Fertile Ground is here!

Check out LineStorm’s whole festival schedule and reserve your seats:

4/12, 12pm: SUBE Y BAJA by Francisco Garcia

4/12, 6pm: SMALL BITES, 10-minute plays by Lolly Ward, Holly Richards, Heath Hyun Houghton, Ken Yoshikawa, and Brianna Barrett


4/14, 12pm: FINDING WILD by Susan Faust

4/17, 5pm: PULL by Sara Jean Accuardi

4/18, 12pm: STRANGE BIRDS by E. M. Lewis

4/19, 12pm: CESSAIR: HOW IRELAND WAS BORN, act one of a new musical by Holly Richards and Lolly Ward

4/20, 12pm: THE ALCHEMY OF STEAM by Josie Seid

4/21, 5pm: REMOTE by Sofia Molimbi and WHITE NOISE by Audrey Block

Lewis and HOLMES are on the CASE!

Listen to E. M. Lewis discuss her new opera, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE FALLEN GIANT, on Portland’s All Classical Radio:

November 30, 2023 @ 3:00 p.m.

Performances at PSU, November 25 – December 3, 2023

“The game’s afoot! A giant is dead, and his body lies at the base of a great beanstalk. The police believe young Jack is responsible. But the boy insists that he’s innocent, and begs the help of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his colleague, Dr. Watson. Can they untangle this magical mystery? In this operatic mystery for all ages, Holmes turns to a magic harp for clues that come in the form of musical quotes from opera greats, all cleverly woven into the plot. This buoyant, inventive score is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. PSU’s production of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant’ is the second-ever presentation of this new opera.”

Bimonthly Reading Series: Join us 11/5 for APPLE HUNTERS by E. M. Lewis

LineStorm Playwrights
in association with
Portland Center Stage 

By E.M. Lewis

Directed by Avital Shira

Phillip Ray Guevara
Gavin Hoffman
Isaac Lamb
Joshua J. Weinstein

Stage Manager:
Carol Ann Wohlmut

ASL Interpretation Provided by:
Marie Groshans and Courtney Borchert


Sunday, November 5
5:00 p.m.
(Set those clocks back!)

Portland Center Stage
128 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR

Four men who grew up together in a small town in rural Washington go on a quest for a lost variety of apple — and may just find the friendship they’ve lost along the way.


E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist. Her work has been produced around the world and is published by Samuel French. Lewis received the Steinberg Award (twice!) and the Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a fellowship from New Jersey State Arts Commission, the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama, and an Edgerton Award. She is currently working on a play commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their American Revolutions program. Lewis just began a three-year stint as the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Artists Repertory Theater. She is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights, Opera America, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.

When Ward stepped into Lewis’ play

Read Melory Mirashrafi’s piece for Artists Rep on:

“What the Pandemic Taught Us About Prioritizing Artist Health”

In May of 2023, during ART’s production of True Story by E. M. Lewis, actor Maria Porter experienced a health emergency that led to actor and writer Lolly Ward stepping into her role leading up to opening night. Director Luan Schooler, Porter, and Ward sit down with Artistic & Producing Associate Melory Mirashrafi to discuss their experiences on True Story, and what the world of theatre has learned about prioritizing actor health as a result of the pandemic.