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2017 Fertile Ground Plays Presented at Lakewood

Series sponsor at Lakewood: Banner Bank

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Fertile Ground at Lakewood 2015Lakewood Center for the Arts will host four staged readings during Fertile Ground, the city-wide new works festival based in Portland. Listen in as a playwright, with professional actors, shares the dialogue of a script with an audience­—sometimes for the first time, sometimes with fresh revisions, always seeking input.

Single Tickets for our readings are $10 at Lakewood Box Office at 503-6350-3901 or order securely online. The series sponsor for the four plays at Lakewood is Banner Bank. Festival passes are $50 and available by ordering through See the full schedule for all Fertile Ground events throughout Portland here.

The four shows include:

  • Shot In the Back Before Christmas, Saturday, Jan 21 @ 2 PM
  • Wings of Fire, Sunday, Jan 22 @ 2 PM
  • Scars, Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 7 PM
  • Young Playwrights Festival, Saturday, Jan 28 @ 2 PM

All of the Lakewood Fertile Ground offerings will be staged readings and are world premieres (defined as not having had a fully staged production in another venue in its current form regionally or nationally).

Shot In the Back Before Christmas

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 PMweb-shotinthebackfertileground.jpg
By Ron Lee
Directed by Cynthia Whitcomb

When English detective novelist Jonathan Jones comes into a California beach house rental that seems too good to be true, it may be because the previous owner was killed there and his ghost tricked Jones into coming to help him solve his own murder. The suspects are a colorful collection of quirky characters in the tradition of theatrical farce. Murder, mystery, mayhem and merriment.

Wings of Fire

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Book and Lyrics by Hayley Hoffmeister Green
Music and Lyrics by Austin Green

Directed by Hayley Hoffmeister Green


Wings of Fire is inspired by historic accounts of the notorious Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. This new musical theatre work in-development shares an intimate perspective of this tragic event. The story follows a sisterhood of young immigrant women as they try to achieve the American dream in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The contemporary musical score is drawn from the American popular music of the early 1900's to fully immerse the audience in the era.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7 PM

Adaptation by Roccie Hill
 with Laurence Overmire
 from the novel, Scars, by Richard Berg, CSC

Directed by Nancy McDonald and Laurence Overmire

Scars is a dramatic play in one act about the most debilitating mental health issue of our time, posttraumatic stress, also known as PTSD. Based on intimate conversations with courageous men and women who have served in combat, this is a story that opens minds and hearts to what they endure in war and the trials they undergo upon their return home. Says the author, Richard Berg, "I gave these interviews a great deal of thought and research. Clearly, we are dealing with more than the wounds of war here. Wounds heal. Scars remain."  Be sure to stay for the discussion following.

Recommended for ages 16 - adult 

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2 PM

Works by Nikolas John Alves, Meghan Mueller, Haley Phillips, Natalie Schur

Program director, Megan Kate Ward

The project is underwritten in part by grants from The Wheeler Foundation and the City of Lake Oswego.

Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) is a collection of one act plays by High School playwrights from the PDX metro area who have been selected to work with professional directors and actors to gain insight, experience and feedback to develop their plays. YPF provides an opportunity for these playwrights to learn and discover how to hone their playwriting skills through a series of workshops with theatre professionals. The culmination of this process is to experience the audience response at this presentation of their work.

About Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground 2017 is a 11-day arts festival that will be held January 19 through 29 in Portland, Oregon. This city-wide festival is focused on new work in the Arts. It will feature world premiere projects, staged readings, developing works and a myriad of other arts events from the Portland creative community. The 2016 Festival included more than 75 Portland-generated new works. From fully staged world premieres in theatre, to ensemble and collaborative driven work, dance, comedy, visual art and film…this festival spans the spectrum of creative endeavor and seeds the next generation of creation through artist conversations, workshops, lunchtime readings and more.

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. Where other New Works Festivals are curated by one theater company and typically feature a string of staged readings, this festival is collaboratively shaped by variety of aesthetic voices.

Fertile Ground features a full range of artistic experience, giving audiences a greater depth and breadth of work from which to choose in a concentrated time frame. From Portland’s oldest and largest producing institutions to its newest, smallest or self-produced companies, the Fertile Ground Festival offers the breadth of creation. For this reason we feel this festival is nationally unique, providing a new model for creating and sharing new work that will be of substantive value to the national theater and arts.

Fertile Ground was launched by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (the service organization for Portland theater artists and organizations) in 2009 to provide a platform for Portland theater companies to showcase their commitment to new work; and to invite regional and national artists, artistic leaders and arts aficionados to discover for themselves that Portland truly is fertile ground for creativity, innovation, and daring acts of performance. Fertile Ground has grown its scope of offerings to encompass the open field of arts creation to include dance, comedy and visual arts. Fertile Ground aspires to provide a forum where art lovers near and far will come to appreciate that Portland truly is fertile ground for creativity, innovation, and daring acts of performance.

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About Lakewood Theatre Company

64 Years of Live Theatre: Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1952, Lakewood Theatre Company is a professional theatre dedicated to the study and presentation of drama in all its forms; the training and development of actors; and the creation, maintenance and operation of a theatre in which to present plays and other forms of entertainment. Lakewood Theatre Company is the oldest continually operated, not-for-profit theatre company in the Portland Metropolitan area. It annually provides more than 400 theatre artists the opportunity to learn and display their craft and attracts more than 40,000 people to its shows.

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Season support for Lakewood is provided by:


  • Regional Arts & Culture Council
  • Work for Art
  • Oregon Arts Commision
  • Art Works
  • Oregon Live - Oregonian
  • James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation