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The Fertile Ground Festival of New Works highlights companies and playwrights

One of Portland's more significant arts events, the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, continues through Sunday, Jan. 29, at venues around the city. It features theater, dance and more by playwrights and companies big and small.

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Here's a rundown of some of the new shows this week, or some continuing shows:

• Staged! Conservatory puts on "1980's Teen Musical," revisiting the John Hughes decade (set in 1989 at John Hughes High) through the eyes of the next generation. It's tabbed as a warmly imagined and inclusively written homage to the '80s with Journey tributes, Cyndi Lauper style, and tricky teenage challenges.

It stages 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, at the World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St. The music is by Mark LaPierre and Eric Nordin and the director is Diane Englert. The likes of Susannah Mars and Lisamarie Harrison star alongside several high school students.

• Two acclaimed plays that are still going on are "Carnivora" by Theatre Vertigo and "db" by CoHo Productions.

"Carnivora" has been produced in association with Playwrights West, and it'll stage 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18, at the Shoebox Theatre, 2110 S.E. 10th Ave.

A woman wakes up in a burlap sack and finds out she has been left in the Ozarks. She believes the world has ended and she goes on a nightmarish journey of discovery with mythical creatures, ghosts and memories haunting her. It's directed by Matthew Zrebski.

The play "db," by Seattle-bred playwright Tommy Smith, directed by Isaac Lamb and featuring Rebecca Lingfelter, takes on the story of D.B. Cooper, who hijacked a plane and jumped out with a parachute and a bag of money on Thanksgiving 1971, never to be seen again — or so the story goes. It was developed at Portland Center Stage's JAW Festival in 2014.

It runs through Feb. 4 with stagings at CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St.

• In "Into the Night: An Exploration of Life, Love & Loss," Ashley Lopez, a tribal fusion belly dancer and trained opera singer, explores the impermanence of life, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 29, at BodyVox Theater, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave.

• For its "Groovin' Greenhouse," Polaris Dance Theatre is joined by Vitality Dance Collective and Darvejon Jones (1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27), Polaris Junior Company & Neo Youth Company (2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28) and A-WOL Dance Collective (7:30 p.m. Jan. 28), all at Polaris, 1826 N.W. 18th Ave.

• Rogue Pack's "Stories from McLaren Youth Correctional Facility" features 10 young men, ages 18-24 and in the custody of Oregon Youth Authority, share their stories that were written during workshop conducted by playwright Francesca Piantadosi; professional actors perform the one-act plays, directed by Patrick Walsh. They'll stage Jan. 27 and 28 at Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane St.

• In "Nansen of the North." Lawrence Howard narrates the story of Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer. The Norwegian was stranded in Greenland in the 1880s and survived with the local Eskimos; he taught subsequent polar explorers how to explore and how to survive. He tells the story 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28, at Fremont Theater, 2393 N.E. Fremont St.

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