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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.


    Waiting 4 2 Blow
    by Bill Lynch
    Whose Lion Is It Anyway and Underlings
    by Brad Bolchunos

    A tempting trio of short works by two adventuresome playwrights:

    Waiting 4 2 Blow by Bill Lynch - Mount St. Helens is about to erupt, but Harry Truman, the feisty owner of a lodge at the foot of the mountain, refuses to leave. His old friend, Sasquatch, arrives, accompanied by a shady companion, D.B. Cooper. Sasquatch tries to convince Truman to evacuate. Truman, a lonesome widower, tries to persuade Sasquatch to spend the night. And D.B. Cooper just tries to save his own skin. The drinks flow, the mountain rumbles, and the fate of all three hangs in the balance during a spirited discussion about fame, fortune, friendship ... and death.

    Plus: Two offbeat comedies by Brad Bolchunos, developed with Northwest Theatre Workshop. (These two works will also be presented as part of a different lineup 7:30 pm Friday, April 19):

    Whose Lion Is It Anyway? - When a professional tamer confronts an adolescent lion about the steep consequences of misbehavior, they walk a tightrope between assumptions they’ve made about each other —and themselves.

    Underlings - Captured by the Justice Jockeys, apprentice supervillains of the Harbingers of Havoc plot their escape. But even with a budding criminal mastermind in their midst, can they figure out how to overcome self interest?