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FESTIVAL GUIDE JANUARY 19–JANUARY 29, 2017 Abundant acts of creation in Portland

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PATA PORTLAND AREA

THEATRE ALLIANCE


WELCOME TO FERTILE GROUND Message from the Director

I am ready to spend 11 days exploring Portland’s burgeoning arts scene! Every year around this time, as I am putting this festival guide together, I get nervous. After nine years of this Festival, will artists and producers still want to put their work in Fertile Ground? Will it be any good? Will there be an exciting breadth of new work ready to be unleashed? Silly me. This is Portland. The secret place where innovative arts and artists flourish. Do we understand how lucky we are? This year’s crop of over 100 “acts of creation” are, more than ever, a vibrant array of Portland’s artistic impulses. This year, with 45 producers involved and more than 40 venues citywide, you’ll be exploring Portland through the eyes of artists who take giant leaps to share their work with Fertile Ground audiences. Fertile Ground Festival is a place where everything that can be created by Portland artists is fair game. And that’s very special. This uncurated festival is like none other, it offers artists and audiences the opportunity to explore the wilds of creativity and art-making in a plethora of genres and at every point in the process. In this year’s festival we will see theatre in its short and long forms, musical theatre, storytelling, circus arts, improvisation, animation, clown and a wide variety of dance disciplines. Once again, this year’s crop of offerings includes a dozen-plus works by PDX Playwrights, Artists Rep’s lunchtime reading series, Lake Oswego’s Lakewood Theatre with a handful of readings, lots of dance from Groovin’ Greenhouse at Polaris Dance Theatre, and, back this year, is an animation with HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase. I am grateful for the Portland Area Theatre Alliance’s support of this unique program and overjoyed to continue our partnership with Artslandia. Artslandia has become a vital voice for all things going on in the Portland arts scene and they continue to innovate on how to best serve the arts community. Fertile Ground is an incubator for new work in all forms of art creation—and that creation includes you. I invite you to join this creative process, this conversation between artist and audience, and explore what Portland’s abundant arts scene has to offer. I invite you to get out there, take a chance, go visit undiscovered nooks and crannies of all sorts, expand your art-going repertoire and see a little bit of everything—now’s your chance! Will you love everything you see? Maybe not, but I believe you’ll relish the expanse of artistic expression overall. Maybe you’ll be hooked on new work, become a new work aficionado and understand the process of creation a little better. Maybe you’ll just go out, take in a couple experiences and satiate your arts yearnings. Regardless, embrace your sense of adventure and be a part of Portland’s unique Fertile Ground. “Grow” out on a creative adventure, I’ll see you along the way!

It Takes a Village…

There are so many people who generously contribute their time, talents and support to allow Fertile Ground to thrive each year, among them are: Dre Slaman, Elizabeth Gordon and the Board of Directors with the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, all the Fertile Ground Festival committee members, Caitlin Barile with Box Office Tickets, Misty Tompoles, Lisa Johnston-Smith and the entire gang at Artslandia, Nick Keenan of Gameflow Interactive, Miriam Feder with PDX Playwrights, Sara Anderson with Polaris Dance Theatre, the warm welcome at Artists Repertory Theatre for our events, our enduring sponsor The Oregonian/ OregonLive.com, the Portland media for intrepidly celebrating this deluge of artistic events over just 11 days, all of our marketing table ambassadors and the venues that generously hosted us, and to the dozens of producers and artists who have staked their projects in Fertile Ground to watch them grow!

Fertile Ground Committee NICOLE LANE ���������������������������� Festival Director DRE SLAMAN ������������������������������� PATA Liaison & Board President ABBY CHRISTOPHER ������Social Media Manager GARY CORBIN ........... Festival Pass Coordinator/ BOT Specialist ANDY LINDBERG........Website & Graphic Design JENNI GREENMILLER ������ Volunteer Coordinator JESSICA GLEASON ��������������Marketing Associate MADDIE ODEGAARD ����������� Marketing Assistant ANDREW GOLLA ........... Artists Producer Liaison TRISHA MEAD ���������������������������������������� Founder COMMITTEE AT LARGE: Susan Jonsson, Claire Willett, Carol Kimball, Karen O'Donnell Stein

Nicole Lane Fertile Ground Festival Director

THANKS! Special thanks to these Fertile Ground donors: Virginia Oshel, Margie Miller, Bennett Battaile, Virginia Oshel, Howard Cutler,

Rebecca A. Youngstrom, Ronni Lacroute, Kyle Fuchs, John Manson, John Zajac, Nancy Matthews, Gretchen Young, Karen Paladino, Thomas Tilton, Hillary McKay Mefferd, Ignacio Gonzalez

With gratitude for the support of our sponsors

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They are small but mighty and their support is appreciated! JOIN THEM! Extending our gratitude to all of you donors who WILL donate in support of Fertile Ground! Contributions, large and small, help seed new work in Portland with this unique festival. Fertile Ground is a program of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, a 503(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations are fully tax deductible. Your contribution ensures that new art will continue to flourish in Portland.


2017 WORKS LISTINGS (LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) 1980’s Teen Musical | STAGED!..................................................................... 19

Iphigenia 3.0 | ORPHIC................................................................................. 20

2017 New Work Preview | RISK/REWARD, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTISTS REP.... 17

Just This One | NORTHWEST THEATRE WORKSHOP........................................ 14

4X3: Knock It Off, The Glurping, The Rusty Wheel and Morning Coffee | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS..................................................... 16

Last Dance | LAST DANCE PRODUCTIONS.......................................................... 9

Adaptive Radiation, a Play with Magic | ARTISTS REP................................ 18

Lethe in the Light and Concussion Healing |

Art Factory: Building a Musical | STAGED!................................................... 22

SAYING YES! IMPROVISATION & SOMASPACE.................................................. 10

ASTORIA: Part One | PORTLAND CENTER STAGE AT THE ARMORY................... 16

Literary Theory | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS.............................................................. 15

A Teaspoon of Water: Contemplative Arts Salon | BE SPACE STUDIO.......... 8

Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls) | STEVE PERKINS.................................... 16

Atlantis | THE BROKEN PLANETARIUM.............................................................. 8

Miss Ethnic: Non-specific | ARTISTS REP....................................................... 17

Badge of Honor | PORTLAND CIVIC THEATRE GUILD....................................... 17

My Little Jezebel | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS.......................................................... 16

Blind | COMMUNITY DREAM PRODUCTIONS, WITH SUPPORT

Nansen of the North | PORTLAND STORY THEATER........................................ 11

FROM THIRD RAIL REPERTORY THEATRE........................................................... 21

New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™) | DR. TALLULAH........ 8

Bunny | PRISMAGIC........................................................................................ 18

Open Score – Contemplative Arts for Everyone | BE SPACE STUDIO.......... 22

Carnivora | THEATRE VERTIGO........................................................................... 9

Pas de Dieux: A Dance of (no) Gods | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS........................... 14

Crackin’ The Code: A Comedy of Questionable Morals |

Psychic Utopia | HAND2MOUTH THEATRE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTISTS REP..... 18

STAGEWORKS INC.................................................................................................... 7

Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS............................... 19 Daisy Dukes Shorts Night! | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS............................................ 9 db | COHO PRODUCTIONS................................................................................. 7 Displaced | COMPASSWORKS......................................................................... 11 Do You Believe in Magic | FAITH HELMA...................................................... 12 Dust on My Shoes, The Musical | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS.................................. 15 El Payaso | MILAGRO........................................................................................ 7 Fertile Ground 2017 Kick Off Party | PORTLAND AREA THEATRE ALLIANCE... 12

Left Hook | THE VANPORT MOSAIC.................................................................. 10

Rory and the Devil | ARTISTS REP.................................................................. 19 Scars | LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY........................................................... 18 Short & Sweet | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS............................................................... 14 Shot in the Back Before Christmas | LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY........ 13 Sisters in the Snow | SNOW STORM PRODUCTIONS...................................... 13 Stories from Maclaren Correctional Facility | ROGUE PACK....................... 10 Successful Strategies | ARTISTS REP.............................................................. 17 Tether – A One-Woman Anti-Circus about Brain Chemistry | FUSE THEATRE ENSEMBLE.................................................................................. 8

Free Box | YOCTO THEATRE................................................................................ 8

The Adventures of Walter and Bruce | WHITE COLLAR CRIMES.................. 20

Groovin’ Greenhouse | A-WOL & POLARIS DANCE THEATRE........................... 22

The Baby Project | SARAH E. SHIVELY............................................................. 13

Groovin’ Greenhouse | FEATURING POLARIS DANCE THEATRE,

The Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival Launch | PDX PLAYWRIGHTS.......... 12

NW FUSION & LES WATANABE.......................................................................... 13

Groovin’ Greenhouse | FEATURING POLARIS DANCE THEATRE, POLARIS JUNIOR COMPANY & NEO YOUTH COMPANY..................................... 21

Groovin’ Greenhouse | FEATURING POLARIS DANCE THEATRE, POLARIS JUNIOR COMPANY, NEO YOUTH COMPANY & LES WATANABE.......................... 12

Groovin’ Greenhouse | FEATURING POLARIS DANCE THEATRE, POLARIS JUNIOR COMPANY, NEO YOUTH COMPANY & PORTLAND BELLYDANCE GUILD... 9

Groovin’ Greenhouse | FEATURING POLARIS DANCE THEATRE, VITALITY DANCE COLLECTIVE & DARVEJON JONES............................................ 19

Groovin’ Greenhouse | FEATURING PORTLAND BELLYDANCE GUILD

The Flower Cart | SPRING 4TH PRODUCTIONS................................................. 7 The Jade Decanter | ARTFUL RAVEN STUDIO.................................................. 10 The Tail of Sleeping Beauty...with Puppets! | NORTHWEST CHILDREN’S THEATER.................................................................. 20

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | KETTLEHEAD PRODUCTIONS........................ 13 The Thing in Jesse’s Room | ARTISTS REP..................................................... 19 The Vast Impossibility of Now | ARTISTS REP............................................... 18 This Thing That We Made | A GROUP OF YOUNG ARTISTS............................. 17 Uncommon Sense | ECHO THEATER COMPANY............................................. 11

& POLARIS DANCE THEATRE.............................................................................. 15

William Shakespeare’s Fools | MICHAEL O’NEILL......................................... 11

Heaven Or Helen | LATE BLOOMERS INC....................................................... 23

Wings of Fire | LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY............................................. 15

HOMEBREW 2017: A PDX Animation Showcase | ARTFUL RAVEN STUDIOS.15

WORD.VOICE. | PLAYWRITE............................................................................ 23

Homeless (the musical) | DUB SQUAD MUSIC............................................. 19

You Can't Get There From Here | EMPIRE OF AUSTRALIA............................. 21

Hurl | CORRIB THEATRE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTISTS REP.......................... 17

Young Playwrights Festival | LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY..................... 21

I Am An Actress...A Passion Play | THEATREDUST......................................... 13 Into the Night: An Exploration of Life, Love & Loss | THE ALLEGRO DANCE COMPANY....................................................................... 22

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FERTILE GROUND | 2017 Calendar THURSDAY JAN 19 7:30pm

Crackin’ The Code

1:30pm Atlantis

2pm

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Portland Bellydance Guild & Polaris Dance Theatre Wings of Fire

2pm

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Polaris Junior Company, Neo Youth Company & Les Watanabe

Atlantis

I Am An Actress... A Passion Play

New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness

Shot in the Back Before Christmas

3pm

9pm

Tether – A One-Woman Anti-Circus about Brain Chemistry

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

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El Payaso Many Mini Musical

Free Box

The Flower Cart

8pm

9:30pm A Teaspoon of Water: Contemplative Arts Salon

Last Dance

FRIDAY JAN 20 7pm

7:30pm

Daisy Dukes Shorts Night! Carnivora

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Polaris Junior Company, Neo Youth Company & Portland Belly Dance Guild

Left Hook

3pm

Do You Believe in Magic

El Payaso Free Box Left Hook Lethe in the Light and Concussion Healing Stories from Maclaren

The Jade Decanter

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, NW Fusion & Les Watanabe

Just This One

El Payaso Last Dance

8pm

The Flower Cart Displaced Nansen of the North

Uncommon Sense

8pm

Uncommon Sense

New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness

9pm

9:30pm

Do You Believe in Magic

10pm

Atlantis

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William Shakespeare’s Fools

12pm 1pm 2pm

Tether The Baby Project

ASTORIA: Part One

Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls)

Carnivora

8pm

Atlantis

MONDAY JAN 23 12pm 6pm

7:30pm

Miss Ethnic: Non-specific 2017 New Work Preview The Baby Project Badge of Honor Hurl Successful Strategies

Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls)

8pm

This Thing That We Made

10pm

This Thing That We Made

Short & Sweet

TUESDAY JAN 24

Do You Believe in Magic Last Dance

SUNDAY JAN 22

The Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival Launch

9:30pm Fertile Ground 2017 Kick Off Party 9:30pm Free Box

Nansen of the North

9pm

9:15pm

Displaced New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness

William Shakespeare’s Fools

The Flower Cart

6pm

My Little Jezebel

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

Stories from Maclaren Correctional Facility

7:30pm

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5pm

Uncommon Sense

Crackin’ The Code

4:30pm

Crackin’ The Code

Lethe in the Light and Concussion Healing

Sisters in the Snow

Carnivora

Displaced

4X3: Knock it Off, The Glurping, The Rusty Wheel and Morning Coffee

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William Shakespeare’s Fools

7pm

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

I Am An Actress...

