Fertile Ground Diaries: Groovin' Greenhouse, Polaris Dance Theatre and Automal

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Dreams, daily routines and Silly Putty all came alive on the Polaris Dance stage last night. Part of the Fertile Ground festival, Groovin’ Greenhouse is a showcase produced by Polaris that puts a spotlight on emerging dancers across Portland, including five-piece collective Automal and members of Polaris’ own company. This showcase—there are several different Groovin' Greenhouse programs—opens ...   More
Friday, January 30, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: Genuis

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When Sean Bowie strolls onstage at the Headwaters, stark naked and carrying a clipboard, it sets an appropriate tone for his new solo show, Genuis. Though there’s no nudity in the rest of this Fertile Ground performance—aside from a brief clip from the 1984 ski bum movie Hot Dog—Bowie does spend the next 70 minutes laying bare his soul. Told in a series of essay-style vignettes, Genuis is ...   More
Monday, January 26, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

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ID[ea] Back in August, participants in Third Rail’s mentorship program were given 36 hours to make a piece of theater. What emerged is a play about how we create, transform and strip apart our    More
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

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: Rain! The Musical

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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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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: Feral


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Entering the Bob White Theatre Warehouse—just a concrete floor with in-the-round seating and a chandelier hanging from the soaring ceiling—ushers informed audience members that the heat will shut off when the performance begins. “It’ll get progressively colder,” one says. “Hang onto your coats.”This was, oddly, not an intentional metacommentary about life on the streets in this world-premiere ...   More
Sunday, January 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON


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