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Lakewood has two productions in the 12th Annual Fertile Ground Festival
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Come see brand new theatre works originated by Lakewood Theatre Company and premiered through the Fertile Ground Festival. This year Lakewood will premiere two new works as staged readings. This year's Festival is entirely virtual.

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.


The two shows in 2021 include:


Young Playwright's Festival

Saturday, January 30 at 12:00 PM
Program Directed by Megan Kate Ward

Plays by Emily Imanishi, Aishwarya Marathe, Lana Sage & Casey Tilgner
Produced by LineStorm Playwrights, PDX Playwrights & Lakewood Theatre Company
Program director Megan Ward Stevens

Young Playwrights Festival celebrates its 5th year as a participant in Fertile Ground Festival. Past YPF selectees have gone on to regional and national recognition by the Young Playwrights Festival in Los Angeles, National Endowment for the Arts/American Theatre Wing 2020 Songwriting Competition, and other state and local competitions. YPF is a collection of one-act plays by student playwrights who have been selected to work with professional directors, actors, and playwrights to gain insight, experience, and feedback to develop their plays with professional playwright mentors, Matthew Zrebski, C.S. Whitcomb, and others. YPF is under the direction of Megan Ward Stevens who is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City and is the former Artistic/Literary Assistant and a festival producer for JAW: A Playwrights Festival at Portland Center Stage. Actors include Kelly Godell, Paul Glazier, Tom Walton, and Melissa Whitney. The Zoom Master is Demetri Pavlatos.

The 2021 sponsor for the Young Playwright's Festival is the City of Lake Oswego.



THIS YEAR'S PLAYWRIGHTS:

EMILY IMANISHI

This is Emily Imanishi’s third year participating in the Young Playwrights Festival. Having graduated from Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) in the Spring of 2020, she is now currently a Freshman at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY where she’s majoring in Writing for Film, TV and Emerging Media. As with most things this past year, her first semester of college was spent online, however she’s looking forward to being on campus this upcoming semester. When she’s not writing, Emily enjoys photography, listening to music and making collages.

AISHWARYA MARATHE

Aishwarya Marathe has lived on three different continents and is Indian by origin. She is 2020 graduate of the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA). Besides writing plays and prose, Aishwarya performed on the violin and oboe in her school orchestra and in an ensemble, and she has been learning Kathak, an ancient form of Indian Classical Dance, for ten years. She is also being vocally trained in Hindustani music. Her strong connection to her Indian heritage form the base for her writing, whether to explore a new aspect of her background or to give people of color a voice. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Young Playwrights Festival for Fertile Ground.

CASEY TILGNER

This is Casey's first year being involved in the Young Playwrights, Fertile Ground Festival and with the Lakewood Theatre Company. He has written multiple one-acts, with a past iteration of his latest script having won in the 2019-2020 Oregon State Thespians playwriting competition. He also has experience stage managing and acting with both Struts & Frets Theatre Company and Dallas High School. He's currently in Corvallis studying biology as a freshman at Oregon State University.

MEGAN KATE WARD (Program Director) directed Twelve Angry Jurors for Voice for Voiceless Theatre. Megan has been directing and producing plays in Portland for over 12 years. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City and holds a B.A. Honors in Theatre, with an emphasis in directing, from Goldsmiths College at the University of London. As the former Artistic/Literary Assistant for Portland Center Stage, she served as a festival producer for JAW: A Playwrights Festival and founded, produced, and directed PCS's monthly reading series, Now Hear This. In addition to theater, she is exploring the world of film production and screenwriting. When not involved in theater or film, she is a residential real estate broker and volunteers for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), advocating on behalf of children in foster care. Her experience in both theater and real estate has taught her to work with many different collaborators and listen to their individual needs. Megan's true passion is helping people bring their ideas to life.

 

ACTORS

PAUL GLAZIER

Paul is a lifelong creative currently living in Portland. He is a comedy writer and actor as well as a professional advertising copywriter. A committed jokes guy, he is a regular at The Siren Theater where he's been in Roadhouse - The Play!, The Lost Boys - Live!, and A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Play! among others. Paul is a cast member of The Lone Wolves sketch group, SEDAN Luxury Sketch Comedy and can be seen in films and on TV. He, his wife and kids live in NE. Power words: Bikes, coffee, Beetlejuice.

TOM WALTON

Tom is excited to be back reading some of the latest brilliant work from C.S. Whitcomb. Recently he has been seen... nowhere... doing nothing. But he has high hopes for the future!  Past Lakewood productions include five years of working with the Young Playwright’s Festival, Jerome in a reading of C.S. Whitcomb’s The Ghost of David Belasco, Ned Allyn in Shakespeare In Love, and Stanley Stubbers in One Man Two Guvnors.  Tom is also slated to play Col. Arbuthnot in Murder on the Orient Express in the near future.  Tom would like to thank you all for watching and supporting the Lakewood Center for the Arts!

MELISSA WHITNEY

Melissa is happy to be treading the boards again at Lakewood after having taken a break from theatre to return to school and pursue her teaching career. She was last seen on Lakewood stages as Rachel Crabbe in One Man, Two Guvnors, Joanna Lyppiatt in Present Laughter, Henrietta in The Hollow, and others. In addition to her work at Lakewood, Melissa has worked at Artists Repertory Theatre, Vertigo, Coho, Defunkt, and PAE, but is probably best known for her time as part of the acting ensemble of the Northwest Classical Theatre Company. Thank you to Pat Patton for the opportunity to work with some of her favorite actors in the city! This pigeon is for papa.

