Portland, January 30th, 2013. Fertile Ground 2013 is a 10-day arts festival running through February 3rd at 26 different venues. This city-wide festival showcaces new work including 90 live performances: staged readings, developing works and a myriad of other arts events from the Portland creative community. From fully staged world premieres, to ensemble and collaborative driven work, dance, comedy, visual art and film, the festival seeds the next generation of creation.
Fertile Ground was launched by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance in 2009 to provide a platform for Portland theater companies to showcase their commitment to new work. Single tickets for all festival events are purchased directly through the producing companies. All-access Festival Passes are $50 and are available on the Fertile Ground website: www.fertilegroundpdx.org
Unlike a typical fringe festival, Fertile Ground features the finest new work of our local artists, performers and resident theater companies, ensuring that the artistic and financial benefits of the festival stay in Portland.
Part Time Playhouse, a local black box theatre on live television at Metro East Community Media, broadcast a Fertile Ground 2013 Preview Special. The show featured performance excepts from RIBBONS OF WAR by Andrew Fridae, THE GODMOTHER by Sandra de Helen, FORTUNE COOKIES by Donna Barrow, HAIL! by Sally Stember, and interviews with Miriam Feder of PDXPlaywrights and Festival Director Nicole Lane.
Key producers this year include Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, and more, along with many emerging theatre companies, individual playwrights and chorographer producers. For FG13, MilePost5 presents a group of theatre and visual art works under the title “Ripen,” Polaris Dance Theatre presents the “Groovin Greenhouse” again with a variety of choreographers and dance groups, and PDX Playwrights presents 17 staged readings.