Last Dance

The Baby Project

Left Hook

4pm

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Sisters in the Snow Pas de Dieux: A Dance of (no) Gods

7:30pm

HOMEBREW 2017: A PDX Animation Showcase

7pm

Crackin’ The Code

The Baby Project

Left Hook

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SATURDAY JAN 21

Literary Theory Uncommon Sense Dust on My Shoes, The Musical

10:30am Badge of Honor 12pm

Adaptive Radiation, a Play with Magic

6pm

The Baby Project

7pm

7:30pm

Scars Last Dance ASTORIA: Part One


FERTILE GROUND | 2017 Calendar 7:30pm

Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls)

Successful Strategies

8pm

12pm 3pm 6pm 7pm

7:30pm

LastSATURDAY Dance

Last Dance

12pm

The Tail of Sleeping Beauty... with Puppets!

Tether

12:30pm You Can’t Get There From Here

The Baby Project

Bunny

The Thing in Jesse’s Room Carnivora

9pm

9:30pm

7:30pm

The Baby Project

Free Box

Rory and the Devil 1980’s Teen Musical Short & Sweet The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan Iphigenia 3.0

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Free Box

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Vitality Dance Collective & Darvejon Jones

Stories from Maclaren

The Flower Cart

8pm

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

Tether

Crackin’ The Code

Displaced

Carnivora

I Am An Actress...

Art Factory: Building a Musical

Homeless (the musical)

Young Playwrights Festival

5pm

FRIDAY JAN 27 7pm

The Tail of Sleeping Beauty... with Puppets!

A Teaspoon of Water

12pm

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Polaris Junior Company & Neo Youth Company

db The Flower Cart

8pm

Blind

Open Score – Contemplative Arts for Everyone

Last Dance

JAN 28

2pm

The Jade Decanter Displaced Nansen of the North New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness

7pm

1980’s Teen Musical Daisy Dukes Shorts Night!

Do You Believe in Magic

Homeless (the musical)

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

7:30pm

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring A-WOL & Polaris Dance Theatre

Into the Night: An Exploration of Life, Love & Loss

Carnivora

Crackin’ The Code

Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival Free Box

SUNDAY JAN 29

3pm

Crackin’ The Code

1pm

William Shakespeare’s Fools

The Vast Impossibility of Now

THURSDAY JAN 26 7:30pm

Uncommon Sense

WEDNESDAY JAN 25 The Baby Project

Do You Believe in Magic

9:30pm

Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival

Carnivora

12pm

9pm

The Adventures of Walter and Bruce

9:30pm

ASTORIA: Part One

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

Psychic Utopia

8pm

db

12pm

Dust on My Shoes, The Musical

The Tail of Sleeping Beauty… with puppets!

12:30pm You Can’t Get There From Here 1pm

Bunny

Uncommon Sense

2pm

Carnivora

Crackin’ The Code

db My Little Jezebel

William Shakespeare’s Fools

3pm

HOMEBREW 2017: A PDX Animation Showcase

The Tail of Sleeping Beauty… with puppets!

3:30pm

Into the Night: An Exploration

4pm

Bunny

Last Dance

5pm

4X3 Shorts

Tether

The Baby Project

6pm

WORD.VOICE.

7pm

Homeless (the musical)

Pas de Dieux: A Dance of (no) Gods

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan

7:30pm

Heaven Or Helen

8pm

Blind

New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness The Adventures of Walter and Bruce

Iphigenia 3.0

Last Dance

Stories from Maclaren

The Flower Cart

8pm

Displaced Nansen of the North

New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness

The Adventures Of Walter and Bruce

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How to use this guide Events are listed chronologically by date and time, then alphabetically by producer. Full listings for each event appears only once on the first date of the show. Please see date references for additional information.

Festival Passes

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FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Fertile Ground offers festival-goers a wide variety of world premiere projects. Listings that fall under “Fully Staged World Premiere” typically mean the show is fully formed and ready for the stage, to include design and technical support (light, sound, set, costumes, props), so that audience members will have a world premiere theatrical experience. However, for some in this category fully formed means the producer/creator has developed a new show that they are ready to share with the public.

DANCE Dance and theatre performances share common (fertile) ground in their development process and often in their form and presentation. Although founded in the theatre arts, Fertile Ground is an opportunity for audiences to experience a diversity in the Arts. This year, we are delighted to again offer the wide variety of companies and choreographers who make up the Polaris Dance Theatre’s Groovin’ Greenhouse, as well as Allegro Dance Company.

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New “acts of creation” come in many art forms! This year, we welcome back HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase, which will bring viewers new works in the craft of animation. Get curious and see what these Portland artists are making for the screen this year.

WORKSHOP These projects are not quite ready to premiere, but are straining to be on their feet in front of an audience in a big way. These workshop productions are a wonderful opportunity to see a piece that is on the road to completion and perhaps lend your thoughts to its end product. Workshop performances are striving to get ready for the next step in the process toward a world premiere.

STAGED READING Most works of theatre have a multistage journey before they hit the stage as a world premiere; a staged reading is one point in that trajectory. More than a script reading, a staged reading involves actors bringing a script to life with stage movement and burgeoning some design and technical ideas.

READING Take a chance! Come listen as a playwright, with professional actors, shares the dialogue of a script with an audience. This is your opportunity to participate in the development of a play. These readings often feature some of Portland’s best playwrights and actors, and will give you a unique glimpse into the plays that will grace our stages of the future.

FESTIVAL ENRICHMENT This is your opportunity to hear first-hand from a panel of theatremakers about the process of getting new work to the stage. This year, Staged! will host an impressive panel of musical theatre experts to discuss their experiences in launching musicals all over the nation. Jerry Tischleder of Risk/Reward is back at Artists Rep with a host of independent theatre and arts-hybrid artists to talk about their creation process and what they have in the works next.


ated a canvas for regular Americans to act out fantasies of heroism, celebrity, revenge, retribution and rage. db takes the audience on a thrill ride from tense moments aboard the hijacked plane to West Coast spots where the conspiratorial mystery of D.B. Cooper’s THEATRE supposed triumph still echoes. Who is the real FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE D. B. Cooper? And what does the story of the StageWorks Ink presents only unsolved air piracy in American aviation Crackin’ The Code: A history offer to the people obsessed with it? Comedy of Questionable Morals While D.B. Cooper’s exploits continue to Written by Steve Coker fascinate and entertain, how do we reconcile Directed by Steve Coker the lasting effect of terror for those whose FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, lives he endangered? The play, like the case 28 @ 7:30pm; Jan 22, 29 @ 2pm itself, provides little in the way of answers, VENUE: The Alberta Abbey but delivers the riveting complexity of this 126 NE Alberta St. contemporary American myth. “He could be hundreds of suspects. He could be any of TICKETS: $18; $15 Students/Seniors us—a symbol of anarchy, heroism, revenge, PURCHASE TICKETS: libertarianism, Republican, Democrat. My fertilegroundpdx.org thing is to show how he is all of these things, Following last year’s successful reading at and nothing.” –Tommy Smith, The Oregonian Artists Repertory Theatre, StageWorks Ink THEATRE presents a fully staged production of Crackin’ FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE The Code. Crackin’ The Code is a modern, pop Milagro presents culture, comedy that exposes the unwritten El Payaso “male code of conduct.” The story follows By Emilio Rodriguez Bill as he struggles with his loyalties after his Directed by Georgina Escobar best friend’s (soon-to-be) ex-wife comes on to him. Can Bill circumvent “The Code,” keep FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 20, 21 his conscience clear and get the girl without @ 7:30pm losing the trust and respect of his friends… ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Jan 12, 13, 14 and himself? Appropriate for 18+. @ 7:30pm, Jan 15 @ 2pm VENUE: Milagro Theatre THEATRE 525 SE Stark St. FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE TICKETS: $32; $25 Students/$30 Seniors CoHo Productions presents db PURCHASE TICKETS: milagro.org, By Tommy Smith, created with 503.236.7253 Teddy Bergman Amidst chaos, confusion and war, an AmeriCo-produced by Rebecca Lingafelter & can engineer worked to bring electricity to Isaac Lamb rural villages in Nicaragua. El Payaso invites Directed by Isaac Lamb the audience to learn the story of an incredFESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, ible man and the extraordinary people with 28 @ 7:30pm; Jan 22, 29 @ 2pm whom he unexpectedly connected. Our tale is told through the eyes of Elías, a Latino ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Jan 13, 14 @ college student, traveling to Nicaragua 30 7:30pm; Jan 15 @ 2pm; Feb 2, 3, 4 years later, to encounter the people who are @ 7:30pm still carrying on the work of the late Ben VENUE: CoHo Theatre Linder. An engineer and a clown for a cause, 2257 NW Raleigh St. Linder participated in rallies and health TICKETS: $28; $22.50 over 65/under 30; campaigns that brought vaccines to children. $20 Thrifty Thursday His memory lives on in the work of Clowns PURCHASE TICKETS: without Borders and various environmental cohoproductions.org, 503.220.2646 groups that are collaborating to bring this story to life. With red noses and humor, the Thanksgiving weekend 1971. A man calling performers will share the value of “thinking himself D.B. Cooper boards a plane in Portglobally, acting locally." land, hijacks it for $200,000 at the SeaTac

THUR JAN 19

Airport, then parachutes into a snowstorm over Mount Rainier, never to be seen again. db brings to life this electric story, showing how the enduring myth of Cooper has cre-

THEATRE FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Spring 4th Productions Presents

The Flower Cart

By Tobin Gollihar & Ian Sieren Directed by Tobin Gollihar & Ian Sieren FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30pm ADDITIONAL DATES: Jan 12, 13, 14 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Performance Works NW 4625 SE 67th Ave. TICKETS: $15 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org, 971.212.1020 “I brought you flowers,” he said sheepishly; she said joyfully; he said with congratulations; she said mournfully; we said for all the myriad reasons we bring one and other flowers. Spring 4th Productions returns to Fertile Ground with the latest of their original works, The Flower Cart, in a funny, earnest and painful exploration of the varied moments—from the momentous, to the minute—that we mark with flowers. Playwrighting/acting team Tobin Gollihar and Ian Sieren will bring to the stage a year in the life of the Father and Son owners of The Flower Cart. The year is 1983, and the customers’ celebrations of new lives, and new lives together, are starting to feel overshadowed by the dread of lives torn asunder. As is their signature, Gollihar and Sieren find levity in our darkest moments and hope in the humanity of their characters.

THEATRE FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE The Broken Planetarium presents

Atlantis

By Laura Christina Dunn Songs composed by Laura Christina Dunn, Brigit Kelly Young, Kendy Gable, Monica Metzler (Forest Veil), Frank Mazzetti & Maggie Mascal Directed by Eva Andrews Choreographed by Rebekah Stiles FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 22 @ 8pm; Jan 20 @ 10pm; Jan 21 @ 1:30pm ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Jan 18 @ 8pm VENUE: Clinton Street Theatre 2522 SE Clinton St. TICKETS: $20; $15 Student/Senior PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org The producers, writer and choreographer of last year’s Frankenstein: A Cabaret present a new imaginative folk opera based on the myth of Atlantis. After Manhattan is

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completely under water, New Yorkers grow gills and continue on as usual. At the top of one skyscraper surrounded by ocean, a group of East Village folk singers meet every week to share songs they've just written and opinions—many opinions—about the state of the world. From this group, an unlikely friendship between an aging male folk singer who lives above the water line and a young female submerged-songwriter is forged. When he begins to forget words, and then melodies, and finally even the way home, she stubbornly fights to keep things as they were. This imaginative folk opera takes a moving, yet playful, look at how we humans sing, argue, create, equivocate, and just continue on through times of profound loss.

