'Death of a Cranky Philosopher' features actors from Washington County and beyond.

COURTESY PHOTO: FAYRA TEETERS - Left to right, Damon (Rian Turner), Sam (Kenneth Dembo) and Makesh (Eden Romano) fight.Beaverton-based Masque Alfresco will be collaborating with HART Theatre Artistic Director Paul Roder to present "Death of a Cranky Philosopher" this month, a part of the 2018 Fertile Ground Festival.

Written by Don Teeters and directed by Masque Alfresco's Artistic Director Fayra Teeters, the play takes audience members on a madcap journey into a lost psyche.

The dramatic comedy follows the recovery of Vaughn Miracle, a high school philosophy teacher who gets shot in the head by one of his students and finds himself in a coma-induced netherworld ruled by erratic botanical beings who put him on trial for murder.

How much do jargon and childhood wordplay distort the reality of adulthood by locking in early nonsensical and emotional beliefs?

A famous philosopher once stated, "The limits of my language are the limits of my world." But is language unable to keep pace with our evolving brains as new thoughts fade into vagueness?

Follow along inside the head of a cranky philosopher.

The show features actors from Washington County and beyond, both HART Theatre regulars and Masque Alfresco company members: Aaron Morrow, Kenneth Dembo, Paul Roder, Rian Turner, Jean Christensen, Mark Friendly, Athena McElrath and Eden Romano.

Show dates are Jan. 25, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are at HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St. in Hillsboro.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students, and can be purchased online at,, or at the door.

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