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DramaWatch: Rock around the Fertile Ground clock

Ready for the sprint? Portland’s foremost festival of new works returns with 65 projects over 10 days April 12-21. Plus: Carol Triffle goes Neanderthal at Imago, NYC kudos for PDX, more.

Bobby Bermea: Six picks from Fertile Ground

As Portland’s sprawling 10-day festival of new performance prepares to hit the stage running, the creators of half a dozen fresh shows talk about what they’re doing and why.

Regrowth: Fertile Ground rises again

Greater Portland’s festival of new performance returns after a long dry spell to showcase and generate new sprouts of Oregon-grown theater.

DramaWatch: Re-seeding Fertile Ground

The Portland new-works festival is at a crossroads, seeking to ensure its future. Plus: a new/old face at Center Stage, hip-hop from Profile, “Mad” teens and more.

Fertile Ground Festival takes a break

Portland’s annual festival of new works, which reinvented itself during the pandemic, will take a “strategic hiatus” in 2023 to reinvent again.

DramaWatch: Desire and Fertile Ground

Eleanor O’Brien talks about how the new-works festival has sparked her sex-positive shows. Plus the festival’s Week 2 and the “Anastasia” tour.

Making music, symphonic & Black

ArtsWatch Weekly: Oregon Symphony picks a new leader; we begin a Black-music column; finale for Fertile Ground.

Fertile Ground 2021: The Aftermath

Covid changed the game for the new-performance festival. But going virtual was a renaissance, not a retreat.

Belling Shakespeare’s cat

Fertile Ground 2021: Sue Mach’s “Madonna of the Cat” fills in the 16-year gap in Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale.”

Days of Fezziwig past

Fertile Ground 2021: An overlooked character from “A Christmas Carol” gets his close-up in “Fezziwig’s Fortune.”

A room with a redemptive view

Fertile Ground 2021: “The November Project,” which takes place in a bathroom, has roots in a life-turning crisis.

LitWatch Monthly: Love and literature

February on the literary arts front is looking warm and cozy, surrounded by cups of hot chocolate and coffee, and seated in comfortable chairs.

Tough questions, tough answers

Fertile Ground 2021: Lisa Collins’ “Be Careful What You Ask For” delves into a Portland killing and issues of race.

Martha Bakes in Black & White

Fertile Ground 2021: Don Wilson Glenn and Damaris Webb take a spin through the first First Lady’s kitchen.

Interactive cookies and scares

A baking show and an augmented reality game at the Fertile Ground festival mix viewing with performing.

DramaWatch: Uncommon Ground

Fresh voices, surprising ideas emerge at Fertile Ground – and the theater week stays busy elsewhere, too.

Inside Fertile Ground: Six Tales

For the past ten years, Fertile Ground has been the most dynamic event of the Portland theater season. For eleven days the city is engulfed in theater that is by turns thrilling, preposterous, fantastic, raw, hilarious, scary, brutal, inconsistent, challenging, and courageous

DramaWatch: Planning for a bountiful harvest from Fertile Ground

“Conceived and organized by the Portland Area Theater Alliance, Fertile Ground is a new, 10-day, city-wide festival dedicated to the creation and promotion of original works for the theater. Home-grown and wide-ranging, it both reflects and nurtures the creativity, aesthetic diversity and

Speed-dating at Fertile Ground

And lo, on the third day of the New Year, a great clamor fell upon the multitude, and the dread Pealing of the Four Minutes rang out, and the people scurried from line to line, taking their spots in the sun, pitching

ArtsWatch: Covering more with less

On the last Saturday morning in January, as Portland was alight with the Fertile Ground Festival of New Plays and dozens of other significant cultural events, I gave a talk to a good-sized crowd at Terwilliger Plaza, titled “Portland Arts: Covering More

DanceWatch Weekly: In the neighborhood

Welcome to the “meet your neighbor” edition of DanceWatch. Yup, that’s right, you are surrounded by a sea of amazing, talented artists, and they all seem to be popping up THIS weekend. And, the “neighborhood” may be much bigger than you think—at

Watching Readings

Fertile Ground is springing up about us again, and Portland’s theatrical venues are filled with performances—dance, original drama, comedy, even a couple of premiere musicals, all there to delight audiences. And then there are the playreadings. The festival is heavy with new

Spotlight on: E.M. Lewis and ‘Magellanica’

“Ferdinand Magellan, the first to circumnavigate the globe, one of those early sea-farers, named everything after either his queen or himself. In very, very old maps, the kind with sea monsters at the bottom, of the period immediately following his circumnavigation of

DanceWatch Weekly: Time for that coffee break

I LOVE coffee, and I equally love coffee descriptions. They are full of wonderfully descriptive adjectives like dark, rich, smooth, and robust (to name a few), and describe hints of additional/other flavors that you might taste or smell in the coffee like

DramaWatch Weekly: Fertile Ground, Playing Favorites

For YEARS, at multiple publications, I used to compile an overview of Fertile Ground titled “Fertile Ground Speaks for Itself,” wherein quips from the scripts submitted by their authors comprised the entire story, and I just formatted it. It is, after all,

Fertile Ground: get set, go

It was 5:30 on a blustery Thursday evening – still rush hour in The City That Sometimes Works – and Nicole Lane was busy herding cats. Some of the media people were stuck in traffic and still on their way but they’d

DramaWatch Weekly: Double Chekhov, Ghost Hunters

Hello. The holidays are over and now plays can be about anything again. Next week brings Fertile Ground, brimming with homegrown theater offerings of every conceivable topic and timbre. There’ll be almost too much to mention then, so this week by comparison

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