THEATRE/COMEDY FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Dr. Tallulah presents

New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™) By Kelly Nesbitt Creative Support by Giovanni Fusetti, Joyful Raven, Jen Mitas, Anet Ris & Eleanor O’Brien FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 20, 21 @ 8pm (at Lightbox Kulturhaus); Jan 27, 28, 29 @ 8pm (at SomaSpace) VENUES: Lightbox Kulturhaus 2027 NE MLK Blvd. (Jan 19–21) SomaSpace 4050 NE Broadway St. (Jan 27–29) TICKETS: $12 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Dr. Tallulah is a fiery Shamanic Healer, Sexual Activist, Zen Cosmetologist and Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™) Pioneer. Imagine a metaphysical cross between Archie Bunker, Dr. Ruth, Carol Burnett, Edith Bouvier Beale and Maria Bamford. VAGCON™ is a workshop/performance led by Dr. Tallulah that integrates group thrusting, fake orgasmic breathing, 3rd eye rubbing, traumatic storytelling (with a twist!) and consumption of powerful jungle medicine. We utilize Qi-Gong Gi-Long foam rolling movement techniques, laughter-based therapy, and reversed Gestaltian methods to emphasize the phenomenality of both client (Dr. Tallulah) and therapist (Audience) to safely cultivate attunement, freedom and reconnect with our VAGCON™. This is the work! Anyone interested in becoming more connected to the VAGCON™ is welcome—beginners, cismales, wounded healers, laymen, seasoned practitioners. No vagina is necessary to tap into the fold!

This original story taps into the zeitgeist of a New Age baby boomer generation and walks the line between satire and the performer‘s (Nesbitt) own vulnerability in her quest for intimacy. It‘s a combination of pratfall/seriousness and uses pathos/audience participation in her descent into the exploration of her sexuality that reveals her heart’s truest desire. It‘s poignant, raw, zany, hilarious, grotesque, absurd and brilliant. You‘ll laugh, sigh, possibly cry. For mature audiences.

PERFORMANCE ART FULLY STAGED WORKSHOP Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents

Tether – A One-Woman AntiCircus about Brain Chemistry Written & performed by Sara Fay Goldman Directed by Rusty Tennant FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 26 @ 9pm; Jan 22, 29 @ 5pm; Jan 25 @ 7pm VENUE: The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven SE 2nd & Hawthorne St. TICKETS: $15; $10 Students/Seniors PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Ever wanted a look into the mind of ADD? Don’t, please. I haven’t had a chance to straighten up. Instead, I’ll explore onstage what makes us, and keeps us, who we are offstage. At the intersection of disease and identity—Oh, look: there’s a daisy... Using a variety of theatrical modes including circus, music, mime, storytelling and dance, a physical theatre artist explores the trials and textures of what the National Institute of Mental Health calls a brain disorder. The show contains adult themes which may not be suitable for children under 12. NOTE: The venue is under the Hawthorne bridge. Private club: RSVP required. For more information: www.facebook.com/FuseTheatreEnsemble (Runtime: Under 1 hour)

THEATRE WORKSHOP Be Space Studio presents

A Teaspoon of Water: Contemplative Arts Salon Created & Directed by Elizabeth Russell, Beth Lorio, Dan Miller & Kristin Gordon George FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 26 @ 9:30pm VENUE: Vibrant Studios 1532 SW Jefferson St. TICKETS: $15 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org

A Teaspoon of Water is the love child of Contemplative Practice in all its forms and the Salon (living room) evening. As an amalgam of two such rich traditions, ATW seeks to bring the performer and the audience to the same floor in an intimate exchange. Mindful, heartful, depthful creation arises from the space between. The unknown becomes a friend, absurdity is worn well, fear is gently smiled at. The making-a-fool quality is always present when you stand at the edge of the empty space and…willingly take the first step. Barbara Dilley

THEATRE/IMPROVISATION FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE YOCTO Theatre presents

Free Box

By Mary Rose & Nathaniel Holder Directed by Sean Bowie FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 21, 27 @ 7:30pm; Jan 20, 26, 28 @ 9:30pm VENUE: Headwaters Theatre 55 NE Farragut St. #4 TICKETS: Pay What You Are Able This year we’re thinking inside the box … A free box…You fill the box…We make the show. Yocto Theatre—the company that brought you Genuis and last year’s hit, CockTales, returns to Fertile Ground this year with Free Box—an object-based improvised adventure. The conceit is simple: inspired by the Portland phenomenon of free boxing, you—the audience member—is invited to bring an item to put in our free box. The show’s performers will have no exposure to the box before the show and will have no idea what’s in there. They will proceed to improvise a show using its contents. What’s it gonna be? A lamp? Textbook? Photo album? A Neil Diamond Greatest Hits Cassette? As each object is discovered, it will influence the course of the improvisation. No two shows will be the same as they will change based on the donations. Free Box will feature Mary Rose and Nathaniel Holder, two accomplished practitioners of Action Theater—a practice of improvisation that has its roots in physical theatre, dance and meditation. Oh, and we needn’t forget… at the end of the night, you get to raid the free box! Yocto Theatre was founded on one simple principle, “Play it forward…” with our philosophy rooted firmly in the principles of the gift economy. All are welcome. None will be turned away.

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THEATRE FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Last Dance Productions presents

Last Dance

By Sky Yeager Directed by Jonathan Walters FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 19, 21, 27 @ 9:30; Jan 20, 26, 28 @ 7:30; Jan 22, 29 @ 4pm VENUE: The Headwaters 55 NE Farragut St. #4 TICKETS $15; $12 Students/Artists PURCHASE TICKETS fertilegroundpdx.org Last Dance is a new original piece, combining theatre, projection, dance and music that details one angel’s complicated and liberating transference into human form occurring in real time over the course of an evening. The play, written by Sky Yeager, is created/ performed by actor and butoh dancer Kat Macmillan and actor Jaime Lee Christina and directed by Jonathan Walters. Last Dance explores notions of suicide, agency in life and spiritual purpose. The character’s journey invites the audience to ponder what really happens on the “other side” of life after death or before birth. The question of “how precious life really is” is a theme woven throughout the thought process of this once-divine being incarnated in order to feel human love. The guardian angel that warned her not to take that leap is in tow, by turns vicariously living through her charge and also protecting and attempting to bring her back. Last Dance is an experience, which in the end encourages the audience to take hold of their own choices, suspend their beliefs and disbeliefs and live their lives to the fullest, trusting the divine wisdom in each and every heartbeat.

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PURCHASE TICKETS: tickets@theatrevertigo.org, 503.482.8655 A woman awakes, screaming inside a burlap sack. She crawls out, bloody and battered to find she’s in a clearing in the Ozarks. She believes the world has ended, but remembers little. And so begins a nightmarish journey of discovery. Mythical creatures, ghosts and memories haunt her as time leaps from past to future and back to present as she struggles to piece together the puzzle of her brutal reality. And now, she must make a decision that might affect the entire world. A savage, suspenseful and moving exploration, Carnivora exposes the desperation of the 21st Century as madness and beauty intertwine in this new era of uncharted territory for humanity.

WORKSHOP PDX Playwrights presents

Daisy Dukes Shorts Night! By PDX Playwrights Directed by Julie Akers FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 28 @ 7pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org The jury chose these 11 short shorts written on the theme “All the Difference in the World:” Blah and Order, by Alex Haslett, Buddha Belly by Anna Nicholas, The Cover of Darkness by Miriam Feder, Eros in Chains by Danna Schaeffer, Heaven on Fire by Katie Bennett, Live Strong by James Kim, by Brad Bolchunos, The Question by Gregory Forbes, Spilt Beans by Sally Stember, Swing Set by David Matson and Transmit Now by Peter Armetta.

DANCE Polaris Dance Theatre presents

FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Theatre Vertigo presents

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Polaris Junior Company, Neo Youth Company & Portland Belly Dance Guild

Written & Directed By Matthew B. Zrebski FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30pm; Jan 29 @ 2pm ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Feb 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30pm; Feb 5, 12 @ 2pm VENUE: The Shoebox Theatre 2110 SE 10th Ave. TICKETS: $20; $10 Students; Thurs/Sun 7:30pm PWYW

Polaris Dance Theatre presents Groovin’ Greenhouse, a series of world premiere dance works. Polaris, along with guest dance companies from every corner of Portland, are working with established and emerging Portland choreographers to present brand

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new dance works in Polaris Dance Theatre’s intimate black box theatre. Each evening will include a performance by Polaris Dance Theatre’s professional company, with a World Premiere by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer Robert Guitron. Guitron and his athletic company play with fresh, new ideas with this work-in-progress. The Polaris Dance Company will also feature work by Spanish Choreographer and Company Dancer, Gerard Regot. His inspiring new work grapples with the struggles of overcoming loss. This diverse company will pull at your heartstrings and demand the audience members think in a different way. We’re additionally proud to be presenting work by Polaris Dance Theatre’s Junior Company (JCo) and Neo Youth Company. These young, energetic and talented dancers bring new work to the evening. JCo and Neo pieces are choreographed by Director M’Liss Quinnly. This evening also includes a crowd-pleasing performance from the Portland Bellydance Guild. Bringing fresh new dance work to the festival with multiple performers, the Guild will display the vastly different facets of bellydance! Four main styles will be represented: Folkloric/Traditional, Cabaret/Orientale, Tribal Improv and Theatrical/Fusion.

THEATRE STAGED READING The Vanport Mosaic presents

Left Hook

By Rich Rubin Directed by Damaris Webb FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21 @ 7:30pm; Jan 21, 22 @ 2pm VENUE: Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 5340 N Interstate Ave. TICKETS: Pay What You Can (Suggested $10; $5 Students/Seniors) PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org The place is Portland, Oregon; the time, the early 1970s. A once-thriving AfricanAmerican community has been irrevocably disrupted by urban renewal and serial

VENUE: Polaris Dance Theatre 1826 NW 18th Ave. FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 20 @ 7:30pm TICKETS: $18–22 PURCHASE TICKETS: polarisdance.org

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displacement. City planners now have a new, ambitious project in mind: a major expansion of Emanuel Hospital. As scores of additional homes and stores are razed, people in the neighborhood grow increasingly angry about their loss of community and their powerlessness in the face of it. An exception to this widespread sense of frustration is Ty King, an ex-Army sergeant and the owner of a local boxing club. Where others see disruption, Ty sees opportunity. Hoping to find lucrative work as the hospital expands and the neighborhood rebuilds, Ty uses all his savings to start a small construction company. Ty is dealing with other pressing matters as well, as his protégé Donnie, a young and promising boxer, prepares for an important upcoming bout. Donnie seems to be equally enthralled by the burgeoning Black Panther movement and Ty’s 17-year-old daughter, Ava. Ty views both fascinations with great unease, as he sees himself losing control over much of what is central in his life. Events come to a boil when the hospital expansion does not go as planned, with climactic consequences for both the neighborhood and Ty himself. A curated conversation will follow the Jan 22 matinee performance.

is centered on a man who is haunted by the cultural erasure of history, his wife’s Alzheimer’s, the failure of his ambitions and his endless to-do lists. Dreams, children’s books, internet content providers, support groups and the audience offer him dubious guidance. Concussion Healing is an original movement exploration of post-concussive healing. Other artists hosted by SomaSpace will also present brief pieces created for these two evenings.

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Rogue Pack’s Stories from Maclaren is facilitated by playwright Francesca Piantadosi. Piantadosi conducts playwriting workshops @ Maclaren Youth Correctional Facility for incarcerated boys in the custody of Oregon Youth Authority. Ten boys, ages 12–24, will share their personal stories by writing an original and authentic piece of theatre. Piantadosi guides the boys through the scriptwriting workshop process. Each week their plays are read aloud and critiqued by fellow students. A dramaturg and director participate to discuss their functions in the theatrical process and provide feedback. In the rehearsal process, the boys collaborate with professional actors who will perform their scripts and bring their stories to life. Via videoconferencing from Maclaren, the boys will watch the performances and participate in audience talk-backs after each show along with the performers. Rogue Pack provides an open forum in which these incarcerated youth, who come from surprisingly diverse cultures and backgrounds, can reveal their challenges, hopes and desires. This is an opportunity for these youth to connect with the greater Portland community through artistic expression, resulting in cultural understanding between the playwrights and audience. Youth gain a greater understanding of their own cultural identities as the public realizes the challenges these boys face and are given an opportunity to offer their support in these troubled times.

WORKSHOP Saying Yes! Improvisation and SomaSpace present

Lethe in the Light and Concussion Healing Conceived & performed by BC Grew & Jacqueline Rubenstein FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21 @ 7:30pm VENUE: SomaSpace 4050 NE Broadway St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Lethe in the Light is an original piece partly written, partly following an improvised score, and partly pure improvisation, using the techniques of Scott Kelman. The piece

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THEATRE WORKSHOP Rogue Pack presents

Stories from Maclaren Correctional Facility By Incarcerated Boys Ages 12–24 Directed by Patrick Walsh FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21, 27, 28 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Sellwood Playhouse 901 SE Spokane St. TICKETS: $10; $15 door; $12 Students/Seniors PURCHASE TICKETS: roguepack.org 971.344.0155

COMEDY FULLY IMPROVISED WORLD PREMIERE Artful Raven Studio presents

The Jade Decanter

Created by Nathaniel Hadley & Sophya Vidal Directed by Nathaniel Hadley FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 27 @ 7:30pm VENUE: The Brody Theater 16 NW Broadway TICKETS: $10; $15 @ the door PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Who knew so much trouble would come from a simple request? Experience the intrigue, mystery and hilarity as we use the most classic themes of noir Ailmography to create a wholly improvised full-length feature show. Will our hero survive being entangled in a dangerous web of crime and deceit? Is that femme fatale telling the truth? Who has the cookies? Set right in the gritty dark underworld of crime and intrigue from the 1940s, this world premiere show will be a night to remember. Eight people, two acts, all driven by one thing: your suggestion. Don’t miss out.

