Fertile Ground Diaries: Rain! The Musical

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Arts & Books
Imagine a Portland without rain. Richard Moore’s Rain! The Musical sees fallen rock star Turner returning to a dried-out Rose City. Liquid sunshine has been replaced by productivity in the re-christened “city that works.” As Turner finds himself in a world of assistants named Theresa and an overworked, undersexed ex-girlfriend, the audience enters his rockified musical dream. With a band of old ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Marilyn/MISFITS/Miller

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Arts & Books
A group of famous—and famously needy and egotistical—performers and creators gathers in the early 1960s to revive their careers by putting on a production whose prospects of success are jeopardized by conflicts with institutional powers and friction among these volatile, creative personalities.Why, this must be Orson's Shadow, Austin Pendleton’s award-winning 2000 play about two of the world's ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Fertile Ground Diaries: (...)

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“Are you here to see ‘the ellipsis?’” the woman working the box office asked. She didn’t hesitate, but you could hear the quotation marks. Like any intentionally unpronounceable play, Fuse Theatre Ensemble’s (…), receiving its world premiere as part of the Fertile Ground Festival, is sure to raise flags. For the majority of theatergoers, the play’s lack of an alphanumeric title will ...   More
 
Monday, January 28, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Fertile Ground Diaries: The Seven Wonders of Chipping

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Both “charming” and “like an unwanted pregnancy,” reads C.S. Whitcomb’s description of her new play, The Seven Wonders of Chipping, premiering in a reading at Fertile Ground.What she means, though, is that the story took on a life of its own, and indeed it is charming to the brim. How can you not love delectable British accents, quaint village stories, poetry and daffodils? As Whitcomb explains, ...   More
 
Monday, January 28, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Bearing Fruit

In its fifth year, Fertile Ground showcases new, local work.


Theater
It’s a big year for the annual Fertile Ground festival. The 11-day bender of locally produced new works of theater and dance turns 5 this year, and once again the lineup overwhelms. The number o   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

One More Round of Fertile Ground Reviews


Arts & Books
Groovin’ Greenhouse 1Fertile Ground is best known for its showcases of new theater works, but the festival also nurtures dance in development in its Groovin' Greenhouse series. This year, the innovative Polaris Dance Theater offered its Goose Hollow studio theater space to a dozen presenters over five different shows. Beat Bangerz led off the first on Jan. 21 with its mix of traditional tap rhythms ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Live Review: The Tripping Point at Shaking the Tree

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There's a reason fairy tales have been plumbed for art's sake so deeply: they're bottomless. Murky with our fears, desires and other shadowy drives, the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and the like consist of just the sort of muck in which artists love to play. Shaking the Tree's The Tripping Point, directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe as part of the Fertile Ground festival, lets ...   More
 
Friday, January 27, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Live Review: Bite Me a Little at Mississippi Studios

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Arts & Books
Although you may have thought the vampire craze had long since reached critical mass and collapsed under its own bulging excess, it appears the trend has not yet been staked in the heart Walking the line somewhere between the chaste, no-biting-till-marriage vampires of Twilight and the fuck-anything-that-moves vamps of True Blood is Bite Me a Little, a vampire musical by local playwright and composer ...   More
 
Thursday, January 26, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Headout: Groundhouse

The Fertile Ground Festival gets dark.


Headout
Murder, conspiracy and apocalypse! No, it’s not the latest Ron Paul slogan. As grim as the farcical presidential race has become, it has nothing on some of the bloody, unsettling and bizarre pla   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

One Week In, Quick Takes on Fertile Ground

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Arts & Books
As I sat in the chilly warehouse space last night and waited for …ballet? to begin, I eavesdropped on the conversation next to me. Two women and one man were heatedly–though cordially–discussing their picks and pans of the Fertile Ground festival, the 10-day spree of new works of local theater and dance. Merely listening in on their conversation was exhausting. Fertile Ground’s offerings are overwhelming ...   More
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

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