Portland Walking Tours

Portland – Fertile Ground for Playwrights

January 13th, 2012

Next Thursday, January 19 kicks off the fourth annual Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, a 10-day celebration of new plays, plays in development, and even some film and dance.

The Festival features over 100 brand-new works by local playwrights in dozens of venues and represents a great opportunity to get a sneak peak at work that may well grace local, regional, and even national stages in coming years. Names of playwrights, actors and venues range from the familiar to the hoping-to-break-through variety, giving Portlanders a chance to see the evolution of local talent in its earliest, often most experimental stages.

Productions range from one-offs to full runs, from fully staged to concert-style readings, from shorts and one-acts to full-length productions. See the full calendar of productions here.  And get a sneaky-sneaky early-early preview of top one-liners from the shows here.

Is it expensive? Come on, this is Portland. Many shows are $5-10 or pay-what-you-will, and you can buy a festival pass to see as many shows as you can fit in your schedule for a mere $50. That’s less than some plays cost per seat the rest of the year.

Oh, and if you see a few familiar faces on stage now and again, you’re not imagining things. Many of our fabulous Resident Experts dabble in the creative performing arts and will be participating in the festival.

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