THEATRE/MUSIC/MULTIMEDIA FULLY STAGED READING CompassWorks presents

Displaced

Written & performed by Eliza Jane Schneider Directed by Bruce A. Hostetler FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 8pm; Jan 22 @ 3pm VENUE: Abbey Arts 7600 N Hereford Ave. TICKETS: $20; $15 Students (with ID) PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Displaced is an innovative documentary theatre experience that gives us a new and powerful way to connect with the phenomenon of homelessness and the extraordinary value of those who see us, even though we have forgotten that they exist. Through live music and character impersonations by an actress described by Bruce Weber of The New York Times as “capable of astonishing transformations,” Displaced brings the world’s untouchables to life. Eliza Jane Schneider, the award-winning actress best known for voicing all of the female characters on Comedy Central’s South Park, spent the first two decades of her career traveling the world as a street musician. Her role evolved into that of a grass-roots journalist, one who shared space with, broke bread with and,

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ultimately, tape-recorded the unique and powerful stories of abandoned, mistreated and, often, triumphant human beings living in the streets of our planet’s wealthiest and poorest cities. Bruce A. Hostetler is the Artistic Director of CompassWorks, a Portland theatre company focused on illuminating untold stories through work based on interviews. He holds an MFA in Directing from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and directs throughout North America. This production contains mature subject matter and language.

THEATER/LITERARY ARTS/ STORYTELLING FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Portland Story Theater presents

Nansen of the North

By Lawrence Howard Directed by Lynne Duddy FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21, 27, 28 @ 8pm VENUE: Fremont Theater 2393 NE Fremont St. TICKETS: $15; $18 day of show; $5 Arts for All PURCHASE TICKETS: portlandstorytheater.org, 503.284.2226 Since 2008, Portland Story Theater’s acclaimed Armchair Adventurer series has focused on the stories of series creator Lawrence Howard’s Antarctic heroes: Shackleton, Mawson, Amundsen and Scott. This year, for the first time ever, we turn our attention northward to bring you Nansen of the North, the story of Fridtjof Nansen, the father of polar travel, the one who showed them all how it could be done. Nansen, the great Norwegian ski champion. Nansen, a pioneer in neurobiology. Nansen, who made the first-ever crossing of Greenland on skis. Nansen, who set a new record for the Farthest North. Statesman. Diplomat. Humanitarian. One of the founders of the League of Nations. The First UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Nobel Prize winner. Nansen, who famously said, “It is better to go skiing and to think about God than it is to go to church and think about skiing.” Nansen of Norway. Nansen of the North. A captivating performer, Howard holds audiences spellbound and has been called “the Homer of Portland” and “the master of nonfiction on the stage.”

DANCE/CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS WORKSHOP Echo Theater Company presents

Uncommon Sense

Directed by Aaron WheelerKay (Echo Theater Company), Sister: Grit Collective, Zena Walas (Tempos Contemporary Circus), Jack Stocklynn (Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus) FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21, 27, 28 @ 8pm; Jan 22, 29 @ 1pm; Jan 22 @ 4:30pm VENUE: Echo Theater 1515 SE 37th Ave. TICKETS: $25; $18 Youth 12 & under/ Seniors 62+ PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org 503.231.1232 x2 Though humans have a common understanding of what the senses are, our “Common Sensing” tends us toward radically differing interpretations of the sensed world. One person’s sense of humor, justice and appropriateness may vary wildly from another’s. Uncommon Sense is a collection of works by companies combining elements of circus arts, dance, narrative and physical theatre to illuminate themes related to social justice. Featuring performers from diverse theatrical and physical disciplines, and accompanied by a live mixed-abilities band, Echo Theater Company’s Cartwheeling Uphill explores how assumptions affect our expectations, and how limitations offer opportunities for creativity and growth to arise. Sister: Grit’s premiere project, What We Have Been Given, is an exploration of perspective inspired by the effects of socialization and family, and how these intersect to shape our individual truths. Using acrobatics, aerial arts and dance, Tempos will explore the trials and strengths of our most challenging critic, the one inside. Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus explores mythology, grand gestures and wicked magic with his band of queer and trans performers.

THEATRE FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Michael O’Neill presents

William Shakespeare’s Fools

Conceived By Michael O’Neill Directed by Bruce A. Hostetler Dramaturg: Kelly Brown FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21, 27, 28 @ 8pm; Jan 22, 29 @ 2pm ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Feb 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 @ 8pm VENUE: BodyVox 1201 NW 17th Ave.

TICKETS: $15; $12 Students/Seniors PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroudpdx.org From Feste to Falstaff to Hamlet and back again, join Master Clown Michael O’Neill as he takes you on a one-man tour of clowns in The Classics. Michael, a world-class clown, director and scholar, presents William Shakespeare’s Fools, a one-man tour of clowns throughout Shakespeare, introducing you to Shakespeare’s fools, as you’ve never seen them before! In this premiere of his newest exploration of what it means to be a clown, Michael takes us through eight plays and 12 characters in one hour! Come see the world of clown through Michael’s eyes and experience the bawdy, brilliant and truthful fools of Shakespeare in a whole new way! This is sure to be an experience that will leave you laughing. Michael has performed in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries over the last 20 years, from clown to vaudeville to puppeteering. In the last year, Michael has directed and performed in Night Flights student show and annual Fright Night Halloween extravaganza. Most recently Michael directed Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Portland has also seen Michael’s directing work in the Commedia dell’Arte show A Servant of Two Masters at the University of Portland, a production of The Taming of the Shrew at George Fox University and vaudeville/variety shows such as Portland’s highly successful annual Clowns Without Borders benefit show at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Ages 10-UP! Talk backs follow matinee performances.

THEATRE WORKSHOP Faith Helma presents

Do You Believe in Magic Created & performed by Faith Helma FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 20, 21, 28 @ 9pm; Jan 21, 28 @ 7pm VENUE: Yoga Refuge 7831 SE Stark St. #300 TICKETS: $13; $15 Door; $11 Student/Senior PURCHASE TICKETS: faithhelma.com 971.266.1765 Do You Believe in Magic is a new solo performance-in-progress from veteran performer, coach and creative guide Faith Helma. This experiment picks up where Helma’s “weirdly cathartic” manifesto from last year (I Hate Positive Thinking) left off: diving deep into the question of whether magic is real and if so, can we summon it onstage? Helma leads a series of performance experiments, rituals and spells using the tools of her trade: a makeshift

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altar, a magic carpet, a microphone and a DigiTech JamMan looping pedal. If you ever believed in fairies as a child, if you signed up for a magic class and were disappointed that it was only card tricks, if you’ve been hiding the part of you that believes in an invisible world: this performance is for you. Let’s summon that world. Let’s make some magic onstage. “Helma shapes her metamorphosis into an elegant and vulnerable piece.” –Oregon ArtsWatch “Think Samuel Beckett meets Mr. Rogers meets Dear Sugar.” –Portland Mercury “My favorite thing about Faith was that she yelled ‘DOES ANYONE WANT TO DO THE DIRTY DANCING LIFT WITH ME?’” –The Verge

TIME BASED THEATRE PDX Playwrights presents

The Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival Launch By PDX Playwrights FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 20 @ 9:15pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E. Burnside St. TICKETS: FREE Come help us inaugurate and celebrate our new baby—the Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival. It’s guaranteed to be the very newest, freshest work performed at Fertile Ground 2017. How do we know this? Because the work is created during the festival by six of our talented playwrights and 20+ actors! We’ll take 3-4 play prompts from our audience at intermission for Daisy Dukes Shorts Night—roughly 8pm. Just after Daisy Dukes, we’ll randomly assign actors to playwrights in front of your very eyes. They won’t know who or how many or anything until you do. Then come back on Friday, Jan 27 or Saturday, Jan 28 to see what we’ve created (see listing on those dates). It’s Instant Theater on a highwire, without a net!

PARTY! Portland Area Theatre Alliance presents

Fertile Ground 2017 Kick Off Party

FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 22 @ 9:30pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE The ultimate arts-lovin’ folk mix, mingle and meet up to celebrate creativity in Portland. Swing in after a show and kick off Fertile Ground with lovers of new work just like you! The is a great opportunity for culture junkies to grab a drink, compare notes and plot out what’s on the “must-see” list for FG17.

ALSO ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

7:30pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm StageWorks Ink presents Crackin’ The Code | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm CoHo Productions presents db | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Milagro presents El Payaso | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Spring 4th Productions presents The Flower Cart | See full listing on Jan 19 8pm (Lightbox) Dr. Tallulah presents New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness | See full listing on Jan 19 9:30pm YOCTO Theatre presents Free Box | See full listing on Jan 19 10pm The Broken Planetarium presents Atlantis | See full listing on Jan 19

SAT JAN 21 DANCE Polaris Dance Theatre presents

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Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Polaris Junior Company, Neo Youth Company & Les Watanabe VENUE: Polaris Dance Theatre 1826 NW 18th Ave. FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 21 @ 2pm TICKETS: $18–22 PURCHASE TICKETS: polarisdance.org

Polaris Dance Theatre presents Groovin’ Greenhouse, a series of World Premiere dance works. Polaris, along with guest dance companies from every corner of Portland, are working with established and emerging Portland choreographers to present brand new dance works in Polaris Dance Theatre’s intimate black box theatre. Each evening will include a performance by Polaris Dance Theatre’s professional company, with a world premiere by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Robert Guitron. Guitron and his athletic company play with fresh, new ideas with this work-in-progress. The Polaris Dance Company will also feature work by Spanish Choreographer and Company Dancer, Gerard Regot. His inspiring new work grapples with the struggles of overcoming loss. This diverse company will pull at your heartstrings and demand the audience members think in a different way. We’re additionally proud to be presenting work by Polaris Dance Theatre’s Junior Company (JCo) and Neo Youth Company. These young, energetic and talented dancers bring new work to the afternoon. JCo and Neo pieces are choreographed by Director M’Liss Quinnly. Choreographer, Les Watanabe will present Love Songs, a trio of dances to music composed by Cuban singer, Bola De Nieve, and danced by Portland’s Terry Brock, Felice Moskowitz and Laura Stilwell.

THEATRE WORKSHOP Theatredust presents

I Am An Actress...A Passion Play By Jane Comer Directed by Melanie Moseley FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 21, 22, 28 @ 2pm VENUE: Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org What box do you fit into? (Boy/Girl, Black/ White, Rich/Poor) Does that box really fit you? Does it fit your passion? What if you are an actress, but must pretend to be a farmer? In I Am An Actress... A Passion Play, Jane Comer explores her journey from a kid on a rural Oregon farm with a severe speech impediment through her transition to follow her passion and be an actress—despite what anyone else might say or see. Follow Jane, her mom Joyce and her inspirational teachers as she finds and embraces her passion and her true self. What would you do if failure was a distinct possibility and you didn’t care? What

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if loving yourself was more important than being loved by society? Witness Jane as she takes that risk—and find your passion too!

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Shot in the Back Before Christmas

By Ron Lee Directed by Cynthia Whitcomb FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 21 @ 2pm VENUE: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S State St., Lake Oswego TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: tix4.centerstageticketing.com/sites/ lakewoodtheatre, 503.635.3901 When English detective novelist Jonathan Jones comes into a California beach house rental that seems too good to be true, it may be because the previous owner was killed there and his ghost tricked Jones into coming to help him solve his own murder. The suspects are a colorful collection of quirky characters in the tradition of theatrical farce. Murder, mystery, mayhem and merriment.

THEATRE FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Kettlehead Productions presents

The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan Written by Robert Amico & Keziah Peterson Puppetry by Robert Amico Directed by Keziah Peterson FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 21, 28 @ 2pm; Jan 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 7pm; Jan 24 @ 8pm VENUE: Mister Theater 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $18; $15 Students/Seniors; $10 children under 13 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org The tales of Paul Bunyan are the creation myths of the American landscape and spirit, embodying the love of tall talk and even taller doings. Join the four giants of the Paul Bunyan legends, Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox, Hels Helsen, and Jenny Inkslinger, while they bring the adventures of the great logger to life as he strives with the dark, deep woods of the American frontier. With hand-crafted, Bunraku-inspired puppets and newly written folk songs, The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan invites you to experience the journey of the frontier spirit in a time when giants shaped America. Recommended for ages 10+.

