Win Tickets ($30): Fertile Ground 2015 | 75+ Portland Artists, Theater, Dance, Multidisciplinary Arts, 11 Days

We are giving away a pair of tickets to a screening The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera @ Fertile Ground 2015. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 23.

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From our sponsors:
Portland Fertile Ground Festival 2013Fertile Ground Festival 2015
January 22 – February 1, 2015
Tickets & full event schedule at
All Access Passes: $50 @

Now in its seventh year, the Portland-grown Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Work continues to flourish planted in a town of prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventuresome producers. With wide variety of new producers, along with several returning companies, FG15 brings dozens upon dozens of new artistic works from Portland’s teeming jungle of artists to light to thrive on stages, nooks and crannies all over Portland for 11 days from Thursday, January 22 to Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Shining out through the winter darkness, Fertile Ground offers an astonishing breadth of creative work for the stage, compressed into the darkest and wettest days of the Portland calendar. From major theatre and dance companies, to spunky young art-creators of a variety of ilk, Portland is fertile ground for presenting new works as a world premieres or pieces in development. This Festival a myriad of new works span theatre, dance, comedy, clown and social action through the arts with 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 and choreographers are also choosing to offer their work for this collaborative Portland showcase festival.

“Our city is a special place, a place where creativity thrives and creators are (almost literally) on every corner,” said Nicole Lane, Fertile Ground Festival Director. “Likewise, Fertile Ground is an incubator for new works of art creation citywide in theatres, pubs, studios, community centers and galleries all over town in January. This festival is about that phenomenon, that impetus, that undercurrent in our city’s culture to create everywhere, anywhere, with abounding diversity.”

Full event listings including production descriptions, locations, times and ticket information here: A printed Festival Guide is available in many theatre lobbies around town including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage and PCPA, among others.

Key producers this year include Post5 Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, CoHo Theatre, Action/Adventure Theatre and more including emerging theatre companies, individual playwrights and chorographers. For FG15, Polaris Dance Theatre will again present the “Groovin Greenhouse” with a variety of choreographers and dance groups. PDX Playwrights will present more than 10 new work readings and Artists Rep presents six.

Single tickets for all festival events are purchased directly through the producing companies.
All access Festival Passes are only $50 and are available at

What Makes Fertile Ground Unique.
Several theatre companies across the nation host “new works festivals” and nearly all of these festivals present “staged readings,” works-in-progress curated by the artistic aesthetic of one company’s artistic staff. They are also typically exclusive to genre. In contrast, the Fertile Ground Festival presents a non-curated collection of fully staged world premiere productions in theatre and dance, as well as workshop and staged reading productions, and more. Fertile Ground is about process as well as product in creative development. This festival is the collaborative work of our local artistic community expressing the mother lode of creative capacities, in a quintessentially Portland manner.

Fertile Ground was launched by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (the service organization for Portland theatre artists and organizations) in 2009 to provide a platform for Portland theatre companies to showcase their commitment to new work, but the Festival has grown to embrace many forms of new works in art allowing Portland’s arts lovers to discover Portland’s truly fertile ground for creativity, innovation and daring acts of performance.

The Fertile Ground Festival of New Work is presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. Festival sponsors include Oregon Media Group, Artslandia and KINK-FM. Festival organizers are comprised of individuals who strongly believe in showcasing Portland’s vibrant creativity.

More Details About Giveaway Show: The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera

Jan 24, 25 @ 7:30pm; Jan 30, 31 @ 9pm; Feb 1 @ 2pm
The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven: 1464 SE 2nd Ave, Portland OR 97201

The Broken Planetarium and The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven present The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera, written by Laura Dunn. The play resets Hans Christian Andersen’s tale in contemporary Detroit where two neighbors make their way through a very un-fairytale like world of economic depression, environmental devastation, and drug addiction with the help of imagination and spooky music.

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58 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Fertile Ground 2015 | 75+ Portland Artists, Theater, Dance, Multidisciplinary Arts, 11 Days

  1. Ryan January 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    I’d like to go, pick me pick me!

  2. Peter Stewart January 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    What a great way to get people out in the winter! I always see half the population disappear around now! Please help me to get face to face with the most ingenious and passionate types!

  3. Erik Arneson January 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    I really love art and performance!

  4. Alain Bally January 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    I need a break from the pressure to be smooth, sleek, and savvy. I’m looking for poetic license to be innocent, loose, and a bit messy and At least temporarily, allow myself the deep pleasure of ignoring everyone’s expectations and demands. … loosely interpreted from Free Will. Let the juices flow…

  5. Lynn January 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    My husband and I are empty nesters and gave a goal of seeing more shows, symphonies, dance productions – you name it! His would give us a great kick off.

  6. Cheyenne January 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    I was just reading a postcard about this show this morning. Folk + opera + spooky music + cool venue = awesome. Please pick me!

  7. Tim January 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    I’m a big honkin’ theater fan!

  8. Susan K Alberty January 15, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    Since moving to Portland from Ashland, it has been tough to attend theater, especially to purchase tickets for my daughter and myself. I would love to be immersed in an original production again, sharing that with her, in our new home of Portland!

  9. Joe January 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Never been to the festival and have some co-workers starring in the programs – cheers!

