Ripen is on view through Feb 23,
A multidisciplinary showcase of new work
as part of the 2013 Fertile Ground Festival.
Milepost 5 presents “Ripen,” a mini-festival-within-the-festival, showcasing visual art as part of the Fertile Ground festival for the first time. Installations throughout the campus through the end of February, and a wealth of performances, from opera to comedy, during the ten days of the festival. 1.24 through 2.1.
Visual art installations are created by resident artists, coordinatinated by Milepost 5′s Loren Nosan. Performing arts programming is produced and curated by playwright and former Milepost 5 creative director, Claire Willett.
Fertile Ground / Ripen: Dates: January 24 – February 1, 2013. Visual Art / Installations: The Studios galleries are open noon — 6pm, Weds — Sat Reception: First Friday, Feb 1st, 6 — 10 pm Performances: Showtimes vary, see below. Performance venue: Chapel Theater, Milepost 5, the Studios (850 NE 81st Avenue Portland, OR 97213). Entrance on NE Oregon. Cost: Prices vary, see below. All tickets cash/check only at door. Show Information Online: link.
New work by Nikolos Ayres, Odir Chavez, Will Elder, Sally Girand, James Halvorson, Nada Katz, Maryrose Larkin, Mercedes Orozco-Barreiro, and Sarah Wood.
Reception: First Friday, Feb 1 (6 -10 pm)
Event runs: January 4 – Feb 23
As part of the city-wide Fertile Ground festival, nine resident artists present Ripen, a suite of interactive, site specific installations distributed throughout the Milepost 5 campus. Beginning on the first Friday in January, visitors are invited to view and interact with three and four-dimensional installation art inspired by the common theme of “Ripen.” In exploring this theme, Milepost 5′s exhibition itself will evolve and “ripen” over the course of January and February. The initial opening will feature installations by nine artists from the Milepost 5 community. Following their debut, other artists will be invited to participate and “comment” by adding works to the campus that act in dialogue with the original pieces.
Doing the Cockroach
Written by Andrew Shanks
Directed by Tom Lees
Dates & Times: 1/24/13 (10 pm); 1/28/13 (5 pm); 1/30/13 (7 pm); 2/1/13 (5 pm)
Tickets: $5 door
No one wants a second chance more than Edmund Carthy. Reincarnated as a cockroach, Edmund seeks out a new life by entering the Office of Religious Relations, the DMV of the afterlife. With the help of his case worker, Sister Ray, Edmund traverses the many levels, policies and iterations of the afterlife in an absurdist farce of existential proportions. But with his checkered past, Edmund is gonna have to go through the karmic ringer to get what he truly desires: an unburdened life.
A solo play written by Jenny Newbry Waters
Devised in collaboration with Cassie Greer
Fully Staged World Premiere
Dates & Times: 1/29/13 – 1/31/13 (5 pm)
Tickets: $10 door ($2 off with “DIG IT!” festival discount button)
Developed through a lens of Fitzmaurice Voicework ®, Cinnamon and Cigarettes is a devised solo piece about my adopted little sister and her biological father Jeremy, who was my best friend as a child. Jeremy and I were happy, normal kids: we rode bikes; we caught roly poly bugs; we played in the rain. His life took a series of sharp turns, one of the last of which left my parents with a decision that changed all of our lives. It’s an intensely personal story that explores themes of friendship, love, unanswered questions, and the importance of nurturing our children.
24-Hour Play Fest!
Created by Portland’s Finest Theatre Professionals
Fully Staged World Premiere
Dates & Times: 1/25/13 (8 pm; performance one night only. 24 hours: runs until 8 pm 1/26/13)
Tickets: $15 door
24 actors, writers, directors, and crew gather together to make theatre. We will cast, write, rehearse and perform four original one-act plays in 24 hours. The writers will be given two genres and will write a play based on one or both of them. The actors will rehearse overnight to memorize their lines, and the audience will get to see theatre in its purest form.
The Witch of the Iron Wood
Music by Evan Lewis
Libretto by Claire Willett
Opera Workshop Reading
Dates & Times: 1/27/13, 1/28/13, 1/31/13, 2/1/13 (7 pm)
Tickets: $12 door ($2 off with “DIG IT!” festival discount button)
How far would you go to set in motion the end of the world? How far would you go to stop it? Since time immemorial, Odin and his children have ruled over the kingdom of Asgard, gifted with eternal youth by the Tree of Life. But when the Tree and its guardian fall suspiciously ill, the gods begin to grow weak as well. Desperate, they send the trickster god Loki into the shadowy Land of Giants to seek the only person powerful enough to cure a dying god – the Witch of the Iron Wood. Once Asgard’s enemy, now their only hope of rescue, the Witch captivates Loki, though the other gods doubt her motives. As the Tree’s strength fails and a forbidden romance takes root, Loki is forced to choose between loyalty to the gods and the love of an alluring but enigmatic woman who may be his downfall, or the only person who has ever truly understood him – or both. Greed, ambition, love, vengeance, faith and desire become entangled in this contemporary adaptation of a little-known slice of Norse mythology, scored by Evan Lewis with a libretto by Claire Willett. Artist talkbacks after the Sunday and Monday performances.
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