WORLD PREMIERE READING Snow Storm Productions presents by Holly Johnson Directed by Hester Schell FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 21, 22 @ 3pm VENUE: Portland Center Stage, Ellen Bye Studio Theatre 128 NW 11th Ave., Downstairs TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org A tale of time travel and the power of art: Two quarreling sisters, Bea and Abby, vacation together in hopes of getting closer, when one of them vanishes through a portal into Bruegel’s painting “Hunters in the Snow” in the Vienna art museum. Bea loves this world where all her pain and ailments evaporate mysteriously. With help from kindly Jack of the American Embassy, Abby searches for her sister. Returning to the museum with Jack, Abby disappears into the painting too, going after Bea with a vengeance. As the sisters face off in the freezing climate, people in the painting touch their lives: Smart-mouthed detective Elsa, an art history major, going in and out of the painting at will, handsome hunter Hans falling for Bea, his friend Fritz, and Bruegel, fiery and philosophical, who doesn’t approve of modern people in his world. Bea likes Hans, and loves being in the painting. Look closely. She’s there on the ice. Skating.

THEATRE STAGED READING Sarah E. Shively presents

The Baby Project

By Sarah E. Shively Directed by Pat Janowski Sound Design & Projections by Marilys Ernst FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 21 @ 3pm, 7pm; Jan 22, 23, 24, 25 @ 6pm; Jan 25 @ 3pm; Jan 28, 29 @ 5pm VENUES: The 18th Avenue Peace House, Metanoia Peace Community (Jan 21) 2116 NE 18th Ave. Blackfish Gallery (Jan 22, 23, 24) 420 NW 9th Ave. Bridgeport United Church of Christ (Jan 25) 261 NE 76th Ave. Vanport Square Studio, (Jan 28, 29) 5229 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. TICKETS: $8 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org

A woman of her time, Sarah delayed motherhood as education, career endeavors, lack of sperm and lack of support all clouded her journey until it was almost too late. This solo-show chronicles the trials of one woman whose desire to become a mother during an age of liberation made her a rebel, a warrior, an anarchist and a science experiment. Told with heart-touching candor and witty humor, this story covers the difficult ground of family-making for the post-feminist female. “I always wanted to be a mother, and yet, becoming a mother was not really something our mothers wanted for us. During a time when the term “Planned Parenthood” has become synonymous with abortions and pregnancy prevention, how can our society embrace and teach young woman and men to truly think about and responsibly include family planning into their adult lives? I hope that in sharing my story, other woman will be empowered to share theirs.” –Sarah E. Shively

THEATRE STAGED READING PDX Playwrights presents

Pas de Dieux: A Dance of (no) Gods By John Ernest Servilio FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 21, 29 @ 7pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org In the near future five people living on the street watch the end of the world go by: Sham has seen it coming, and carries a satchel containing proof; Karla refuses to believe it is happening, because a positive outlook has always served her in the past; Nickle, a foul-mouthed believer with St. Vitus Dance, has been trying to die in the arms of God for a while, but dying with everyone else doesn’t feel so special; Crown is disturbed most by the failure of a system he was once so good at manipulating, yet no longer functions; and Mina, the poet, atheist, and reluctant hero, must be the one to conjure up the most procreative of transformations in the presence of a dying world. With nothing left to lose, what is it these five ill-matched people possess that can bring the world back from the brink? Both funny and poignant, Pas de Dieux is a consideration of what it means to have hope, lose hope, screw hope and dance for your enemy.

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Polaris Dance Theatre presents

CONCERT PERFORMANCE Northwest Theatre Workshop presents

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, NW Fusion & Les Watanabe

VENUE: Polaris Dance Theatre 1826 NW 18th Ave. FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 21 @ 7:30pm TICKETS: $18–22 PURCHASE TICKETS: polarisdance.org Polaris Dance Theatre presents Groovin’ Greenhouse, a series of World Premiere dance works. Polaris, along with guest dance companies from every corner of Portland, are working with established and emerging Portland choreographers to present brand new dance works in Polaris Dance Theatre’s intimate black box theatre. Each evening will include a performance by Polaris Dance Theatre’s professional company, with a world premiere by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Robert Guitron. Guitron and his athletic company play with fresh, new ideas with this work-in-progress. The Polaris Dance Company will also feature work by Spanish Choreographer and Company Dancer, Gerard Regot. His inspiring new work grapples with the struggles of overcoming loss. This diverse company will pull at your heartstrings and demand the audience members think in a different way. This evening, is also shared by NW Fusion under the direction of Brad Hampton. These young, energetic and talented dancers bring fresh new work to the festival. NW Fusion is a pre-professional dance company with the focus of preparing young artists for a career in the performing arts. For more information please visit: NWFusion.org. In addition, Choreographer, Les Watanabe will present Love Songs, a trio of dances to music composed by Cuban singer, Bola De Nieve, and danced by Portland’s Terry Brock and Felice Moskowitz. Inspired by the intriguing and deeply emotional music of Cuban singer Bola de Nieve, “Love Songs” captures love in its varied forms and meanings, from longing to joy, to the pain of unrequited love. Emma Mochnick exhibits an elegant and wondrous presence. The charismatic Laura Stilwell has performed, produced and choreographed shows in NY and internationally. She is also a jazz vocalist who recently performed in Milan. Felice Moskowitz has helped countless dancers achieve success with her dedication as an arts educator. Terry Brock is an internationally recognized artist, performer, master teacher, choreographer as well as Ambassador of American tap dance. Costumes for the soloists by the talented Wendy Mathews.

Just This One

Music & Lyrics by Paul deLay Book by Wayne Harrel Directed by Judy Straalsund Musical Direction by Dave Fleschner FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 21 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St. TICKETS: $20–35 PURCHASE TICKETS: albertarosetheatre.com | 503.764.4131 A concert performance celebrating Portland blues legend Paul deLay. Born in Milwaukie, admired worldwide, deLay—aka Paulzilla, the Blues Monster, the Round Mound of Sound—was a tremendous musician of scattered potential until a 1990 arrest changed his life...for good. Just This One presents the wonder of Paul’s singing, songwriting, harmonica-playing career through his own heartbreaking and hilarious tunes. Created by writer/producer Wayne Harrel (Remme’s Run, Buried Fire), featuring top Portland musicians and starring international bluesman Sugaray Rayford, this is a one-night stand to remember.

THEATRE STAGED READING PDX Playwrights presents

Short & Sweet

By LineStorm Playwrights Directed by Patrick Walsh FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 21 @ 9pm; Jan 27 @ 7pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E. Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org LineStorm Playwrights, a new name and new energy from old friends P-Town Playwrights, offers 11 short shorts: Assessment by Audrey Block, Break by Sara Jean Accuardi, Dress by Naga Nataka, Eye of the Beholder by Rich Rubin, Games People Play by Debbie Lamedman, Last Gasp by Miriam Feder, Four Men, One Woman by Susan Faust, New Brunswick, New Jersey by E.M. Lewis, Overdue by Josie Seid, After this Episode by Brianna Barrett and Shanghaied by Lolly Ward.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

1:30pm The Broken Planetarium presents Atlantis | See full listing on Jan 19 2pm The Vanport Mosaic presents Left Hook | See full listing on Jan 20 7pm Faith Helma presents Do You Believe in Magic | See full listing on Jan 20 7pm Kettlehead Productions presents The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | See full listing on Jan 21 7:30pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm StageWorks Ink presents Crackin’ The Code | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm CoHo Productions presents db | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Milagro presents El Payaso | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm YOCTO Theatre presents Free Box | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm The Vanport Mosaic presents Left Hook | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm Saying Yes! & SomaSpace present Lethe in the Light and Concussion Healing See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm Rogue Pack presents Stories from Maclaren | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm Spring 4th Productions presents The Flower Cart | See full listing on Jan 19 8pm CompassWorks presents Displaced | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm Portland Story Theater presents Nansen of the North | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm (Lightbox) Dr. Tallulah presents New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness | See full listing on Jan 19 8pm Echo Theatre presents Uncommon Sense | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm Michael O’Neill presents William Shakespeare’s Fools | See full listing on Jan 20 9pm Faith Helma presents Do You Believe in Magic | See full listing on Jan 20 9:30pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19

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SUN JAN 22 THEATRE STAGED READING PDX Playwrights presents

Literary Theory

By Sherry Lane Directed by Riley Lozano FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 22 @ 12pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org What is literature? And what purpose does it serve? As Amy prepares her lectures, she grapples with these questions and receives some unexpected visitors. A lively glimpse into the history of literary theory and a celebration of all things Portland.

THEATRE STAGED READING PDX Playwrights presents

Dust on My Shoes, The Musical By Beverly Frentress FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 22 @ 2pm; Jan 29 @ 12pm ADDITIONAL DATES: Feb 9–11, 16–18, 23–25 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org When the question turns to fidelity, Allan and Melinda take a closer look at their relationship and how to save their blended family. They wind their way amidst the ballads, Pop songs, R&B and Electronica of this original score.

DANCE Polaris Dance Theatre presents

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Portland Bellydance Guild & Polaris Dance Theatre Venue: Polaris Dance Theatre 1826 NW 18th Ave. FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 22 @ 2pm TICKETS: $18–22 PURCHASE TICKETS: polarisdance.org

Polaris Dance Theatre presents Groovin’ Greenhouse, a series of world premiere dance works. Polaris, along with guest dance companies from every corner of Portland, are working with established and emerging Portland choreographers to present brand new dance works in Polaris Dance Theatre’s intimate black box theatre. Each evening will include a performance by Polaris Dance Theatre’s professional company, with a World Premiere by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Robert Guitron. Guitron and his athletic company play with fresh, new ideas with this work-in-progress. The Polaris Dance Company will also feature work by Spanish Choreographer and Company Dancer, Gerard Regot. His inspiring new work grapples with the struggles of overcoming loss. This diverse company will pull at your heartstrings and demand the audience members think in a different way. This afternoon also includes a crowd-pleasing performance from the Portland Bellydance Guild. Bringing fresh new dance work to the festival with multiple performers, the Guild will display the vastly different facets of bellydance! Four main styles will be represented: Folkloric/Traditional, Cabaret/Orientale, Tribal Improv and Theatrical/Fusion.

THEATRE/MUSICAL STAGED READING Lakewood Theatre Company presents

MULTI-MEDIA/ANIMATION WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING Artful Raven Studio presents

HOMEBREW 2017: A PDX Animation Showcase Curated by Sophya Vidal Works by Various local PDX Animators FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 22, 29 @ 3pm VENUE: 5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall St. TICKETS: $10; $5 ASIFA/ SIGGRAPH Members PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase is back for more! This new collection of works from the gamut of local animators, you’ll find the screening collection fun, refreshing and very Portland. Organized and moderated by Sophya Vidal, a long-standing member of the animation and theatre community, creative and thoughtful storytelling are at the core of the program. The screening will be followed by a panel with several of the creators, so bring your best questions and get to know your Portland Animation Ambassadors. This event is brought to you by The Animation resource Community Service (ARCS), Portland ASIFA, and Cascade SIGGRAPH.

Wings of Fire

Book & Lyrics by Hayley Green Music & Lyrics by Austin Green Directed by Hayley Hoffmeister Green FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 22 @ 2pm VENUE: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S State St., Lake Oswego TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: tix4.centerstageticketing.com/sites/ lakewoodtheatre, 503.635.3901 Wings of Fire is inspired by historic accounts of the notorious Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. This new musical theatre work in-development shares an intimate perspective of this tragic event. The story follows a sisterhood of young immigrant women as they try to achieve the American Dream in New York City at the turn of the 20th Century. The contemporary musical score is drawn from the American popular music of the early 1900s to fully immerse the audience in the era.

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STAGED READING PDX Playwrights presents

FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Portland Center Stage At The Armory Presents

My Little Jezebel

By Danna Schaeffer Directed by Julie Akers FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 22 @ 5pm; Jan 29 @ 2pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Murder is like no other death. This onewoman show bares the struggle to live with the murder of a beloved daughter but stay open to joy and even hilarity.

THEATRE STAGED READING PDX Playwrights presents

4X3: Knock it Off, The Glurping, The Rusty Wheel and Morning Coffee By Brad Bolchunos, Lauren Emery & Miriam Feder Morning Coffee is directed by Julie Akers FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 22 @ 7pm and Jan 29 @ 5pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org In Brad Bolchunos’ play Knock it Off, Hodge and his friends confront assumptions about tolerance when an uninvited guest brings along unsettling behavior. Bolchunos’ comedy The Glurping asks if all we have to fear is fear itself, can Marvin Fitzbacher summon the courage to be king? Lauren Emery’s play The Rusty Wheel explores the dynamics of confrontation and the struggle for power in the workplace when a woman tells her boss that she doesn’t like the way he touches her. What follows is awkward, unsettling and brutally funny. Miriam Feder’s play Morning Coffee ponders the pitfalls of love over 50 as Karl and Nancy navigate a friends-with-benefits relationship. Is keeping options open really an option?

