Met two great ladies last night at Ostlund & Co. Talking heatedly about “My mind is like an open meadow.” after first eavesdropping on and then busting in to their convo, I (being a theatre maven and not recognizing them) asked why they’d bought passes. One used to do theatre with her own company in ca and the other used to and still dances a little. I thought it was so cool, and duh, that our audiences come from people that have experienced their own connection to the arts. It’s not nec how irresistible yr press photo is or how smart yr copy. These ladies had insightful discernment and love maintaining their relationship to arts as patrons. Hallelujah.
Lunacy Stageworks presents Stories from the Streets
My Mind is Like Whoa! January 19, 2011
Inside the Mind of the Elderly
Bridgetown: A Musical January 18, 2011
BRIDGETOWN, A Musical
Book by Karen Alexander-Brown
Music by Fred Gerard Stickley
Directed by Bruce Hostetler
The musical, BRIDGETOWN, is a celebration of all that is associated with the culture of Portland: local
boutiques, great music, activism, creativity, grassroots opportunities, nearby coastal beaches. However,
the musical also touches upon Portland’s less celebrated aspects: economic difficulties, unemployment,homelessness, the sex trade, feckless relationships, and the uneasy relationship between local and Big
Business. As in many classic plays, the relationships in the beginning are wrong matches destined to fail. However, their resolution in this musical is as original as Portland itself. Join us for an evening celebrating the uniqueness of Portland. Purchase a Voodoo donut or a glass of wine, and experience a musical about finding one’s place (or not) in the city of bridges. Adult language and mature themes.
Purchase tickets online or pay cash at the door.
This show is a part of the Fertile Ground Festival.
NOTE: Map location in Festival Brochure is incorrect. Conduit Dance is in downtown Portland. Please see map on the Fertile Ground Events page.
Check Out the Publicity for Fertile Ground! January 17, 2011
If you haven’t seen all of the wonderful press coverage around Fertile Ground yet, you definitely should check out the Fertile Ground Newsroom.
The Oregonian’s A&E cover story, written by Marty Hughley, said,
“(Fertile Ground) Launched in 2009 by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, a volunteer-run service organization for local theater artists and organizations, the festival offers a veritable buffet of creative endeavor from across the city’s performing arts scene. Having branched out from plays and musicals to also include dance, comedy and various hybrids, this year’s 11-day event will feature 68 shows taking place in more than two dozen locations from the Pearl District to Tigard.”
Isn’t that amazing? 68 shows – ALL by local artists. That’s a lot of local talent. Excited yet?
Fertile Ground starts this Thursday with 11 productions across the city. If you haven’t picked your shows yet, visit the Calendar page.
FESTIVAL PASSES – THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY FERTILE GROUND
The Festival Pass will grant admission to all participating Fertile Ground projects throughout the 10-day festival, including the late night “Hot House,” panel discussions and the “Down and Dirty at 12:30” lunchbox new work reading series.
After ordering a Festival Pass online you will be sent a receipt. On that receipt is a personal link that invites you to “view your order status”. Click through to the order status and then select the “Manage Your Benefits” icon. There you can easily select and reserve your seat to all of the offerings you’d like to attend during the 10-day Fertile Ground Festival. To order your festival pass, click here.
What shows are you looking forward to?
Nameless Playwrights: New Plays for Fertile Ground 2011 January 15, 2011
Portland, Or. – January 1, 2010 – Nameless Playwrights, a group of eight Pacific Northwest playwrights, is pleased to announce its participation in Fertile Ground 2011, the annual city-wide festival of new plays and other performance works, with a selection of staged readings of two full length plays and an evening of six 10-minute plays to be held at the Someday Lounge at 125 NW Fifth Avenue, Portland.
“We’re excited to participate again in Fertile Ground with examples of our latest work,” said Ellen West, a founding member of the group. “Last year, several of us put together Foreplay at the Someday, an evening of short plays about funny or strange things that can happen on the way to a relationship. This year we cranked it up a notch and will be offering two full-length plays, as well as shorter works.”
Nameless Playwrights kicks off its productions Saturday, January 22, at 7 p.m. with “Past Perfect” by Ellen West (Yearning for the one who got away, an older woman encounters a charismatic guru who claims he can manifest her lost love).
At 7 p.m. Sunday, January 23, audiences will see “The A List” a two-act play by Dalene Young (Caitlan, a Hollywood producer, has been given a deadline by the Studio Head tie up the deal with the star by Christmas Eve or the film is off. Instead, she woos a billionaire couple, hoping they will finance the film. By Christmas morning Caitlan’s marriage–and career–explodes).
And on Monday, January 24, at 7 p.m. Nameless Playwrights offers an evening of short works, all comedies: “Aged Meet” by John A. Donnelly (Seniors have found computer dating. But when they meet, do opposites attract?); “The Great Tit” by Gretchen O’Halloran (When a psychiatrist and her ornithologist husband go on their honeymoon, they find leaving their work behind is easier said than done.); “Food for Thought” by Rich Rubin (In the battle of the sexes, is food the ultimate weapon?); “Queen Victoria’s Secret” by Sue Parman (A sizzling 19th-century invention may have enabled the Queen to return to public life ten years after the death of her beloved Albert.); “Spoused” by Mark Saunders (A telemarketer for a small theatre company gets a quick lesson in the pitfalls of love, divorce and pitching the new theatre season.); and “Reality Lit” by Molly B. Tinsley (A young woman discovers a new writing genre and marvels at her own discovery.).
As seating is limited, early reservations are encouraged. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 at www.bumpintheroad.org or $10 at the door. Active theatre goers might prefer to buy a Festival pass, available at www.fertileground.org, for only $50 and enjoy unlimited access to shows and events throughout the 10-day Fertile Ground run.
Nameless Playwrights is in a fiscal partnership with Bump in the Road Theatre, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. For more information about the playwrights or their plays, visit www.bumpintheroad.org or contact Ellen West at 503-680-4432.