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More Festival Press! January 29, 2010

Alison Hallett from the Portland Mercury just posted some fantastic reviews of Truth and Beauty and Roadhouse: The Play… check out her thoughts here.

The Willamette Week has been posting a near daily round up of what they’ve seen and what they thought of it. The most recent post about Pulp Diction and How the Light Gets In(with links to the past posts) is right here.

Suzi Steffen from the Eugene Weekly was up last weekend checking out some shows, particularly Dirtybomb and American Sueno.

She posted her thoughts on their blog here.

And last but not least, NW Children’s Theatre’s Pinocchio gets included in the Oregonian’s Best Bets for this weekend. Check it out here.

You still have 4 more days and nights to GO out and GROW with Fertile Ground.

What will you be making sure not to miss??


Art Scatter Shares Thoughts on The Hillsboro Story January 27, 2010

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Art Scatter, the Portland Arts and Culture blog run by former Oregonian arts editors Bob Hicks and Barry Johnson, posted a beautiful and moving review of Artists Rep’s Fertile Ground entry, The Hillsboro Story (pictured, left). Here’s a quote from that review:

“With Banyas’s fine interwoven script, choreography and direction by Gregg Bielemeier, music by David Ornette Cherry and good performances by Green, Banyas, Paige Jones and Jennifer Lanier in multiple roles, The Hillsboro Story shows why Fertile Ground is such an exciting development for Portland. Good stories are out there, just waiting for a chance to be told.”

Read the full post right here.


Dirtybomb Playwright Takes You Inside the Mind of a Festival Playwright/Producer

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New to Portland playwright Rob Newton joins the festival for the first time this year, and like many of our project participants, was creating and producing his world premiere himself. He shares his experience of going from zero to world premiere on his blog. Here’s an excerpt:

So, we’ve made it through our first weekend of DIRTY BOMB in the Fertile Ground Festival (three and a third shows to go). It’s been such an intense and jarring ride (and it ain’t over yet). We started from scratch on January 4th and opened an amazingly accomplished piece of theater less than three weeks later. I am a one man operation, no producing company, no mailing lists, no assistants, just me. This process started for me when I saw a show in the festival last year made by my friend, Eleanor O’Brien, and I was inspired. I went to an informational meeting in August, signed up a few days later, and started looking for a space. I have to say, that because of the compressed time frame for the festival (and it’s burgeoning popularity), every theater space I contacted had already been booked for the Fest dates. It forced me to look elsewhere

Read the rest of his insights about playwrighting, producing, and participating in the festival here.



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Here’s a great new post from Polaris Dance’s Bernadette Doolan:

Life is a road trip that needs willing passengers in order to acknowledge the importance of a shared existence and to punctuate our lives. Family filled that role instinctually since time began, but modern society has allowed us travel far from our biological roots. This has caused a shift in how we define and extend our DNA to include folk that fulfill our emotional needs for kinship. Sometimes we are fortunate to find souls that heal our wounds, understand our genetic demons, and support our personal journeys.

Polaris is not alone in focusing artistically on the human condition. Not realizing that it would be this endeavor that would lay the foundation for the Polaris Family. Please watch our documentary and catch a glimpse of not only what it means to be a dance company but also how our relationship and commitment to each other could only be classed as family.


New by NW winner a Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neil Playwriting Conference

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Just got word from George Taylor, the Portland playwright who won CoHo Productions New by NW new play contest, that he has some great news about his play The Good Citizen (which receives a reading at CoHo during the Festival):

Here’s the word from George:

Hey, Trisha,

Just got word this morning that Good Citizen was selected as a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2010 National Playwrights Conference, and is therefore under consideration for one of the 8 or so slots at the month-long developmental residency this summer. Nearly 600 scripts were submitted, which were then pared down to 150 semifinalists.

Congratulations George! We’ll have our fingers crossed for you to make it to the finals!


A Thoughtful look at the Lunch Time and Late Night Armory Shows January 24, 2010

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Marty Hughley from The Oregonian has had a chance to check out a couple of the “Down and Dirty at 12:30” lunch time readings on the Armory Mezzanine, as well as the late night “Hothouse” performances. He shares what he’s seen so far.

Among his thoughts:

“Friday night, Portland Gallery Playwrights Group presented short plays or work-in-progress snippets by several of its members. The songwriter/pianist Fred Stickley played a pair of songs from a musical he’s working on with writer Marguerite Scott. “West 23rd” was a breezy pop tune reminiscent of the 1960s Brill Building style of Gerry Goffin, Carol King, et al; “Portland, O’ Portland” was a sweet tribute to the city, though it read too much like a list of post-card sites, not personal connections.

Andrew Wardnaar’s “Good One, God” was a widower’s touching recollection spoken as a now friendly, now angry talk with the Almighty. Rebecca Frost Mayer’s “The Elevator” and Brian Kettler’s “Personal” were similarly concise and intriguing, if less clear in their meanings.”

Read the article here.


Willamette Week Shares Impressions of Festival Day One

Check out what the Willamette Week had to say about the first three shows they’ve seen at the festival so far.

Read their reviews.