ASTORIA: Part One

Adapted & Directed by Chris Coleman FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 22, 24, 25 @ 7:30pm ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Jan 14, 15, 17, 18, 31, Feb 1–5, 8–11 @ 7:30pm; Feb 2, 9 @ 12pm; Feb 5, 11, 12 @ 2pm VENUE: U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory 128 NW 11th Ave. TICKETS: $25–$70 PURCHASE TICKETS: pcs.org 503.445.3700, The Armory box office Adapted from the best-selling book by Peter Stark, this harrowing dual journey—one over land, one by sea—will be told with an exceptional cast of 16 actors. At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries—President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor—foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history’s dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent. This monumental piece of American history will be told in two parts over the course of two seasons. Part One is about the journey to Astoria and Part Two (which will premiere in the 2017–2018 season) is about the establishment of Astoria, the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast.

THEATRE WORKSHOP Steve Perkins presents

Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls) By Steve Perkins & Jim Menges Directed by Steve Perkins FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 22, 23, 24 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Shout House 210 SE Madison St. Ste. 11 TICKETS: $10; $15 door PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls) is an evening of three short workshop performances about brotherhood, sisterhood and others caught in-between. Fairy/Tale is a modern fable of nature vs. nurture, of the lines drawn to survive and create family. The story by

Steve Perkins features two brothers comingof-age, one straight, the other not so much. In Marty’s World, an American expatriate happily drowning in Asia’s male dominated nightlife swims upstream against globalization and karma. Free market and morals collide, resulting in hilarious observations and sobering realities. Playwright Jim Menges has lived in Bangkok and worked extensively in the computer industry. Hard-learned lessons and words of inspiration for old boys and young men alike provide the framework for a man ought to know that…, an ensemble piece developed through improvisation from Steve Perkins’ book by the same title. All three plays question the binary path taken throughout history. From violence toward women and one another to institutionalized control, there can be no denying that men have run amok for quite some time. Let’s have that conversation. (No one ever speaks of women running amok.) “Balls!” said The Queen, “If I had ‘em, I’d be King.”

ALSO ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

1pm Echo Theatre presents Uncommon Sense | See full listing on Jan 20 2pm StageWorks Ink presents Crackin’ The Code | See full listing on Jan 19 2pm CoHo Productions presents db | See full listing on Jan 19 2pm The Vanport Mosaic presents Left Hook | See full listing on Jan 20 2pm Theatredust presents I Am An Actress... | See full listing on Jan 21 2pm Michael O’Neill presents William Shakespeare’s Fools | See full listing on Jan 20 3pm CompassWorks presents Displaced | See full listing on Jan 20 3pm Snow Storm Productions presents Sisters in the Snow | See full listing on Jan 21 5pm Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents Tether | See full listing on Jan 19 6pm (Blackfish) Sarah Shively presents The Baby Project | See full listing on Jan 21 4pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19 4:30pm Echo Theatre presents Uncommon Sense | See full listing on Jan 20 7pm Kettlehead Productions presents The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | See full listing on Jan 21 7:30pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm The Broken Planetarium presents Atlantis | See full listing on Jan 19

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MON JAN 23 THEATRE LUNCH READING Artists Rep presents

Miss Ethnic: Non-specific By Kristina Habbab FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 23 @ 12pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE A personal journey for identity and selfacceptance as seen through the lens of a California-born actress with Middle Eastern and Greek heritage. From squeezing lemon juice on her hair to be like Marcia Brady to changing her last name to better meet the expectations of Hollywood, Miss Ethnic NonSpecific is a humorous and touching window into the experience of an actress looking to find where she fits in—especially post 9/11 when her roles were quickly narrowed to that of “the devastated Middle Eastern mother.” (60 minutes)

THEATRE FESTIVAL ENRICHMENT—PANEL DISCUSSION In partnership with Artists Rep, RISK/REWARD presents

2017 New Work Preview Moderated by Jerry Tischleder FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 23 @ 6pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE Risk/Reward’s annual Fertile Ground event gathers Portland’s independent theatre, dance and hybrid art-makers to discuss their creation process and upcoming projects—special guests to be announced. Come and learn about some of the most inventive projects coming to Portland stages in 2017, followed by a staged reading of Andrea Stolowitz’s, Successful Strategies. More info at risk-reward.org.

THEATRE READING Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents

Badge of Honor

By Tim Blough Directed by Tim Blough FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 23 @ 7:30pm; Jan 24 @ 10:30am VENUE: The Sanctuary 1785 NE Sandy Blvd

TICKETS: $10 Jan 23; $8 Jan 24 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Two friends agree to meet in a local park after years of non-communication. Their motives—one wants support for his political campaign; the other is seeking the truth about an event that has haunted him for years. Perception, race, ethics, loyalty and trust are pushed to the limit. As the two men recount their shared history, it becomes evident the past will ultimately determine their futures.

THEATRE STAGED READING In partnership with Artists Rep, Corrib Theatre presents

Hurl

by Charlie O’Neil Directed by Tracy Cameron Francis FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 23 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre, Laswell Hall 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE A non-traditional hurling team made up of members originally from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cuba, Bosnia, Vietnam, Argentina and inner-city Dublin—an unexpected picture of rural Ireland and the GAA led by an alcoholic priest and a washed up trainer as it overcomes impossible barriers despite discrimination and bureaucratic obstacles. Hurl is a part of Corrib’s Intercultural Ireland Initiative. (120 minutes)

THEATRE STAGED READING Artists Rep presents

Successful Strategies By Andrea Stolowitz Directed by Dàmaso Rodríguez FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 23, 24 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Theatre 1516 SW Alder St. TICKETS: FREE Successful Strategies is inspired by the Marivaux comedy in which three couples hilariously attempt to save their own relationships by pretending to fall in love with someone else in 1733 Burgundy, France, the ancestral home of the Pinot Noir grape. This play takes place now in the Willamette Valley, the North American home of the Pinot Noir grape. An Oregon play about love, grape growing, and wine making in all of their individual and exquisite pains. SPECIAL EVENT: After the show on 1/24 join Oregon wine makers in a panel discussion/tasting session where they relate the themes from the play to their own life, work and wine. (110 minutes)

THEATRE WORKSHOP

A group of young artists present This Thing That We Made Created & produced by Nate Cohen, Emily Eisele, Sean Grosshans, Clifton Holznagel & Joellen Sweeney FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 23 @ 8pm, 10pm VENUE: Imago Theatre 17 SE 8th Ave. TICKETS: $10; $5 Students PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org, 847.226.4113 It’s a big crazy world we live in. Sometimes you need to just stop for a minute and breathe. That’s what this is. A collective breath. This workshop of an original piece will use music, poetry, story telling, and more as-of-yet-unknown methods of performance and communication to dive into the notion of celebrating the here and the now. Our team is made up of young professionals who all met as part of the Third Rail Mentorship Program several years ago. Now we are taking the opportunity to build something simple and new that we hope is equal parts poignant, delightful and quirky. Our piece is about growing up, growing older, falling in love, falling out of love, and the space that exists between us. Or maybe it’s just this thing that we made.

ALSO ON MONDAY, JANUARY 23

6pm (Blackfish) Sarah E. Shively presents The Baby Project | See full listing on Jan 21 7:30pm Steve Perkins presents Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls) | See full listing on Jan 22

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ALSO ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

TUES JAN 24 THEATRE LUNCH READING Artists Rep presents

Adaptive Radiation, a Play with Magic By Hannah Benitez FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 24 @ 12pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE Four millennials are brought together and catapulted into whimsical chaos by a strange, contagious, other-worldly speck of light. (90 minutes)

10:30am Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents Badge of Honor | See full listing on Jan 23 6pm (Blackfish) Sarah E. Shively presents The Baby Project | See full listing on Jan 21 7pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Portland Center Stage presents ASTORIA: Part One | See full listing on Jan 22 7:30pm Steve Perkins presents Men Run Amok (or It Takes Balls) | See full listing on Jan 22 7:30pm Artists Rep presents Successful Strategies | See full listing on Jan 23 8pm Kettlehead Productions presents The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | See full listing on Jan 21

THEATRE/DRAMA READING Lakewood Theatre Company presents

WED JAN 25

Scars

Adaptation by Roccie Hill with Laurence Overmire from the novel, Scars, by Richard Berg, CSC Directed by Nancy McDonald & Laurence Overmire FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 24 @ 7pm VENUE: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S State St., Lake Oswego TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: tix4.centerstageticketing.com/sites/ lakewoodtheatre, 503.635.3901 Scars is a dramatic play in one act about the most debilitating mental health issue of our time, post-traumatic stress, also known as PTSD. Based on intimate conversations with courageous men and women who have served in combat, this is a story that opens minds and hearts to what they endure in war and the trials they undergo upon their return home. Says the author, Richard Berg, “I gave these interviews a great deal of thought and research. Clearly, we are dealing with more than the wounds of war here. Wounds heal. Scars remain.” Be sure to stay for the discussion following the peformance. Recommended for 16+.

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THEATRE LUNCH READING Artists Rep presents

The Vast Impossibility of Now By Nate Cohen FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 25 @ 12pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE Aaron is a photojournalist. Kate teaches English. Their relationship is everything it ought to be—until Aaron is embedded with a rebel combat unit in Syria. This play jumps in and out of memory as they try to unpack the mistakes they’ve made with each other over the course of one harrowing night. (60 minutes)

CIRCUS ARTS FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Prismagic presents

Bunny

Written & directed by Petra Delarocha FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 25 @ 7:30pm; Jan 29 @ 1pm, 4pm ADDITIONAL RUN DATE: Jan 18 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Curious Comedy Theater 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. TICKETS: $15 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org

Portland’s favorite narrative circus is at it again with their new show, Bunny! Frango il Magnifico is a sweet and gentle magician who is struggling to bring his creations to life. When he tries a new potion on his stuffed rabbit, he gets more than he bargained for! This rabbit is ready for curtain call and is not taking “No” for an answer. She is fierce, bossy and temperamental… all in all the perfect assistant for the bashful Frango. But will she last forever or will she pull a disappearing act? In Bunny, Prismagic blends simple magic, beautiful aerial and hilarious illusions to create the heartwarming story about not giving up on your dreams. The show was conceived, written and directed by Petra Delarocha, who strives to create stories that speak to your inner sweetheart and support you on your personal journey.

THEATRE WORKSHOP In partnership with Artists Rep, Hand2Mouth Theatre presents

Psychic Utopia

Created by Hand2Mouth Theatre, with Collaborating writer Andrea Stolowitz Directed by Jonathan Walters FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 25 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE This new ensemble-created performance explores the real human impulse to seek paradise on earth and the consequences of following that calling. The work is inspired by first-person accounts and new interviews (carried out by the artistic team) with former residents from several intentional communities that were established out West in the last 50 years. As we share new ideas and material we will also aspire to create a little utopia with you—the audience—so please be there in body, mind and spirit.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 3pm (Bridgeport) Sarah E. Shively presents The Baby Project | See full listing on Jan 21 6pm (Bridgeport) Sarah E. Shively presents The Baby Project | See full listing on Jan 21 7pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19 7pm Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents Tether | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Portland Center Stage presents ASTORIA: Part One | See full listing on Jan 22 7:30pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20

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THURS JAN 26 THEATRE LUNCH READING Artists Rep presents

The Thing in Jesse’s Room By Zay Amsbury Directed by Jessica Wallenfels FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 26 @ 12pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE When an invisible object appears in Jesse’s room in the middle of the night, his family must make desperate acts of uncanny intimacy to escape its achingly familiar presence. (90 minutes)

ALSO ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

7:30pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm StageWorks Ink presents Crackin’ The Code | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm CoHo Productions presents db | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Spring 4th Productions presents The Flower Cart | See full listing on Jan 19 8pm CompassWorks presents Displaced | See full listing on Jan 20 9pm Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents Tether | See full listing on Jan 19 9:30pm YOCTO Theatre presents Free Box | See full listing on Jan 19 9:30pm Be Space Studio presents A Teaspoon of Water | See full listing on Jan 19

FRI JAN 27 THEATRE LUNCH READING Artists Rep presents

Rory and the Devil By David McElwee FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 27 @ 12pm VENUE: Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. TICKETS: FREE

Three generations of family, lovers and ghosts converge in an Irish country pub to uncover the stories and secrets of their shared past. (85 minutes)

MUSICAL THEATRE STAGED READING Staged! presents

1980’s Teen Musical Book & lyrics by Mark LaPierre Music by Eric Nordin & Mark LaPierre Directed by Diane Englert Music Direction by Eric Little FESTIVAL DATES: January 27 & 28 @ 7pm VENUE: World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org From the people who brought you last season’s smash hit Heathers: The Musical and three-year Fertile Ground phenomenon 4x4=Musicals comes a new pop musical. It’s 1989 at John Hughes High where every student is fabulous and amazing EXCEPT Samantha. Previously ignored and now totally invisible to her classmates, Samantha has found the answer to her prayers—spending her senior year of high school at the French School of Ennui. She proposes her totally rad plan to her Mom, who won’t let Samantha go until she tries, “really tries,” to make friends. Samantha strikes a deal—if she can be voted Most Friendly by the end of the year, her Mom will let her go. Now a grumpy social outcast must befriend all the Teen Supermodels, Vision-Questing Jocks, Fame Dancers, Rising Pop Singers, Real Genius Nerds and Rebellious Idealists, in order to be allowed to escape. Nostalgia—it’s not just for The Breakfast Club! Featuring a new score in the style of Queen, The Go-Go’s, and the Thompson Twins and starring the Staged! Conservatory students, alumni and special guests Lisamarie Harrison and Susannah Mars! A musical to the max for teens of all decades. For more info, please visit stagedpdx. org or call us at 971.803.7713.

