reading productions, and more. Fertile Ground is about process as well as product in creative development. This festival is the collaborative work of our local artistic community expressing the mother lode of creative capacities, in a quintessentially Portland manner.


Fertile Ground was launched by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (the service organization for Portland theatre artists and organizations) in 2009 to provide a platform for Portland theatre companies to showcase their commitment to new work, but the Festival has grown to embrace many forms of new works in art allowing Portland’s arts lovers to discover Portland’s truly fertile ground for creativity, innovation and daring acts of performance.


The Fertile Ground Festival of New Work is presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. Festival sponsors include Oregon Media Group, Artslandia and KINK-FM. Festival organizers are comprised of individuals who strongly believe in showcasing Portland’s vibrant creativity.


Fertile Ground Festival 2015 “Works”

#Bad Decisions, a musical by Hamilton Barrett & John Maggi| Elaborate Alibi Theater Company

36 Perfectly Appropriate Mealtime Conversations by Brianna Barrett | Elaborate Alibi Theater Company

A Cavalcade of Awesome: Ghost Town by Aubrey Jessen | Action/Adventure Theatre

A Cavalcade of Awesome: How To Stop Dying by Noah Dunham |Action/Adventure Theatre

A Cavalcade of Awesome: Summer Jams Forever by Eva Suter| Action/Adventure Theatre

A Cavalcade of Awesome: The Harriad by Devon Wade Granmo | Action/Adventure Theatre

Time, A Fair Hustler, a new project, inspired by Gus Van Sant’s ‘My Own Private Idaho’ by H2M ensemble with Andrea Stolowitz | Hand2Mouth Theatre/Artists Rep

A Teaser for Weekend 1 by PDX Playwrights| PDX Playwrights

A Teaser for Weekend 2 by PDX Playwrights | PDX Playwrights

Alan’s Confectionary by Alan Alexander III | PDX Playwrights

Alice’s 1-Woman Wonderland: The Original Adventure by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Anne Rutherford | Multnomah Arts Center & Rutherford’s Brain

Always Without Warning by Tobin Gollihar & Ian Paul Sieren | Spring 4th Productions

Bereavement by AJ Franks | Sun Bear Theatres

BOX: A Live Science Fiction Trilogy by Tina Connolly & Matt Haynes | The Pulp Stage

Bruté by Edward Lyons, Jr. | Gorilla Bomb Productions

Cottonwood in the Flood by Rich Rubin| Damaris Webb & Rich Rubin in association with Passin’ Art

Daisy Dukes Shorts Night by PDX Playwrights |PDX Playwrights

David Saffert’s 40th Birthday – The Liberace Edition! by David Saffert, Jillian Snow Harris & TriptheDark Dance Company | Curious ComedyTheater

Deception by Nancy Moss | The Portland Civic Theatre Guild

down Devised by Alan Cline, Marisa Kanai, Erika Kurth, Jenn Lindell  | overunder arts…9

Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album Retrospective in Story and Song by Avery Hill | Avery Hill

Echoes, A Cabaret Response to the ‘Disappeared’ by Jewish Theatre Collaborative artists with Los Porteños  | Jewish Theatre Collaborative

Fireflies by Chris Harder | Chris Harder/Artists Rep

Gender Tree by Cassandra Boice |Post5 Theatre

Genuis by Sean Bowie | Yocto Theatre

Greg and Lauren by Sun Bear Theatres | Sun Bear Theatres

Groovin’ Greenhouse | Polaris Dance Theatre featuring Automal, Polaris Junior Company & Polaris Dance Theatre

Groovin’ Greenhouse | Polaris Dance Theatre featuring NW Fusion, Art in Progress Choreographers’ Collective & Polaris Dance Theatre

Groovin’ Greenhouse | Polaris Dance Theatre featuring PDX Dance Collective, Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance & Polaris Dance Theatre

