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    Welcome to "The Festival Within the Festival!" 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. All will appear at Chapel Theatre, 4107 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie.

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    Epic Shorts: Strange Burdens
    by PDX Playwrights
    Directed by Alisha Christiansen

    Don't miss this juried selection of 10-minute works submitted by PDX Playwrights performed by an ensemble cast. These plays explore the theme “Strange Burdens" in distinctive, compelling ways. The theme is inspired by author Ursula K. LeGuin from The Tombs of Atuan: “Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.” This quote is only one hint of where the theme could take the imagination. Catch this vital and timely collection of fresh work from some of Portland’s finest playwrights!