Headout: Groundhouse

The Fertile Ground Festival gets dark.

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

One Week In, Quick Takes on Fertile Ground


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

LIVE REVIEW: Oslund + Co/Dance's Childhood Star

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Imagine a person is trapped inside a cloth sack and stretching the surface trying to get out from the inside. That's what the sculptures adorning the stage of Oslund's newest work Childhood Star look like. The show was commissioned by local dance presenter White Bird and premiered last night as part of Portland's Fertile Ground festival (read WW's big preview on the festival here). In constantly transitioning ...   More
Friday, January 21, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Fertile Ground Day 1: Memory Water, Truth and Beauty and The Hillsboro Story

The first day of the Fertile Ground Festival of new play has come and gone. Here's what we saw on day one of ten: Truth and Beauty It's been a long time since Many Hats Collaboration's last full show—Lava Alapai's Mutt in 2005—and I had very high expectations for the company's latest project. Truth and Beauty is an adaptation (by Elizabeth Klinger, who also directs the show) of ...   More
Saturday, January 23, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fertile Ground Day 2: Willow Jade

I only made it to one show on the second day of the Fertile Ground Festival (see our reviews from day one here): Hunt Holman's play Willow Jade, a social satire about a bunch of losers in a small Washington town that turns into something significantly stranger, which is getting a very short but very full production at Portland Playhouse. The play blends absurdity with despair in the best way. ...   More
Sunday, January 24, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fertile Ground Day 3: Dirty Bomb

My last show from the first weekend of the Fertile Ground Festival was Dirty Bomb: A thoroughly perplexing world premiere, written and directed by recent New York transplant Rob Newton, in which a pair of despicable middle-aged siblings drink, scream and complain about their mother, who is rapidly falling into dementia, and the depraved young hustler who seems determined to destroy all their lives. ...   More
Monday, January 25, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fertile Ground Day 5: Pulp Diction and How the Light Gets In

After a short break for press day, we're back with more of the Fertile Ground festival of new performance art. Pulp Diction Presents: The Rewrite Man Everyone has something to hide in this occasionally mystifying reading of a new spy thriller, written by Oregon Book Award winner Steve Patterson and delivered with a splash of neo-noir. "There's cloak and dagger, and then there's crazy," announces ...   More
Thursday, January 28, 2010 NATALIE BAKER


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