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Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents Four original works leading up to Fertile Ground 2019


Fuse Theatre Ensemble is celebrating its shared 10th Anniversary with Fertile Ground by compiling a repertory of theatre that celebrates the process of original work.  Two of our offerings, Tether: ADHD+BDSM and I am an Actress, started as workshops in Fertile Ground Festivals of the past and will be enjoying their world premiere performances in this year’s festival.  We will also be offering a world premiere of a powerful and poignant new play by Rusty Tennant, unde+ec+able.  Finally, Fuse will be staging Kate Mura’s new solowork, The Tarot Show, as a workshop.  All shows will be performed at The Headwaters Theatre.

THEATRE

Fully Staged World Premiere
 

unde+ec+able

Written and Directed by Rusty Newton Tennant
 

FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 24 @ 10pm; Jan 25 @ 6pm; Jan 26 @ 8pm, Jan 27 4pm

ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Jan 11, 17 @ 10pm; Jan 12, 18 @ 6pm; Jan 19 @ 8pm, Jan 13 @ 4pm, Jan 20 @ 2pm

VENUE: Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St #9, Portland OR 97211

TICKETS:  $15; $10 student/seniors

BUY TICKETS: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/producer?id=24971

 

DESCRIPTION

What happens after the end? In a world without law, who will protect the vulnerable? Are the lucky ones those who lived or those who died? And if modern medicine is destroyed, what happens to the millions of people who are only alive because of it? unde+ec+able is a witty/wrenching psychological battleground where the headlines of the day meet our worst nightmares in a gripping story that asks a question we can all relate to… what would happen to me?

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Fully Staged World Premiere  
 

I Am an Actress

By Jane Comer
Created by Jane Comer

Creative consulting by Rusty Tennant

 

FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 24 @ 8pm; Jan 25 @ 10pm; Jan 26 @ 6pm

ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Jan 11, 13, 19 @ 6pm; Jan 12, 17 @ 8pm; Jan 18 @ 10pm, Jan 20 @ 4pm

VENUE: Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St #9, Portland OR 97211

TICKETS:  $15; $10 student/seniors

BUY TICKETS: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/producer?id=24971

 

DESCRIPTION

I Am an Actress returns to Fertile Ground for a world premiere production after a critically acclaimed workshop run at Fertile Ground 2017. The play is a trip down a dark, rocky, but also funny memory lane written and performed by one of Portland's pioneering trans performers, Jane Comer. Watch Jane overcome a severe speech impediment to become what she was born to be… an actress. Come see the story of two women breaking out of the boxes the world tried to put them in: Joyce, who wanted to be the last thing the world expected her to be, perfectly normal. And her daughter Jane, who is…an actress.

 

"People who have the talent for acting are born that way.  You can’t teach “talent,” you either got it or you don’t.  You can teach the “craft” of acting/writing but not the natural artist who creates it--that flows from within… In my opinion, Comer has that gift!"-- Dennis Sparks Reviews

 

"Comer is a person of warmth and kindness, and her love for her work and the people in her world drew me in."-- Meg Currell, Edge Media Network

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PERFORMANCE ART

Fully Staged World Premiere
 

Tether: ADHD+BDSM

By Sara Fay Goldman
Directed by Rusty Tennant

 

FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 24 @ 6pm; Jan 25 @ 8pm, Jan 26 @ 10pm, Jan 27 @ 2pm

ADDITIONAL RUN DATES: Jan 11, 18 @ 8pm, Jan 12, 19 @ 10pm, Jan 13 @ 2pm, Jan 17 @ 6pm,

VENUE: Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St #9, Portland OR 97211

TICKETS:  $15; $10 student/seniors

BUY TICKETS: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/producer?id=24971

 

DESCRIPTION

The ADHD mind is uncanny – It resists promotional material, defying summary into a narrative or restriction to a single genre. 

        

Multidisciplinary solo performer and mental health advocate Sara Fay Goldman presents an autobiographical (if abstracted) quest for clarity and understanding. Premiering only a few years into her personal research on the subject, Sara Fay hopes to help demystify and spark conversations around the subject of mental health. Using movement, sound, stage tricks, and folklore, she invites you to witness the particular trials and textures of her own quarter-life diagnosis.

 

First investigated during Fertile Ground 2017 as a one-woman anti-circus about brain chemistry, Tether is a collage of intimate personal anecdotes surrounding the solo performer’s relatively late-in-life exposure to disability culture and identity. She explores the nature of what we call "health," tapping into experiences people wonder about -- sometimes loud experiences that come without warning! – or that many wonder whether they're alone in. Sara Fay exposes some weird surprises that come with the territory of being a human and plumbs a particular metaphor (or, 'pataphor, if you like) to illustrate the less erotic and more sensual and cerebral facets of BDSM, embodying her various theories and attempts at treatment.

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CALENDAR OF REPERTORY:

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HISTORY OF FUSE:

 

Fuse Theatre Ensemble Dares: 

Our audiences to exit their comfort zones, 

Our peers to collaborate before competing, 

Our community to manage our resources sustainably.

Shift the Paradigm. 

 

Fuse is celebrating 10 years of producing paradigm shifting theatre. They are the 2017 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Arts Equity Grant.They have travelled the world with their production of Suburban Tribe, won Drammy Awards for their production of Under the Influence and for their props design for Artist Rep’s The Lieutenant of Innishmore, received a 2007 grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to collaborate with The Museum of Contemporary Craft and nationally known craft artists, and were invited to perform at the nationally renowned Bumbershoot Festival with our inaugural production Craft/Craeft/Kraft. Fuse has been an ambassador of the Pacific Northwest theatre touring to New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bali, Adelaide, Australia, and Avignon, France. In less than a decade, Fuse has created 12 original works (Craft/Craeft/Kraft, Slap That Bitch, Suburban Tribe, MySp_ce, #smarter_than_phones, Karaoke Night! (the musical)A Virgin in Neverland, (...), Sonnetscape The Tarot Show, unde+ec+able and Tether) while also organizing the annual celebration of the LGBTQI+ contribution to theatre, The OUTwright Theatre Festival. 

Earlier Event: November 20
A NIGHT OF RITUAL ARTISTRY