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2018 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 and two performances of their Mainstage season show, Parnassus On Wheels 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 503-635-3901 or order securely online. Tickets for Parnassus On Wheels Fertile Ground performances are $15 and cannot be ordered online. A limited number of seats are available for Parnassus On Wheels so please call the box office to purchase your seat.

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

The four shows include:

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

My Audience with Angels, Saints and Demons

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 PMMyAudiencePoster-FertileGround.jpg
By Cheryl E. Grant 

Writer, director and actress Cheryl E. Grant returns to Fertile Ground with vignettes about isolation, the struggle for connection and love.  These character-driven plays take place in the dimensions of memory and in between the lines of the difficult world where the heart that doesn’t quite fit and the soul that can’t conform have a longing to create their own beauty. Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online

Cast of My Audience with Angels, Saints and Demons, Jan. 20, 2018

cast of Angels, Saints and Demons - reading of an original play by Cheryl Grant, Jan. 20, 2018

A Woman In Washington's Army

Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM
By Laurence Overmire

Directed by Nancy McDonald


A Woman in Washington’s Army is based on the incredible, but true story of Deborah Samson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man and fought with distinction during the Revolutionary War. After the war, she became the first female touring lecturer and, upon her death, her husband became the first man to receive a pension as a soldier’s widower. Steeped in colonial history, with period music, this play is a time-traveling adventure with plenty of action and colorful characters. The playwright, who is also a genealogist, discovered Deborah while researching the descendants of Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower. “I feel she deserves an honored place in history,” said Overmire. Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online

Cast of A Woman in Washington's Army, Jan. 21, 2018

1ne Off! Completely Improvised One-Act Plays1neOffPoster-FertileGround.jpg

Tuesday, January 23 & Sunday January 28, 2018 at 7 PM

By Infinite Improv

Directed by Aden and Eric Nepom

The world of improvised theatre can open the imagination in ways  that are utterly unpredictable, totally magical, and completely entertaining! Join us in this highly interactive showcase where your suggestions transform our players into all kinds of characters and transport them to all manner of places! How will the show turn out? Nobody knows until the moment that we all share it together!  Play with theatre you help create, or simply sit back and enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable, unscripted theatre with the locally and nationally recognized, award-winning, talented friends & company of Infinite Improv! Learn more about the group at Tickets: Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online

Young Playwrights FestivalYPF18Poster-FertileGround.jpg

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2 PM

Works by Philip Chan, Kendall Gordon and Aishwarya Marathe

Program Directed by Megan Kate Ward

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 a professional director, professional actors and established playwrights 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. Order Fertile Ground Tickets Online

Parnassus On WheelsParnassus-WEB-REVISED.jpg

Sunday, January 21 at 7 PM & Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Directed by Stephanie Mulligan
World Premiere!
By C.S. Whitcomb
Adapted from the novel by Christopher Morley

It's 1910, and forty-something Helen is growing tired of taking care of family farm. Fed up  and itching for adventure, Helen impulsively buys a caravan filled with books from a wiry Irishman and abandons her chickens for life on the road as a traveling bookseller. Action, adventure, comedy and love ensue. Show Sponsor: Andy & Nancy Bryant.

$15/ticket, Limited seating available - Must be purchased by phone at 503-635-3901 or at the Lakewood Box Office at 368 S State St. Lake Oswego, OR.

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

65 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