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Fertile Grounds is the powerful story of loss, grief, healing, and connection. This world premiere community-based play, written by Katie Ka Vang, invites the audience onto a BIPOC farming cooperative to explore the relationship of grief, community, and wellness. Fertile Grounds shares stories of land stewards, healers, and people in our community seeking meaningful avenues for healing and health.





Audience advisory: Please note that this play contains mature themes of death of a loved one and grief, as well as exploration of one's relationship to or disconnection from land

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a community-based play
Directed by Carley Robinson

Fertile Grounds will be presented over two weeks. Each weekend will be in a different location. 

Weekend 1:

The Soil Factory

142 Ithaca Beer Dr, Ithaca, NY

June 2 @ 7pm

June 3 @ 7pm

June 4 @ 2pm

THESE THREE PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT. There are no more tickets available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please click here for directions to the Soil Factory and information about the venue. 

Weekend 2:

Community School of Music & Arts

330 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850

June 9 @ 7pm

June 10 @ 7pm*

June 11 @ 5pm

CSMA is an ADA accessible venue, which includes elevator access to Hamblin Hall on the third floor. For questions about accessibility, please contact Julia Taylor at 607-241-0195 or

Pay-What-You-Can tickets are now available!
Click here to make your ticket reservation.

Community members star in the cast: Yumi Asakura, Sherron Brown, Sabetha Hersini, Della Keahna, Misko Keahna Uran, Antonisha Owens, Felicia Whatley, and Francine Wilson Jasper

Civic Ensemble is proud to offer a BIPOC

Community Night for Fertile Grounds on June 10 at 7pm


While no one will be turned away, we encourage you to join us in creating intentional space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members whose experiences are centered in the show. 


For our BIPOC Community Members, we hope you come as authentically as possible, and that you bring folks that can help make that happen! Multi-racial families, including white partners, are welcome! We hope you are engaged and enthralled, but at the very least, entertained. We hope you leave knowing that theatre is a space for you, that your stories matter, and that theatre is your birthright.


If you are not part of the BIPOC community, we hope to see you on another night of the run, and thank you for your continued support!

Thank you to our production sponsors and grantmakers!

Fertile Grounds was developed with support from the Network of Ensemble Theaters and the Playwrights' Center.

Support for this production also comes from:

The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. 

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This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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This program is made possible in part through the Community Arts Partnership’s “Grants for Arts Program,” with funds from Tompkins County.

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