On Stage

Four staged readings of two new plays

at Fertile Ground!

Tickets:    Voodoo Snowball    Spellbinders

Co-Produced with Literary Arts and PDX Playwrights

Spellbinders

Innovators intersect on a sea of suspicion….

By Brad Bolchunos
Directed by Michelle Seaton

Festival Dates: Jan 23 (Literary Arts) @ 7pm; Jan 26 (Hipbone Studio) @ 9pm

Venues: Literary Arts 925 SW Washington St.

Hipbone Studio 1847 E. Burnside #104

Tickets: $10

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Desperate to heal in the aftermath of war, Russian scientist Leon Theremin dives into the world of hypnosis. His choice could crush his career, destroy his friendships, and maybe even end his life. Where citizens starve on the streets and suspicions run rampant, an innovation can launch national acclaim and a misstep can bring execution. Yet he fixates on hypnosis pioneer Franz Anton Mesmer and his controversial techniques to help a blind young piano prodigy. Theremin’s obsession approaches lunacy as he struggles to allay the distrust of his superintendent, the worry of his mentor, and the interest of a young woman who reminds him of his troubled past. Between brilliance and madness, art and science, showmanship and scandal, a note of change hangs upon his creation of an odd new musical instrument played without touch – if he dares to confront what haunts him. The Jan 23 event at Literary Arts includes a post-reading panel discussion with local theremin and hypnotherapy practitioners.

 

Voodoo Snowball

Sometimes, the only way to heal a dysfunctional family is through voodoo.

By Gary Corbin
Directed by Eric Lyness

 Festival Dates: Jan 25 (Literary Arts) @ 7pm; Jan 26 (Hipbone Studio) @ 7pm

Venues: Literary Arts 925 SW Washington St.

Hipbone Studio 1847 E. Burnside #104

Tickets: $10

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Philip, a man of ritual, somehow reached his forties without ever committing to anything – at least, nothing that matters to his parents or his almost-fiancée Elise. But then his sister Danielle informs him that Gus, his estranged father, is dying of lung cancer and clings to life only through his wife’s prayers and his own superstition, embodied in Danielle’s gift to him of a Voodoo Snowball. Elise views Philip’s willingness to reconcile with Gus as symbolic of his ability to commit to family and, thus, to their future together. But when Philip’s half-hearted attempts fail to break through the protective shield his mother maintains around morphine-addled Gus, Elise is ready to give up on him. As Gus’s health deteriorates, Philip’s last hope is a showdown that no one – including Philip – thinks he has in him. Join us Jan 25 at Literary Arts for a post-reading panel discussion with cancer survivors and professional counselors in care for the terminally ill.