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Among the characters that she plays are Simone Fabrikant, a therapist attempting to help a young woman and her misbehaving dogs; and Mrs. Jones, a stereotypical '50s housewife with a secret to hide, in 'Daisy Dukes.'


As the drama teacher at Rex Putnam High School and the artistic director of New Century Players, Kelley Marchant is a busy woman. But somehow she has managed to carve out enough time in her schedule to appear in three plays for Fertile Ground, an 11-day arts festival held every January in Portland.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - In 'Four Men, One Woman,' from Short & Sweet, Kelley Marchant, Jennifer Zubernick and Cyndi Rhoads let their feelings be known.The festival features world-premiere projects, staged readings, developing works and other arts events from the Portland creative community.

Marchant plays four different characters in the staged reading of "Short & Sweet," at 7 p.m. Jan. 27; four characters in "Daisy Duke Shorts Night," at 7 p.m. Jan. 28; and she also is in "Morning Coffee," a one-act play that is part of a production called "4 x 3," at 5 p.m. Jan. 29.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pictured above in 'Shanghaied,' part of the Short & Sweet production, from left to right, are RPHS drama teacher Kelley Marchant, and Jennifer Zubernick, Heath Hyun and Michael Teufel.  All performances take place at Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., in Portland.



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