For the sixth year, the Fertile Ground festival of new performance brings new works presented all over town for 11 days from Thursday, January 23 to Sunday, February 2.

Major theatre and dance companies, playwrights and emerging producers premiere new work and pieces in development in theatre, dance, comedy and social action through the arts, with staged readings and multidisciplinary events. Single tickets for festival events can be purchased at the events and all-access Festival Passes are $50 available at www.fertilegroundpdx.org.

These shows are presented in SE neighborhoods.

 

Post5 Black-Box Theatre, 850 NE 81st Ave. hosts two plays:

Therapy Hunger by Cassandra Boice, a young woman’s exploration inward to mental wellness and what she discovers at the end of the trail of pills. $10       And…

Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Café by Elizabeth Huffman is also at Post 5. A comedy with words and characters from Shakespeare set in a bar in New Orleans on Mardi Gras night where the owner Ursula belts out Cajun blues for a wild night. www.postfivetheatre.org/262.853.9344.

• Action/Adventure Theater, 1050 SE Clinton St. hosts The Waterman, a musical comedy about love, betrayal, Water People, Portland and sushi. Thursday through Saturday with a late night Saturday performance. $10 advance/$15 at door. www.actionadventure.org.

Sellwood Playhouse, 901 SE Spokane hosts Stories From Teen Girls In Transition, written and performed by girls age 14-18 from Boys and Girls Aid presented by Well Arts youth program. The girls tell their stories in format of a slam poetry night using prose, poetry, fairytales, music and dance, Directed by Well Arts staff Angie Collins, Anet Ris Kelman and Ann Singer. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.$10, $20 www.wellarts.org or 503.459.4500.

 

The entire Fertile Ground 2014 schedule can be read and downloaded at www.fertilegroundpdx.org.