MUSICAL THEATRE STAGED WORKSHOP Dub Squad Music presents

Homeless (the musical) Book by Alan Alexander III Music & Lyrics by Alan Alexander III & Kathryn Grimm Directed by Jon Garcia FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 27, 28, 29 @ 7pm VENUE: Clinton Street Theater

2522 SE Clinton St. TICKETS: $15; $10 Students/Seniors PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org After escaping an abusive marriage, Matilda is living on the streets. There she finds temporary shelter in a makeshift camp. But when the camp is threatened by a sweep, Matilda finds a family worth fighting for! This is a story of personal growth, compassion and ‘family.’ A new musical by Alan Alexander III (Alan’s Confectionery, Alexander’s Real Time Band, Dub Squad) and Kathryn Grimm (Hippie Love Slave). More information at dubsquadmusic.net.

DANCE Polaris Dance Theatre presents

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Vitality Dance Collective & Darvejon Jones

VENUE: Polaris Dance Theatre 1826 NW 18th Ave. FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 27 @ 7:30pm TICKETS: $18–22 PURCHASE TICKETS: polarisdance.org Polaris Dance Theatre presents Groovin’ Greenhouse, a series of world premiere dance works. Polaris, along with guest dance companies from every corner of Portland, are working with established and emerging Portland choreographers to present brand new dance works in Polaris Dance Theatre’s intimate black box theatre. Each evening will include a performance by Polaris Dance Theatre’s professional company, with a world premiere by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Robert Guitron. Guitron and his athletic company play with fresh, new ideas with this work-in-progress. The Polaris Dance Company will also feature work by Spanish Choreographer and Company Dancer, Gerard Regot. His inspiring new work grapples with the struggles of overcoming loss. This diverse company will pull at your heartstrings and demand the audience members think in a different way. This afternoon’s program is shared with the intriguing Vitality Dance Collective who will present, Surroundings, an exploration of where we’ve been, where we are going and where we can only dream of. Additionally, choreographer Darvejon Jones will premiere his new work, On Weathering. This new piece focuses on the choices we make and the ones we don’t that contribute to our longevity and weathering.

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THEATRE WORKSHOP Orphic presents

Iphigenia 3.0 By Brian Kettler Directed by Andrew Wardenaar FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 27, 28 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Shout House 210 SE Madison St. Ste. 11 TICKETS: FREE RESERVATIONS: orphicplays.org, 971.570.9273 “If you’re still bleeding, it still matters…”— Iphigenia 3.0 is a freewheeling, modern adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia Among the Taurians that combines elements of slapstick comedy, slasher horror and straight-up Greek Tragedy. Set in a chaotic post-Trojan War world, the play examines the lengths a group of Taurian women will go to shield themselves from the corrupting influences of patriarchal violence and unchecked sexual desire. Burrowing into the famously screwed up House of Atreus, Iphigenia 3.0 imagines a reality wherein Iphigenia was saved from sacrifice at the very last moment and welcomed into a community of chaste, religious women. All is well until Iphigenia’s long-lost brother, Orestes, washes up on shore and the estranged siblings instantly fall in love with each other. Along for the ride are Orestes’ sex-obsessed cousin Pylades, the ghosts of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and a chorus of three Taurian women who are as winsome as they are bloodthirsty. As the characters fight to keep the doomed siblings apart, the stakes get higher and the body count rises. Iphigenia 3.0 is a thrilling, violent, meta-theatrical experience not meant for the faint of heart.

THEATRE WORKSHOP White Collar Crimes Presents

The Adventures of Walter and Bruce

Co-created by Jacob Trillo & Anthony Arnista FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 27, 28, 29 @ 8pm VENUE: Circus Project 1420 NW 17th Ave. #388 TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Join Walter and Bruce in their second Fertile Ground performance! The famous comedy duo is back and in even more trouble than before! This new show will continue to draw on their vaudevillian inspirations; think Laurel and Hardy crossed with Samuel

Becket, and will include plenty of physical buffoonery, shadow puppetry and outrageous comedy. White Collar Crimes workshopped their first show Perpetual Wednesday as part of the 2015 Fertile Ground Festival. Over the next two years they toured their show to the Fringe Theatre Festivals across Canada and The States, picking up two Best of Fest awards in Calgary and San Francisco. They also received rave reviews across Canada: “a madcap hour of neo-vaudevillian comedy” four and a half stars out of five –Times Colonist. “This duo brims with potent chemistry; a piston-pumping energy and precise laser-like comic timing.” Four stars out of five –CBC. “This hilarious and absurd tale is going to have your cheeks aching from laughter.” –Plank Magazine

THEATRE WORKSHOP PDX Playwrights presents

Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival

By Katie Bennett, Brad Bolchunos, Jeff Donaldson-Forbes, Julianna Gonzalez, Alex Haslett & Gabrielle Widman Festival Dates: Jan 27, 28 @ 9:30pm VENUE: Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org The Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival is guaranteed to be the very newest, freshest work performed at Fertile Ground 2017. How do we know this? Because the work is created DURING the festival! Think of it as theatre on a highwire with no net. Six talented playwrights will get 3–4 prompts and will be randomly assigned 2–6 cast members on the night of PDXP’s Daisy Dukes Shorts Night and Crazy Dukes Launch (Jan 20). The playwrights will then write 10-minute plays in 48 hours, rehearse them in five days and stage them for you. Guaranteed crazy—and guaranteed amazing!

ALSO ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

7pm PDX Playwrights presents Short & Sweet | See full listing on Jan 21 7pm Kettlehead Productions presents The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | See full listing on Jan 21 7:30pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm StageWorks Ink presents Crackin’ The Code | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm CoHo Productions presents db | See full listing on Jan 19

7:30pm YOCTO Theatre presents Free Box | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Rogue Pack presents Stories from Maclaren | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm Spring 4th Productions presents The Flower Cart | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Artful Raven Studio presents The Jade Decanter | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm CompassWorks presents Displaced | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm Portland Story Theater presents Nansen of the North | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm (SomaSpace) Dr. Tallulah presents New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness See full listing on Jan 19 8pm Echo Theatre presents Uncommon Sense | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm Michael O’Neill presents William Shakespeare’s Fools | See full listing on Jan 20 9:30pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19

SAT JAN 28 THEATRE FULLY STAGED WORLD PREMIERE Northwest Children’s Theater presents

The Tail of Sleeping Beauty... with Puppets!

Created by Sarah Jane Hardy & John Ellingson Music by The Bylines Directed by Sarah Jane Hardy FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 28, 29 @ 12pm & 3pm ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Feb. 4–26 (Saturday & Sunday performances) VENUE: Northwest Children’s Theater 1819 NW Everett St. TICKETS: $16–20 Youth: $20–25 Adult PURCHASE TICKETS: nwcts.secure.force.com/ticket, 503.222.4480 The Tale of Sleeping Beauty is one of the world’s oldest and most revered fairy tales… and it has just been hijacked by a company of crazy bird puppets, The Starlings. Making their NWCT Mainstage debut, these feathered friends will stop at nothing in their quest to seize the spotlight and re-write history. Not only will The Starlings appear onstage to tell the story, but also in, around, and all

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over NWCT. Sprung from the mind of (and hand-crafted by) NWCT Associate Artistic Director, designer, fabricator and actor John Ellingson, The Starlings will not nest, er… rest… until their version of the story is told. Oh, and you just might catch them running lights and sound, taking tickets, ushering, or selling concessions. Get ready to truly see the story of Sleeping Beauty unfold... from a bird’s eye view. Most enjoyed by ages 5 & up.

THEATRE STAGED READING Empire of Australia presents

You Can’t Get There From Here By Wally Zialcita Based on an alternate universe conceived by Richard Kotulski FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 28, 29 @ 12:30pm VENUE: Actors in Action 323 NE Wygant St., Ste 203 TICKETS: Pay What You Wish, at the venue Empire of Australia is an ongoing project that speculates an alternate history of the world. Working through a variety of media, including theatre, we imagine what might have been if the world had taken a different turn in the year 1151. You Can’t Get There From Here, a stage play set in an alternate present day, asks: “What would you do if you learned that there was an ideal version of yourself? Shouldn’t you want to be that person? Shouldn’t you be willing to pay the price?” The year is 2017, and Madigan is heartbroken. Her 17-year-old son Kiley, she insists, is not himself. Madigan grieves for what Kiley should have been: tall, clever, brave, and a pretty good tap dancer. The ideal version of Kiley, the son she has loved for all of his life, should have been a happy boy. Should have been, could have been, can be. A controversial new medical procedure promises to assuage the guilt of mothers everywhere, swapping one life for another. But the buy-in is a bit steep, and Madigan is having a crisis of faith. She needs a second opinion, an 11th-hour second opinion. Is anyone out there listening?

THEATRE STAGED READING Community Dream Productions with support from Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents

Blind

By Bonnie Ratner Directed by Bobby Bermea FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 28 @ 1pm; Jan 29 @ 7:30pm VENUE: Third Rail at Imago Theatre 17 SE 8th Ave.

TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org Blind, set in the 1960s, is a play for our time, asking hard questions like “Who owns the neighborhood?” and “How can we truly see other as human beings when we’re unwilling to take a hard look at ourselves?” In 1967, Harold Stein commutes from his home on Long Island to his small shoe store in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Like other Jewish merchants in this predominantly black neighborhood, Stein operates his store behind a locked door, fearful of being robbed or worse. On Long Island, his wife, Sylvia, is also trapped—partly by her own demons, but also by a culture that denies her dreams. Stein has no answer for his wife’s troubles or the charged political climate. Sylvia’s answer is to blame the “other.” His daughter Susan’s answer is to accuse Stein of being a “ghetto merchant.” In Bed Stuy, Millie True teaches high school. Her son, Jimmy, is a Black nationalist like his father, Millie’s ex. Millie understands the pull toward that philosophy, although she leans more toward Dr. King’s “Beloved Community.” Millie witnesses a young black man trying to get into Stein’s store. She sees Stein deny him entrance because the merchants don’t let in black males by themselves. She intervenes, disrupting Stein’s fear and isolation. His ensuing relationships with Millie and her family, especially her teenage son, challenge not only Stein but also those of us who bear witness to his journey. Talkback facilitated by Color of Now following Jan 28 matinee.

DANCE Polaris Dance Theatre presents

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring Polaris Dance Theatre, Polaris Junior Company & Neo Youth Company

VENUE: Polaris Dance Theatre 1826 NW 18th Ave. FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 28 @ 2pm TICKETS: $18–22 PURCHASE TICKETS: polarisdance.org Polaris Dance Theatre presents Groovin’ Greenhouse, a series of world premiere dance works. Polaris, along with guest dance companies from every corner of Portland, are working with established and emerging Portland choreographers to present brand new dance works in Polaris Dance Theatre’s intimate black box theatre. Each evening will include a performance by Polaris Dance Theatre’s professional company, with a World Premiere by Artistic Director and Resident

Choreographer, Robert Guitron. Guitron and his athletic company play with fresh, new ideas with this work-in-progress. The Polaris Dance Company will also feature work by Spanish Choreographer and Company Dancer, Gerard Regot. His inspiring new work grapples with the struggles of overcoming loss. This diverse company will pull at your heartstrings and demand the audience members think in a different way. We’re also proud to be presenting work by Polaris Dance Theatre’s Junior Company (JCo) and Neo Youth Company. These young, energetic and talented dancers bring new work to the evening. JCo and Neo pieces are choreographed by Director, M’Liss Quinnly. Additionally, choreographer Darvejon Jones will premiere his new work, “On Weathering”. This new piece focuses on the choices we make and the ones we don’t that contribute to our longevity and weathering.

THEATRE/ONE ACTS READINGS Lakewood Theatre Company presents

Young Playwrights Festival By Nikolas John Alves, Meghan Mueller, Haley Phillips & Natalie Schur Program director Megan Kate Ward FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 28 @ 2pm VENUE: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: tix4. centerstageticketing.com/sites/ lakewoodtheatre/, 503.635.3901 Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) is a collection of one-act plays by High School playwrights from the PDX metro area who have been selected to work with professional directors and actors to gain insight, experience and feedback to develop their plays. YPF provides an opportunity for these playwrights to learn and discover how to hone their playwriting skills through a series of workshops

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with theatre professionals. The culmination of this process is to experience the audience response at this presentation of their work.

