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Portland’s 9th Fertile Ground Festival

Various venues  |   January 18 – 28, 2018

Now in its ninth year, the 2018 Portland-grown Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Works continues to flourish in a town of prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventuresome producers.

This Festival’s myriad of new works span theatre, dance, comedy, circus arts, animation, improv and social action through the arts with theatre and dance, workshops, staged readings, readings and multidisciplinary events – for 11 days, at all times of the day. In addition to seasoned producers, dozens of emerging young producers, playwrights, choreographers and animators are also choosing to offer their work in this collaborative Portland showcase festival. 

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By Lisa Kron
Directed by Jane Unger
Profile Theatre  |  January 25 - February 11, 2018

Lisa invites you on the Kron family “vacation” to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. You see, in spite of near-blindness, diabetes and a heart condition, Lisa’s 75-year-old father Walter insists on yearly trips to the world capital of roller coasters. But this isn’t the only journey they take together. Lisa also accompanies him to Auschwitz, where his parents were killed, and where she comes to understand more clearly the joys and sorrows of her father’s heart. A complex and searingly funny meditation on how human beings make sense of tragedy, grief, and everyday life.

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At Portland Playhouse, independently facilitated by Keela Johnson

Saturday, March 10, 2018   |   12-3pm

Fade to BLACK community dialogue welcoming those ONLY who self-identify as Black, African-American, and African Diaspora. Come, break bread & join the African-American staff/actors of Portland Playhouse in this facilitated conversation and exploratory dialogue around various issues and topics that resonate with and are culturally specific to our community! Fade to BLACK part 2 discussion topic will explore: "Is your black black enough?"

This is a FREE event and space is limited.  Please reserve your seat.


Confrontation Theatre’s mission is to provoke all-inclusive audiences through excellent, affordable theatre as we confront the unique experiences and perspective of the Black diaspora by focusing on and supporting works by artists of African descent.

With a slew of theatre companies in the Portland metropolitan area, it’s easy to assume there is an adequate proportion of diversity within this vibrant arts hub. Although there are dozens of companies here, only THREE were founded and/or managed by Afro-Americans, Blacks or Africans. With this reality, it’s imperative another company founded and managed by Black women and men gives rise to not only entertain, confront and enlighten audiences but also create more opportunities for Black artists to display and develop their share and share their authentic stories unapologetically.

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