Groovin’ Greenhouse | Polaris Dance Theatre featuring PDX Dance Collective, Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance, Portland Bellydance Guild & Polaris Dance Theatre

Groovin’ Greenhouse | Polaris Dance Theatre featuring Polaris Junior Dance Company & Polaris Dance Theatre

Groovin’ Greenhouse | Polaris Dance Theatre presenting Automal & Polaris Dance Theatre

I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep than Some Other Son of a B*tch by Rodrigo García | Boom Arts

ID[ea] by the Third Rail Mentorship Company | Third Rail Mentorship Company

If the Fates Allow by Steve Patterson | Steve Patterson & Playwrights West/Artists Rep

In Search of the Red Skull by Katie Bennett | PDX Playwrights

Kaleidoscope by Naga Nataka | Animal Magic Productions

Fertile Ground 2015 Kick Off Party |Portland Area Theatre Alliance

La Fenệtre (The Window) & Perpetual Wednesday created by The Defenestrators Clown Troupe | The Defenestrators…12

MacDeath by Cindy Brown| Cindy Brown  & Portland Actors Ensemble

Maybe it’s Because…(I’m So Versatile) stories by p:ear youth in transition| Well Arts Institute

Me Here Now by Megan Bradley | Megan Bradley

Miserere by Wayne Harrel | The Cantilever Project

“Mom?” A Comedy of Mourners by Laura Loy, Anna Sell & Jeff Desautels | Box of Clowns

New Work Preview Panel moderated by Jerry Tischleder | Risk/Reward

No Room of Her Own by Desiree Hellgers | Circle Theatre Project

Nobody’s Business by Viven Lyon | The Cantilever Project

One Off! by Infinite Improv – Completely Improvised One Act Plays | Lakewood Theatre Company

One Weekend in October by Rich Rubin | Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project/BaseRoots

PLAY by D.C. Copeland | D.C. Copeland & John San Nicolas/Artists Rep

Please Validate Your Identity by devising ensemble | Multnomah Arts Center & Rough&ReadyPDX

Prime by Ellen Margolis | Playwrights West

Renaissance by George Taylor | The Cantilever Project

Roots, Reality & Rhyme by Turiya Autry | Good Sista Ink

Short & Sweet: Short Plays by P-Town Playwrights

That’s How We Roll by CoLevity | Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Book & lyrics by Mark LaPeirre, Music by Dan David |Lakewood Theatre Company

The Conditions of Unconditional Love by Sharon Sassone | PDX Playwrights

The Essex by Lawrence Howard| Portland Story Theatre

The Jungle Book adapted by Anita Menon, Sarah Jane Hardy, John Ellingson| Northwest Children’s Theatre

The Last Starship From Earth by Steve Coker | Steve Coker & John San Nicholas/Artists Rep

The Noisemaker by Ciji Guerin | The Cantilever Project

The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera by Laura Dunn |The Broken Planetarium

The Snowmaker by Aleks Merilo | Aleks Merilo & Playwrights West/Artists Rep

The Snowstorm by Eric Nordin | CoHo Productions & Many Hats Collaboration

The Wedding by Cassie Keet | Act Now Studio

Threshold | PDX Playwrights

Tramps by Annie Rimmer & Jayne Stevens | Annie Rimmer & Jayne Stevens

Unmediated by Brad Bulchunos | PDX Playwrights

Upon a Winter Road Music by Kurt Miser, Lyrics by Kurt Miser, Brad Beaver, Russ Cowan, Book by Kurt Miser & Russ Cowan | Lakewood Theatre Company

Want Fries With That? by C.S. Whitcomb| Lakewood Theatre Company

What is Erotic? a collection of sex-positive performance art | Dance Naked Productions

Woman on the Scarlet Beast by Caroline Miller | Post 5 Theatre

Word. Voice. by the young writers at PlayWrite| PlayWrite, Inc

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Nicole A. Lane

Festival  Director


FERTILE GROUND Festival of New Work


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