Fertile Ground, Portland’s festival of new local work, gets bigger every year since its launch in 2009. This year, the 10-day festival features 68 new events including world premiere theatre, dance, comedy, staged readings, visual art and film. With so many locally grown options to choose from, there’s no doubt your plate will be full this week. After opening weekend, here are my suggestions to make the most of the rest of the festival.
The Sexy, Violent, Classic One:
(I Am Still) The Duchess of Malfi by Joseph Fisher presented by Artists Repertory Theatre
The Funny, Nerdy One:
Big Plastic Heroes: Trying to Be Your Idol is Dangerous by auGi presented by SexyNurd Productions
The Tasty Docu-Drama One:
Famished by Eugenia Woods presented by Portland Playhouse
The Irreverent Political One:
The North Plan by Jason Wells presented by Portland Center Stage
The Dangerous One with Six New Plays:
Fully Loaded Russian Roulette by Dug Martell, Anneke Wisner and Edward Lyons Jr. presented by Contagious Theatre & Gorilla Bomb Productions
The One Requiring Booze, Lyrics and Audience Participation:
Karaoke Night! (the musical) devised and presented by Fuse Theatre Ensemble
The Experimental One That is Still Growing:
Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart created and presented by Hand2Mouth
Check out full descriptions, showtimes, and the rest on offer at the Fertile Ground Website. Festival Passes are a great deal at $50, or buy tickets for shows as you want to see them. The Festival Calendar will help you plan your week. Bon appetite!