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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.


    The Government Agent
    by Adam Harrell

    Ted Wyatt's criminal reign as mayor and future political aspirations are thrown into peril when an undercover government agent arrives in his small town of Crystal Canyon, U.S.A. With the help of his closest city council members, Ted's dysfunctional family pulls out all the stops to impress the agent, preserve the status quo, and possibly line their own pockets along the way in this fast-paced comedy about corruption and cult mentalities. Co-produced, written, and directed by Adam Harrell. Based upon "The Inspector General" by Nikolai Gogol.