THEATRE WORKSHOP Be Space Studio presents

Open Score – Contemplative Arts for Everyone Created & Directed by Elizabeth Russell, Damaris Webb & Beth Lorio FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 28 @ 3pm VENUE: Be Space 211 SE 11th Ave. TICKETS: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org “The basic problem in artistic endeavor is the tendency to split the artist from the audience and then try to send a message from one to the other… In meditative art, the artist embodies the viewer as well as the creator of the works. Vision is not separate from operation…” –from Dharma Art Letter by Chogyam Trungpa. Join practitioners from Teaspoon of Water: A Contemplative Arts Salon to explore Open Score, a simple practice that invites us to meet each other in the present moment. Using basic principles of mindfulness, pedestrian movement, and a playful spirit, we will create a ‘mutually co-arising’ performance work together.

MUSICAL THEATRE PANEL DISCUSSION Staged! presents

Art Factory: Building a Musical Panelists Include: Barrett Wilbert Weed, Corey Brunish, Mark LaPierre & Eric Nordin FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 28 @ 5pm VENUE: World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon St. TICKETS: FREE, Suggested donation at the door What makes a musical? Who makes a musical? And how long does it take to go from light bulb to footlight? Join this experienced panel in discussing how musicals are made. We start with musical theatre writers Mark LaPierre (whose work has been produced at the York Off-Broadway, sold-out run at NYMF – New York Musicals Festival, and PAMTA winner for Best Original Musical and Best Original Score for Heart Beatings), and Eric Nordin (writer of The Wizard of Pantoland, Find Me Beside You, and contributor to 4x4=Musicals) to explore the writing and collaboration process. Next, Tony-Award winning Producer Corey Brunish (Matilda, Catch Me If You Can, Beautiful –

The Carole King Musical, If/Then, Shuffle Along and the upcoming Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen and Empire) shares his insights on taking the musical into the professional realm. We wrap up with Broadway actress Barrett Wilbert Weed (the original Veronica in Heathers: The Musical at New World Stages, Lysistrata Jones, FOUND the Musical) to delve into the process of originating a role on a timeline. Moderated by Director/Producer Diane Englert (Portland Rep, Staged!, SPECTRE Productions). For more info, please visit stagedpdx.org or call us at 971.803.7713

DANCE Polaris Dance Theatre presents

Groovin’ Greenhouse 2017 Featuring A-WOL & Polaris Dance Theatre

VENUE: Polaris Dance Theatre 1826 NW 18th Ave. FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 28 @ 7:30pm TICKETS: $18–22 PURCHASE TICKETS: polarisdance.org Polaris Dance Theatre presents Groovin’ Greenhouse, a series of world premiere dance works. Polaris, along with guest dance companies from every corner of Portland, are working with established and emerging Portland choreographers to present brand new dance works in Polaris Dance Theatre’s intimate black box theatre. Each evening will include a performance by Polaris Dance Theatre’s professional company, with a world premiere by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Robert Guitron. Guitron and his athletic company play with fresh, new ideas with this work-in-progress. The Polaris Dance Company will also feature work by Spanish Choreographer and Company Dancer, Gerard Regot. His inspiring new work grapples with the struggles of overcoming loss. This diverse company will pull at your heartstrings and demand the audience members think in a different way. Joining Polaris on the closing evening of Groovin’Greenhouse is also A-WOL Dance Collective. A-WOL, one of Portland’s favorite aerial dance companies, will perform new work by their professional aerial company. This innovative new piece will incorporate aerial silks and ropes.

DANCE WORLD PREMERIE MULTIMEDIA DANCE PRODUCTION The Allegro Dance Company presents

Into the Night: An Exploration of Life, Love & Loss By The Allegro Dance Company Directed by Ashley López

FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 28 @ 7:30pm; Jan 29 @ 3:30pm VENUE: BodyVox Theater 1201 NW 17th Ave. TICKETS: $30; $55 VIP; $20 Student/Senior PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org The Allegro Dance Company is thrilled to present their first full-length production Into the Night: An Exploration of Life, Love & Loss. This newly formed contemporary belly dance troupe reflects Director Ashley López’s signature fusion style while exploring the mystery, pain and ultimate beauty of the human condition. Mortality is boldly and elegantly confronted in this multimedia production of dance, music and film. Ashley López is an internationally touring artist. She teaches locally, online and worldwide. Trained in multiple styles of belly dance, she is also a certified yoga, fitness, and Pilates instructor and holds a bachelor’s degree in music as an opera singer. López draws from her eclectic background to choreograph intricate, athletic, show-stopping pieces. No two dances are alike in this production. The Allegro Dance Company draws from a diverse pool of local talent. Each dancer brings her own artistic flair to this collaboration. Prepare yourself for fantastic costumes, heart-pounding, zilling theatricality and even some contortion.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

2pm Theatredust presents I Am An Actress... | See full listing on Jan 21 2pm Kettlehead Productions presents The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | See full listing on Jan 21 5pm (Vanport) Sarah E. Shively presents The Baby Project | See full listing on Jan 21 7pm Staged! presents 1980’s Teen Musical | See full listing on Jan 27 7pm PDX Playwrights presents Daisy Dukes Shorts Night! | See full listing on Jan 20 7pm Faith Helma presents Do You Believe in Magic | See full listing on Jan 20 7pm Dub Squad Music presents Homeless (the musical) | See full listing on Jan 27 7pm Kettlehead Productions presents The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | See full listing on Jan 21 7:30pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm StageWorks Ink presents Crackin’ The Code | See full listing on Jan 19

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7:30pm CoHo Productions presents db | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Orphic presents Iphigenia 3.0 | See full listing on Jan 27 7:30pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19 7:30pm Rogue Pack presents Stories from Maclaren | See full listing on Jan 20 7:30pm Spring 4th Productions presents The Flower Cart | See full listing on Jan 19 8pm CompassWorks presents Displaced | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm Portland Story Theater presents Nansen of the North | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm (SomaSpace) Dr. Tallulah presents New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness | See full listing on Jan 19 8pm White Collar Crimes presents The Adventures Of Walter And Bruce | See full listing on Jan 27 8pm Echo Theatre presents Uncommon Sense | See full listing on Jan 20 8pm Michael O’Neill presents William Shakespeare’s Fools | See full listing on Jan 20 9pm Faith Helma presents Do You Believe in Magic | See full listing on Jan 20 9:30pm PDX Playwrights presents Crazy Dukes Instant Play Festival |See full listing on Jan 27 9:30pm YOCTO Theatre presents Free Box | See full listing on Jan 19

SUN JAN 29 THEATRE WORKSHOP Late Bloomers Inc. presents

Heaven Or Helen

By Vanessa Hopkins Directed by Vanessa Hopkins FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 29 @ 7:30pm VENUE: New Expressive Works 810 SE Belmont St. TICKETS: $10–$15 PURCHASE TICKETS: fertilegroundpdx.org There are so many women in history that have led extraordinary and highly influential lives who no one knows anything about. Helen Schucman, a spunky little Jewish lady with a PhD. in Clinical Psychology and a self

proclaimed atheist; In the mid '60s while she was a professor of Psychology at Columbia University, was instructed by a “Force” (she later believed to be Jesus) to write the book A Course In Miracles. She and her colleague, Dr. William Thetford, spent over seven years secretly committed to documenting what she was channeling. She struggled deeply during those years of dictation, fearing for her sanity as well as her reputation. When it was finally published, she insisted her name not be associated with the book until after her death in 1981. Heaven or Helen not only gives us the back story of her unique life but takes us on an intimate inner journey through her subconscious mind; through digital imagery, movement, original music and soundscapes— expect to be taken on a ride in and out of dimensional time and space.

THEATRE STAGED READING PLAYWRITE presents

WORD.VOICE.

Written & directed by PlayWrite graduates FESTIVAL DATE: Jan 29 @ 6pm VENUE: U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory 128 NW 11th St. TICKETS: FREE 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 writing workshop. The heart of each writer’s play is a pair of non-human characters, assembled by the writers from their own memories, imaginations and deepest emotional truths. Now, cast with professional actors, these courageous works are ready for an audience! Join us in a celebration of these amazing young artists! Formed in 2003, PlayWrite workshops drive healing through a unique process of creative engagement, transforming lives. Learn more at playwriteinc.org.

ALSO ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

12pm PDX Playwrights presents Dust on My Shoes, The Musical | See full listing on Jan 22 12pm Northwest Children’s Theatre presents The Tail of Sleeping Beauty… | See full listing on Jan 28 12:30pm Empire of Australia presents You Can’t Get There From Here | See full listing on Jan 28 1pm Prismagic presents Bunny | See full listing on Jan 25 1pm Echo Theatre presents Uncommon Sense | See full listing on Jan 20

2pm Theatre Vertigo presents Carnivora | See full listing on Jan 20 2pm StageWorks Ink presents Crackin’ The Code | See full listing on Jan 19 2pm CoHo Productions presents db | See full listing on Jan 19 2pm PDX Playwrights presents My Little Jezebel | See full listing on Jan 22 2pm Michael O’Neill presents William Shakespeare’s Fools | See full listing on Jan 20 3pm Artful Raven Studios presents HOMEBREW 2017: A PDX Animation Showcase | See full listing on Jan 22 3pm Northwest Children’s Theatre presents The Tail of Sleeping Beauty… | See full listing on Jan 28 3:30pm The Allegro Dance Company presents Into the Night: An Exploration… | See full listing on Jan 28 4pm Prismagic presents Bunny | See full listing on Jan 25 4pm Last Dance Productions presents Last Dance | See full listing on Jan 19 5pm PDX Playwrights presents 4X3 Shorts | See full listing on Jan 22 5pm Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents Tether | See full listing on Jan 19 5pm (Vanport) Sarah Shively presents The Baby Project | See full listing on Jan 21 7pm Dub Squad Music presents Homeless (the musical) | See full listing on Jan 27 7pm PDX Playwrights presents Pas de Dieux: A Dance of (no) Gods | See full listing on Jan 21 7pm Kettlehead Productions presents The Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan | See full listing on Jan 21 7:30pm Community Dream Productions presents Blind | See full listing on Jan 28 8pm (SomaSpace) Dr. Tallulah presents New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness See full listing on Jan 19 8pm White Collar Crimes presents The Adventures Of Walter And Bruce | See full listing on Jan 27

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FESTIVAL VENUES VENUES FESTIVAL 5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall St. Portland, OR 97201

Echo Theatre 1515 SE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97214

Abbey Arts 7600 N Hereford Ave. Portland, OR 97203

Fremont Theater 2393 NE Fremont St. Portland, OR 97212

Actors in Action 323 NE Wygant St., Ste 203 Portland, OR 97211

Headwaters Theatre 55 NE Farragut St. #4 Portland, OR 97211

The Alberta Abbey 126 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211

Hipbone Studio 1847 E Burnside St. Portland, OR 97214

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211

Imago Theatre 17 SE 8th Ave. Portland, OR 97214

Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 5340 N Interstate Ave. Portland, OR 97217

Be Space 211 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214

Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S State St. Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Blackfish Gallery 420 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97209

Lightbox Kulturhaus 2027 NE MLK Blvd. Portland, OR 97212

BodyVox 1201 NW 17th Ave. Portland, OR 97209

Milagro Theatre 525 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97214

Bridgeport United Church of Christ 261 NE 76th Ave. Portland, OR 97213

Mister Theater 1847 E Burnside St. Portland, OR 97214

The Brody Theater 16 NW Broadway Ave. Portland, OR 97209

Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219

Circus Project 1420 NW 17th Ave. #388 Portland, OR 97209

Multnomah Friends Meeting House 4312 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97215

Clinton Street Theatre 2522 SE Clinton St. Portland, OR 97202 CoHo Theatre 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland, OR 97210 Curious Comedy Theater 5225 NE MLK Jr Blvd. Portland, OR 97211

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New Expressive Works 810 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214 Northwest Children’s Theater 1819 NW Everett St. Portland, OR 97209 Performance Works NW 4625 SE 67th Ave. Portland, OR 97206

Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Brunish Theater 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Ellen Bye Studio 128 NW 11th, Downstairs Portland, OR 97209 The Sanctuary 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97232 Sellwood Playhouse 901 SE Spokane St. Portland, OR 97202 The Shoebox Theatre 2110 SE 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 Shout House 210 SE Madison, Ste. 11 Portland, OR 97214 SomaSpace 4050 NE Broadway St. Portland, OR 97232 The 18th Avenue Peace House, Metanoia Peace Community 2116 NE 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97212 The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven SE 2nd Ave. & Hawthorne St. Portland,OR 97214 U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory 128 NW 11th St. Portland, OR 97209 Vanport Square Studio 5229 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Portland, OR 97211 Vibrant Studios 1532 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR 97201 World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon St. Portland, OR 97204 Yoga Refuge 7831 SE Stark St. #300 Portland, OR 97215

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