Portland's annual Fertile Ground Festival of New Works runs Jan 27 to Feb 6, 2022. Like last year, the 37 works are all online (to prevent spreading COVID-19), although some have live performances too. And like every year, it's a mixture of final works, readings and works in progress.

If you ever need an example of pandemic resilience (beyond, say, health care workers or supermarket staff), look at the playwrights and actors of Portland. They could have thrown in the towel and produced nothing these last two years, which have been more ring light than limelight. But they didn't. They kept at it, imagining their audience when they couldn't see it, picturing their opening nights when the theaters were unavailable.