KELLY GODELL
Kelly is an actor, director, producer and founder of 12 Bridges Production company. She has been seen at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, The Theatre Company, Thirdrail Rep, Profile theater and Milagro. Television credits include NBC’s Grimm, TNT’s Leverage and a stream of commercial work. She loves Lakewood and was thrilled to participate in this years festival. Www.12bridgespresents.com



Acting Counsel

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Noon
Written and Directed by C.S. Whitcomb
Produced by LineStorm Playwrights, PDX Playwrights & Lakewood Theatre Company

C.S. Whitcomb’s latest work, Acting Counsel, starts when an aging actor comes to see a lawyer to write up a will and the attorney offers him a trade, “Full disclosure: I saw your Lear Twice. I’ll do it for free if you’ll help me deliver a summation to the jury that might get an 18-year-old kid off Death Row.” And so begins an unlikely collaboration and friendship where the stakes are literally life and death. Where the Law meets the Theatre and hopefully justice will prevail. The reading stars Tobias Andersen and Tom Walton.


C.S. Whitcomb is one of Oregon’s most prolific playwrights whose plays have been produced off-Broadway, regionally, and locally. The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock (2015) and Parnassus On Wheels (2018) both had world premieres at Lakewood Theatre Company. She wrote Stoker and Santos produced for Proscenium Live by Portland Shakespeare Project. Lear’s Follies was commissioned by Portland Shakespeare Project and had its world premiere, produced by them, at Artists Rep. She has been nominated for the Angus Bowmer Award, Emmy, Drammy, Edgar Allan Poe, and Writers Guild of America Awards. She has written screen roles for Jason Robards, Ellen Burstyn, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen, Gena Rowlands, and many others. She co-wrote the documentary THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich which had its red carpet premiere in L.A. in October. Her latest book, The Heart of the Film: Writing Love Stories in Screenplays was published in 2018. She teaches screenwriting locally and takes a group of writers on a Trans-Atlantic cruise every spring.

THE PLAYWRIGHT: C.S. WHITCOMB

Playwright and director of Acting Counsel and a Mentor for YPF

C.S. Whitcomb wrote The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock(2015) and Parnassis On Wheels(2018) which both had world premieres at Lakewood Theatre Company. She also wrote Stoker and Santos produced by Proscenium Live.  Lear’s Follies was commissioned by Portland Shakespeare Project and had its world premiere, produced by them, at Artists Rep. Holidazed (with Marc Acito) was twice produced at ART.  Her play Looking-Glass, co-authored with Michael Sutton, was produced Off Broadway and is published by Broadway Plays.  She has been nominated for the Angus Bowmer Award, Emmy, Drammy, Edgar Allan Poe, and Writers Guild of America Awards.  She has written roles for Jason Robards, Ellen Burstyn, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen, Gena Rowlands and many others.  She co-wrote the documentary THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich which had its red carpet premiere in L.A. in October.  Her latest book, The Heart of the Film: Writing Love Stories in Screenplays was published in 2018.  She teaches screenwriting locally and takes a group of writers on a Trans-Atlantic cruise every spring.  For more go to cynthiawhitcomb.com.

ACTORS:

TOBIAS ANDERSEN

A veteran of five decades of regional theatre, Tobias has been company member with such noted companies Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory and Playmaker’s Rep/Chapel Hill.  Locally he has appeared as Lear in King Lear (Post 5)Prospero in The Tempest  (Clackamas Rep),  Richard in The Seafarer (ART),  Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird (NWCT),  Higgins in My Fair Lady (The Musical Co.), C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands (Portland Repertory) and as Norman in On Golden Pond and Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner (Lakewood Theater Co.) Hollywood years include featured appearances on TV classics as Little House on the Prairie, Newhart, Roseanne, Knot’s Landing, Incredible Hulk and Bonanza—ad infinitum.  His latest network role was on Grimm as a Catholic priest having a difficult time with an exorcism.

TOM WALTON

Tom is excited to be back reading some of the latest brilliant work from C.S. Whitcomb. Recently he has been seen... nowhere... doing nothing. But he has high hopes for the future!  Past Lakewood productions include five years of working with the Young Playwright’s Festival, Jerome in a reading of C.S. Whitcomb’s The Ghost of David Belasco, Ned Allyn in Shakespeare In Love, and Stanley Stubbers in One Man Two Guvnors.  Tom is also slated to play Col. Arbuthnot in Murder on the Orient Express in the near future.  Tom would like to thank you all for watching and supporting the Lakewood Center for the Arts!

ASHER ROSS

Asher is pumped to be a part of this wonderful team! He is thankful to Cynthia for the powerful script that she has created. He is a freshman at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, majoring in Acting and minoring in Arts Entrepreneurship. He also works as the Community Liaison at Dallas Theater Center on their Public Works Dallas project. He has previously appeared in Shakespeare in Love with Lakewood Theatre Company, Shiver: a musical ghost story (Drammy Award for Outstanding Young Performer, and BroadwayWorld Best Actor in a Musical nomination), Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly (PAMTA Best Young Male Performer nomination), and the Young Professionals Improv Troupe Impulse with Oregon Children’s Theatre, Gruesome Playground Injuries with Enso Theatre Ensemble, The Magic Flute and Carmen with the Portland Opera, among others.

DON STEWART BURNS


About Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground Festival of New Works is an 11-day arts festival that is held at the end of January and beginning of February in the Portland metro area. 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, 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 a variety of aesthetic voices.

Fertile Ground features a full range of artistic experiences, 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 art 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

68 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
  • Oregon Arts Commision
  • Art Works
  • Oregon Live - Oregonian
  • The Kinsman Foundation