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    main: (503) 404-2350


    55 NE Farragut St #9
    Portland, OR 97211
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    The Headwaters, a project of Water in the Desert (WITD), is a black box theatre, rehearsal space and classroom dedicated to serving local artists by providing an affordable and professional space for launching new work. The theatre is located on the fringe of North Portland, a neighborhood with a burgeoning art scene. Equipped with professional sound, lighting and projection capabilities, a professional sprung-wood floor and comfortable movie-theatre-style seating, the space serves artists in theatre, dance, music and film throughout the year.


    Parking lot available, parking on street available

    Directions by Auto

    Take the Lombard exit from I-5. Go east on Lombard. Take a left on Vancouver (the first traffic light). Travel 3 blocks north to Farragut Street. Take a right on Farragut and follow it to the end of the street. You will see a red brick building on your left. You can park in front of the building or just to the east of it in the parking lot. The Headwaters entrance is located at the very back of the building.

    BY BIKE:Williams has a northbound bicycle lane that continues past Killingsworth and will take you all the way to Lombard. Cross Lombard and go 3 blocks to Farragut St. Go right at Farragut. You will see a red brick building at the end of Farragut on your left. The Headwaters entrance is located around the very back of the building.

    Directions by Public Transport

    The number 6 bus goes north on MLK and stops at MLK and Lombard. From the intersection of MLK and Lombaard, cross to the north side of Lombard. Walk west on Lombard 3 blocks to Williams. Go right on Williams and walk 3 blocks to Farragut. Take a right on Farragut and walk another block. W are on the left in the red brick building. The Headwaters entrance is located at the very back of the building.

    • I Am an Actress

      I Am an Actress

      By Jane Comer Created by Jane Comer Creative consultant Rusty Tennant Tickets: $15; $10 students/seniors "I Am an Actress" returns 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 ----- Part of Fertile Ground: A City-wide Festival of New Works

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    • Sleepwalker


      SLEEPWALKER is a feminist reimagining of the 1920 silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," considered the first true horror film. The film is fiercely anti-authoritarian but fails to see patriarchy as a key element of authoritarianism. SLEEPWALKER upends this patriarchal narrative and presents the story from Jane's point of view. As Jane Olson approaches adulthood, the people around her insist on her fitting the traditional mold. She must accept matriarch as her natural role or else fall to its opposite. She wants neither. Raised by her father, she envisions having a purposeful life and making a difference in the world. Yet even her father is appalled at the direction his tutoring has taken her. Only her friend Alan understands her desire for self-actualization. When Alan is murdered, Jane is propelled into a quest for truth that leads her to the darkest corners of the world and of her own mind. Her life becomes a nightmare from which it may not be possible to wake. Jane must finally stand alone in order to fully be herself. ----- Part of Fertile Ground: A City-wide Festival of New Works

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    • Tether: ADHD+BDSM

      Tether: ADHD+BDSM

      By Sara Fay Goldman Directed by Rusty Tennant Tickets: $15; $10 students/seniors 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 will 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'd like) to illustrate the less erotic and more sensual and cerebral facets of BDSM, embodying her various theories and attempts at treatment. ----- Part of Fertile Ground: A City-wide Festival of New Works

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    • The Tarot Show

      The Tarot Show

      By Kate Mura Conceived by Kate Mura & the audience Additional crafting by Stephanie Alvidrez and Skawesomeness Productions Tickets: Sliding scale; $10 suggested What happens when a tarot reading is given to an entire audience, instead of an individual? Come find out! Every show is different, as every tarot reading is different. Stories, anecdotes, conversation, questions, history and herstory come out specific for your audience, your day, your season. The witch and theatre artist weaves these two different parts of her life together for the first time. Share in the mystery, bring your questions, and curiosity. ----- Part of Fertile Ground: A City-wide Festival of New Works

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    • unde+ec+able


      Written & directed by Rusty Newton Tennant Tickets: $15; $10 students What happens after the end? In a world without law, who will protect the vulnerable? Are the lucky ones those who lived or 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? ----- Part of Fertile Ground: A City-wide Festival of New Works

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