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PDX Playwrights to present festival within Fertile Ground

The last 10 days of January will unleash not only Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, but also PDX Playwrights’ festival-within-the-festival, featuring 26 plays by 19 local playwrights at Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside.

This year, PDX Playwritghts will kick off its Fertile Ground season at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Hipbone with The Daisy Dukes Shorts Night — a juried selection of 11 very short plays on a common theme.

The group will continue with five staged readings beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.25, with Katie Bennett’s “In Search of the Red Skull,” followed at 3 p.m. by Brad Bolchunos’ “Unmediated.” At 6 p.m. see Alan Alexander’s musical, “Alan’s Confectionery.” Closing the evening’s entertainment at 8 p.m. will be “Bereavement” by AJ Franks and “Greg and Lauren” by Sunbear Theatres.

The second weekend of shows starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, with Sharon Sassone’s “The Conditions of Unconditional Love” and “Threshhold” by Redmond Reams. Redmond’s show will play again that evening at 9 p.m. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, see eight short plays by PDX Playwrights.

Tickets for each performance are $10, available at the door or online at www.pdxplaywrights.org/wp/fertile-ground-2015/.

Fertile Ground festival passes will be honored; buy passes at the same address and make sure to designate PDX Playwrights to receive partial funding from your purchase.

You can try out the group for free at one of its Friday teaser performances. They’re scheduled for the Gerding Theatre Mezzanine, 128 NW 11th Ave. in Portland, from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 23 and Jan. 30.

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