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    Welcome to "The Festival Within the Festival!" Nearly all of our shows now have EXPANDED pass-holder access and some have a SPECIAL DISCOUNT RATE by using a promotional code within "General Admission!" We at PDX Playwrights are honored to once again uphold our reputation for robust creativity with an outstanding offering of new readings and performances as part of Fertile Ground. We invite you to explore a vibrant garden of new work taking root: from the challenges of immigration to a vaudeville jukebox musical. With 20 plays of varying lengths among 13 shows and a wide assortment of topics and forms, PDX Playwrights offers something for nearly everyone. Roam from a wild examination of the cultural layers of bullfighting (the winning play from our workshop collaboration with CoHo Theatre) to provocative 10-minute pieces from our Epic Shorts: Strange Burdens contest—to mention but a few.

    Sink your toes into this rich dramatic soil and you’ll get a sense of the impressive variety of voices sprouting in our work. Our delectable baker's dozen of matinees, twilight, and evening shows run Tuesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 21, 2024. We hope the thrill of encountering these new plays will produce a festival within you.

    Tickets to PDX Playwrights performance events are only $15 each. Again, many of our shows have a special discount using a promotional code within the General Admission purchase. All of our shows will appear at Chapel Theatre, 4107 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie.


    That Abortion Play
    by Tamar Bolkvadze
    Tru Adoration
    by Katie Bennett

    A dynamic duet of short works by two provocative playwrights:

    That Abortion Play by Tamar Bolkvadze - It’s the abortion play you didn't know you needed. Eliana, a Jewish single mother, finds time between work and breaking up her kids' fights to volunteer at a local
    abortion clinic, escorting patients past pro-life protesters. Escorts are instructed to not engage with the protesters, but Eliana takes a different approach. From critiquing their signs, to debating religion, she takes the protestors on.

    Tru Adoration by Katie Bennett - A cast of eccentric characters pervade this humorous play about romance, life and career: Alexandra Bow and Jerry Cosmo may have different college majors, but yearn to be of one heart. As they struggle to understand each other with the help of their celebrated dance teacher, Tru Adoré, there is no end to their curiosity about the true nature of love, physics and dance.