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Nameless Playwrights: New Plays for Fertile Ground 2011 January 15, 2011

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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.


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