  10. Brad Thoms January 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    my five-year-old needs more culture in her life

  11. grace January 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    sounds great!

  12. Kimi January 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    This sounds like something that would expand my horizons!

  13. Chris January 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    This sounds like an interesting and new experience for me!

  14. Denise Lyon January 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Pick me please!

  15. Erik January 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    As an aspiring aspiring artist, I feel I would benefit tremendously from these tickets. May I please win? Please. Thank you.

  16. Espy January 15, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    I’d love to go to a Fertile Ground performance! Going for free would be amazing!

  17. Jen January 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    Our city is so vibrant!

  18. Steven Youkey January 15, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    folk opera? awesome!

  19. Danielle January 16, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    I really want to be able to check out this play.

  20. Lani January 16, 2015 at 1:08 am #

    Amazing!! I want to go to this!

  21. Thunderrose January 16, 2015 at 2:44 am #

    Help me gain a little “cultcha”. There’s a lot to do in Portland. I’ve spent my time and money well here and enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve been a fair weather friend as it regards the theatrical arts, however. Help me start 2015 off on the right foot by picking me to win tickets to see this awesome performance. I’ll be your biggest fan!

  22. Sara Goldman January 16, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    This sounds awesome! I’d love to check it out.

  23. Victor January 16, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Never been, would be nice to take my wife!

  24. Audrey January 16, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    I want to see more plays. They are very stimulating.

  25. Ruth Parvin January 16, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    This would be a wonderful fertile experience for the imagination.

  26. Michelle January 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    I’ve been DYING to see a play, it’s been too long!

  27. Elle January 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    This sounds really cool, I’d love to see it!

  28. Jessica January 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    i never win anything!

  29. Gabrielle January 16, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    I moved back to Portland after living in Hawaii because I missed the arts and culture. Unfortunately, as a teacher, I rarely have time to go out and enjoy all that the city has to offer. This festival seems like a great way to help me appreciate this spectacular city as well as something to soothe away the subtle pangs of regret for leaving the sunshine and aloha.

  30. shannon January 17, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    My dad loves queen and would love to go it’s his life long dream to go his birthday is coming up and I really want to suprise him with tickets he bought all of your cds so he’s like your biggest fan I love my dad so much and I want to see that wonderful happy look on his face please write back shannon

  31. Adrienne January 17, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to check this out. Thank you.

  32. chandi z January 18, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    I would love to go with my neice and we are both on a budget.

  33. Katie January 19, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    I’d love to go because I think art is a gift to the world.

  34. cheryl January 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    As a dancer myself, I’d sure love to go!

  35. Daniel January 20, 2015 at 1:00 am #

    I need to go!

  36. jack January 20, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    I would love to see this!

  37. Shelley January 20, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    I want to go because Opera is cool.

  38. Gregory January 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    As a fan of new theatrical works, a Hans Christian Andersen’s tale set in contemporary Detroit sounds very intriguing. A show I need to see!

  39. Jessica January 21, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    ooh pick me!

  40. Kimi January 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh, yes, please!

  41. dancinfool1944 January 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    Me! Me!

  42. Zoe January 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Always fun to try something new, especially when you can bring a friend!!

  43. Rachel January 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    I especially would like to attend Friday night!

  44. Frederique Lavios January 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    And this is why we choose Portland as a place to raise our kids and ‘reinvent’ ourselves. Love the arts, creativity and alternative thinking/mind expansion Portland provides. We could have moved anywhere in the world but we choose Portland – 15 years ago. We’re so glad we did! Would LOVE to attend this performance. <3

  45. Scott January 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  46. nicole January 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Grrrrreat way to be exposed to, and enjoy, the creative forces that make PDX so rich!! A festival pass would allow me to free graze on local art that inspires, entertains, teaches, and leaves a lasting impression.

  47. Ron T January 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    I have Cabin Fever and the cure is to win tickets to this event. I so appreciate
    the efforts of fertilegroundpdx, as, a little sunshine in the rain, is always good.

  48. Eric January 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    H.C.Andersen set in Motor City, glorious… I’d love to take this one in!

  49. Lauren January 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    Every year I promise myself I will get tickets. I have’t done it yet, but free would make me go to so many plays.

  50. Jenny January 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    I really appreciate hearing about this Fertile Ground festival, and am a newcomer to this site. Thank you for the chance to win play tickets! I feel lucky!

  51. Danielle January 22, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    I really want to see this production.

  52. Lena Schneider January 23, 2015 at 12:20 am #

    I’m a starving college student home from Muhlenberg College for a couple more weeks and I’m “Jonesing” in Salem! On on the board of the MTA (Muhlenberg Theater Association) and am actively involved in Writing, Theater and Dance at school help me; please!

  53. Ann January 23, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    I have someone special I would love to take to see this, plus I really want to see it. Please choose me!

  54. Daniel January 23, 2015 at 1:15 am #

    This is awesome, I want to go!

  55. Toby January 23, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    Great way to spend a Friday night…and I have never been to that theatre!

  56. Jen January 23, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    I’ve never been to the opera!

  57. Denise January 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    All my favorites, art, performances, and Portland people all in one place! Would love tickets to attend this fantastic event!!!

  58. Rachel January 29, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    This sounds magical! I have friends visiting from LA and Seattle this weekend so I’d love to take them!

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