Fertile Ground Diaries: Woman on the Scarlet Beast


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Woman on the Scarlet Beast, a darkly sarcastic new play by Portlander Caroline Miller, follows the lives and secrets of three generations of women. There’s the sweet but victimizing grandmother, Dulce (Jane Fellows). Her cynical daughter, Ruby (Adrienne Flagg), is a wheelchair-bound former prostitute struggling with her faith in others. And then there’s Ruby’s daughter, Jenny (Olivia ...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: Bruté

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Billed as a “complete reimagining” of Julius Caesar, Bruté purportedly places the timeless tale of betrayal and greed in 1950s Little Italy. But Gorilla Bomb Productions’ reimagining, part of the Fertile Ground festival, is neither complete nor imaginative. The sole changes to Shakespeare’s script lie in wardrobe, a mercifully shortened storyline and Italian accents as selective as ...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Fertile Ground Diaries: Rain! The Musical

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 Liquid sunshine has been replaced by productivity in the re-christened “city that works.”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

Fertile Ground Diaries: Marilyn/MISFITS/Miller


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

Fertile Ground Diaries: (...)

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

Fertile Ground Diaries: The Seven Wonders of Chipping


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

Bearing Fruit

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

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

One More Round of Fertile Ground Reviews

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

Live Review: The Tripping Point at Shaking the Tree

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

Live Review: Bite Me a Little at Mississippi Studios

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


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