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Sci-fi play to be presented Jan 31, Feb. 1-2, 7-9 at Oak Grove venue on Hill Road

Masque Alfresco will present "The Prime Solution," opening Jan. 31 in Oak Grove as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, a program of Portland Area Theatre Alliance.

Fertile Ground is an 11-day festival of world premieres where dozens of Portland area artists present new theatrical works, dance and more. This marks the 11th year of the festival, and involves venues throughout the Portland metro area, including several in Clackamas County.

"The Prime Solution" was written by Don Teeters and directed by Fayra Teeters of Masque Alfresco.

COURTESY PHOTO: FAYRA TEETERS - Rachel Ladd, Maya Brown, Ken Dembo in Masques Alfresco's 'The Prime Solution' being presented as part of the 2020 Fertile Ground Festival. The play involves Trey and Cristal, genetically engineered father and daughter, who are struggling to understand each other under the regime of a ruling group called The Prime that uses genetic engineering to create a better world.

Destroyed by war, Earth has become a radioactive wasteland. Trey has received a replacement wife who is an exact copy of his deceased spouse but seems to know things beyond her classification.

And Trey? His enhanced DNA is not working as predicted, so attached to his dead wife he can barely function, reducing him from genius to has-been in his own lifetime.

His daughter is no help. Cristal, secretly being groomed for a leadership position, is humming along as a shining example of Prime genetics.

This is Masque Alfresco's sixth production for Fertile Ground. It stars professional actor Kenneth Dembo as Trey, Rachel Ladd as Cristal, Maya Brown as the replacement wife Cly, Tyler Hulegaard as the rebel Derrick, and company regular Rian Turner as the E-Norm Examiner.

"The Prime Solution"

What: Sci-fi play presented as part of Fertile Ground Festival of New Works

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan 31, Feb. 1-2, 7-9

Where: Faith on the Hill Fellowship Hall, 3615 S.E. Hill Road, Oak Grove

Tickets: $15, $10 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets at or at the door. Refer to the website for the complete Fertile Ground Festival schedule.

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