Forethought: Four Short Plays And Business As Usual

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Minimalist absurdity, provocative drama, social commentary and outrageous comedy unite in these latest works from the quirky mind of Brad Bolchunos. Paired with the one-act "Business as Usual" by Michael Josef, the Fertile Ground Festival event offers a full evening of theater with enough variety to stir different tastes.

Tickets are only $10 for either showing -- 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31:

A couple tries to defy whether contention defines their relationship in "Wristwatch on Ice." Social anxiety erupts to comic effect in "Party Favors." The promise of romance drives a troubled artist toward madness in "Sparkness," while a lovelorn dweeb battles self-critique in "The Untame Game."

"Forethought" features accomplished Portland actors Melissa Whitney, Christy Drogosch, Andrew Garrettson and Murren Kennedy in a lively script-in-hand staged reading format under the direction of Michael LaValley.

"I'm thrilled with this team, and I can't wait for audiences to hop aboard this ride," Bolchunos says.

The cast of "Business as Usual," a piece exploring what Josef calls "the architecture of corruption," includes celebrated actors David Loftus and Kathleen Barnebey, Doug Mitchell and Robert Hamm. The projects have been developed within PDX Playwrights. Those who purchase a full festival pass can benefit the writing group by selecting it from the pulldown menu upon purchase.

Bolchunos also has a 10-minute play, "Close Shave," appearing as part of "Daisy Dukes Shorts Night" (DDSN 2016 Jan 22+23 7pm Hipbone Studio).

Despite the distinct styles within "Forethought," the pieces are linked by the struggle to communicate with authenticity amid waves of desperation about separation, he says. In that challenge, "what we reveal may not always match what is real."
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