Fertile Ground Diaries: Revival

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As far as Christian revivalist conversion concerts go, Revival is surprisingly pleasant. Local folk band the Skidmore Bluffs don Amish-style outfits to become the Roving Wheels of Christ, led by the de-frocked Reverend Isaac Noble (Josh Gulotta). With their Mumford-esque ballads, the Roving Wheels would fit in at any Portland open-mic night. This self-produced musical, part of the Fertile Ground festival, ...   More
Sunday, February 2, 2014 ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe


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With comical performances and a modern-day twist on the Shakespearean voice, Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe is a high-energy, engaging show set in New Orleans during the liveliest time of year, Mardi Gras. The cast balances hilarity and wackiness throughout with their quick inventive rhymes, sparkly costumes and songs. The play, written and directed by Portlander Elizabeth Huffman for Post5 Theatre ...   More
Monday, January 27, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

Pep Talk (Hand2Mouth Theatre)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

We sit on hard benches under the fluorescent lighting of a gym in North Portland’s Peninsula Park Community Center, clad in violet jerseys bearing a mascot that seems to be half-unicorn, half-   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fertile Ground Diaries: Therapy Hunger

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Therapy Hunger, written by Post5 Theatre's Cassandra Boice and directed by her husband Ty, takes a stab at addressing the perceived need for psychiatric drugs in today’s society. Boice plays a troubled young woman who visits a number of therapists for her problems, including A.D.D., O.C.D., bulimia, sexual insecurities and anxiety. Her therapists are made out to be buffoons who poke fun at her personal ...   More
Monday, January 27, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

Fertile Ground Diaries: The Past is Calling

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“Tonight’s performance is kind of a hybrid between a workshop and a full-blown performance,” said Dennis Nyback, writer, producer and director of The Past is Calling, on Saturday night. Referencing the 1920s setting and disclosing that most of the actors would still be reading off of scripts, Nyberg finished his introduction to this Fertile Ground performance with, “This is jazz, and jazz is ...   More
Sunday, January 26, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: SubRosa Dance Collective, Heirloom

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Friday night at the Clinton Street Theater began with a flurry of distorted bagpipes, a screen projecting images of dripping fruit and Turquoise Jeep’s famous question: Do you like your eggs fried or fertilized?So began SubRosa Dance Collective’s first piece, Matriarch, in a new show titled Heirloom, that's debuting as part of the annual Fertile Ground fest. Revolving around the stories of ...   More
Saturday, January 25, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: Lust & Marriage


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Eleanor O’Brien has spent a long time creating shows about sex. GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies, about her misadventures in a house of domination, was her first solo show (I reviewed it back in 2011), and she’s been honing it for a decade. In 2009, for the inaugural Fertile Ground festival of new works, she premiered Inviting Desire, an ensemble production in which the performers related their deepest ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The End of Sex (Theatre Vertigo)

More onstage orgasms than at Rocky Horror

The tagline is irresistible: “sex without sex.” That’s what this new drug promises, the ability to slather your elbows or knuckles or ears with a wonder cream that temporarily remaps sexua   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Ripe For The Picking

Harvesting Fertile Ground’s best bets.

Navigating the annual Fertile Ground festival can feel like cultivating a phenomenally overgrown garden. There are a few things you want (kale, raspberries, butterflies), but also many you don’t   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 WW Staff


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