Fertile Ground 2014
Fertile Ground Cityâ€Wide Festival of New WorkÂ is back.Â Dmae talks with festival director Nicole Lane and two of the groups features: Playwrite with executive director/founder Bruce Livingston and Passinâ€™ Art Theatre with director Jaye Austin WilliamsÂ of American King Umps.
Now in itâ€™s sixth year, Portland plays host to hundreds of playwrights, actors, dancers and designers and performing arts producers who bring dozens of new works during winter season. FG14, presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, is located throughout the city during 11 days starting Thursday, Jan. 23rd to Sunday, Feb. 2nd
Fertile Ground Festival of New Work 2014
Presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance
Dates: January 23â€ February 2, 2014
Venue: Cityâ€wide, check website or Festival Guide for locations
Tickets: All ticket information and event listints Â atÂ www.fertilegroundpdx.org
Individual Event tickets sold through each producer
Can be accessed throughÂ www.fertilegroundpdx.org
Festival Passes: $50
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AMERICAN KING UMPS:Â A Midsummer Nightâ€™s MelodramaÂ on the Tragedy of Slavery,
a new play by Don Wilson Glenn,Â directed by Jaye Austin Williams
presented by Damaris Webb in association with Passinâ€™Art.
Set during the Civil War on the King Cotton Plantation in West Texas, the story ofÂ American KingUmpsÂ begins as the Master of the Plantation, fearing the oncoming of the Union Army, sells his large holding of slaves and sets fire to the cotton fields. In the Masterâ€™s absence the slaves are left both to govern themselves, and define their own identities.Â King Umps is high comedy and satire from beginning to end, a mash up ofÂ Gone With the WindandÂ Comedy of ErrorsÂ meetsÂ Roots.
Also featured are actorsÂ Kenneth Dembo, Jennifer Lanier, Kourtney Newell, Paul Susi, Harold Warren and Damaris Webb withÂ designÂ by Lara Klingeman and Wanda Walden
photo credit: Lara Klingeman.
January 30th â€“ February 16th
1/30 â€“ 2/2: Thur, Fri, Sat Â 7pm, Sun 3pm
2/6 â€“ 2/9:Â Thur, Fri, Sat Â 7pm, Sun 3pm
2/13 â€“ 2/16:Â Thur, Fri, Sat Â 7pm, Sun 3pm
and added Sat 2/15 3pm ASL performance
All performances are at Ethos/IFCC located at 5340 N Interstate Avenue in Portland.
Tickets are $20 general, $10 students/seniors, and are available at the door for cash purchase 30 minutes before curtain, or in advance atÂ www.brownpapertickets.com.
Performances are ADA accessible.
PlayWriteÂ provides creative workshops for under-served youth on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The young participants collaborate with theatre professionals throughout the process of crafting a play, from character development to directing professional actors.
PlayWriteÂ presentsÂ Word. Voice,Â aÂ performance of works in progress, completed plays, and new works by past PlayWrite graduates, in collaboration with some of Portlandâ€™s top professional actors. This show is on the Gerding main stage.Â Admission is free, and limited by seating at the Armory.
Date:January 26th, 2014
Where:Main Stage at the Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR
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