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2019 Fertile Ground Plays Presented at Lakewood

Series sponsor at Lakewood: Banner Bank

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Fertile Ground at Lakewood 2015Come to Lakewood Theatre Company to see brand new theatre works premiered through the Fertile Ground Festival January 24 – February 3, 2019. This year Lakewood will premiere four new works as staged readings. Fertile Ground, a Portland-wide festival that involves local theatres, artists, and playwrights,“aspires to increase the appreciation for Portland’s lush creative culture, the artists and projects spawned right here in our native soil.” Fertile Ground is put on by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, a nonprofit volunteer organization in collaboration with local nonprofit theatres. 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 $10-15 at Lakewood Box Office at 503-635-3901 or order securely online.

Festival passes are $50 and available by ordering through See the full schedule for all Fertile Ground events throughout Portland

The four shows in 2019 include:

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).

Young Playwright's Festival

Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Program Directed by Megan Kate Ward

The Young Playwrights Festival 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. Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online

a dangerous joy

Sunday & MondayJanuary 27 & 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Written and Directed by Terry Lomax

Based on German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s true life story, writer and director Terry Lomax has written a fictional account of the last hour of Bonhoeffer’s life. Filled with suspense, drama and romance, a dangerous joy presents this question: What is worth living and dying for? Although it is a staged reading, this production includes professional actors, authentic WWII costumes, original music and sets and a multi-media presentation that will transport you and open your eyes to the power and influence of a dangerous joy.  Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online

Sides: the Musical

Tuesday & Wednesday, January 29 & 30, 2019 at 7 PM

Music, Lyrics and Direction by Matthew Capurro
Musical Direction by Jeffrey Michael Kauffman

Every relationship’s story has at least two sides. This highly anticipated song cycle featured in sneak preview last summer at Portland Playhouse explores stories of romance, family and friendships from their many sides, as characters share their sometimes poignant, sometimes comical perspectives. Tickets: Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online

Dancing With July

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2 PM

Music by Jean Lee | Lyrics by Hayley Green
Directed by Jorie Jones | Musical Direction by Hayley Green

A man who will never leave the woman he loves. A woman who will not let herself see the truth. A story about the power of human connection, grief, renewal and moving on, Dancing With July allows the audience a moment to consider the most precious people in their lives and how they could reconcile a loss of that magnitude and still find something beautiful. The sweeping, melodic score composed by New York songwriter Jean Lee helps to create a deeply moving story that lingers with the viewer long after the last note fades. Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online


About Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground Festival of New Work is a 11-day arts festival that is held every January in Portland, Oregon. This city-wide festival is focused on new work in the Arts. It features world premiere projects, staged readings, developing works and a myriad of other arts events from the Portland creative community. The Festival includes dozens of Portland-generated new works each year. From fully staged world premieres, workshops and readings of theatre, to ensemble and collaborative driven work, dance, comedy 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

66 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 35,000 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
  • The Jackson Foundation
  • The Kinsman Foundation