Stage and Studio

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts.  Aired Live from the KBOO studio.

Each week Dmae Roberts talks with performing, literary and media artists from the Portland Metro area as well as around the Northwest.  As a two-time Peabody award-winning radio producer and writer, Roberts brings national quality to regional arts scene. Dmae often features her national radio work on Stage and Studio.If you have an event please send an email to stagenstudio@aol.com two months before your event.   The earlier the better!

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Episode Archive

Stories From Home

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Stories From Home
Dmae Roberts talks with Polo Catalani of the Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council about "Stories From Home" event featuring immigrant and refugee writers and musicians. We'll be featuring two of the artists at the event-- Palestinian American writer Mohammad Bader and Bhutanese poet Moti Rizal. This is a special feature of "Migrations" - Dmae's series focusing on immigrant and refugee artists. 

Featured music: Parfait Bassale at ParfaitOnline.com.

Moh Alileche

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Moh Alileche -Algerian Berber Music
Dmae Roberts talks with Moh Alileche, master of Algerian Berber music. Berbers are an indigenous ethnicity  of Northern Africa. The culture dates back more than 5000 years.  Alileche came to the U.S. in 1990  shortly before the civil war in Algeria started. And now he performs Berber music while educating people about his former homeland and the culture. He'll be performing live, and we'll also hear tracks from his latest CD. 

Mei Mei

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song by Dmae Roberts
Dmae Roberts presents her 1989 Peabody award-winning documentary"Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song" This memoir docu-theatre piece is the personal story of cross-cultural and cross-generational conflict produced by Dmae Roberts.

More Shakespeare!

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Anon It Moves & String House Theatre Collaborate + Original Practice Shakespeare

Dmae Roberts talks with Anon It Moves and String House Theatre and Original Practice Shakespeare Festival. We'll hear from directors Elizabeth Watt, Emily Gregory and actor Erica Terpening-Romeo from two young companies collaborating on productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. And in the latter part of the show Brian Allard of OPSfest joins us to talk about an unusual  A Midsummer Night'

Jaw Playwrights Festival

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
A talk with the director of Jaw: A Playwright's Festival 2014 at Portland Center Stge
Dmae Roberts has a behind-the-scenes  on-location talk with Rose Riordan, associate artistic director of Portland Center Stage and director of JAW: A Playwright's Festival 2014. We'll hear how she started off this 16-year old festival with "a bag of bagels" to grow into a huge weekend of four plays and a multitude of events. Not only do we get the inside scoop on what makes this year's playwrights unique but we get insight into the collaborative process at JAW. Plus Riordan tells us how a desire for voyeurism and invisibility can lead to a life in the theatre! Sort of. 

A Tale of Two Shakespeare Plays

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
The Tempest & Love's Labor's Lost
Dmae Roberts features two backstage interviews at her home studio about two Shakespeare plays about to open in Portland.

First she talks with founding artistic director Michael Mendelson of the Portland Shakespeare Project. They’re producing The Tempest at  Artists Rep's Alder stage. The production stars veteran actress Linda Alper as “Prospera” a magical role usually performed by a male actor. PSP is also presenting a staged reading of The Admirable Crichton by J.M. Barrie (of Peter Pan fame) directed by Jon Kretzu. 

Conduit Turns 20!

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Conduit Celebrates 20th Anniversary Season
Dmae Roberts welcomes artistic director Tere Mathern of Conduit Dance in downtown Portland. She was part of the collective of contemporary dancers who wanted to create a space for dancers to create new work to perform. She's been taking ont the day to day operations of Conduit. She'll tell us about the Dance+ summer festival of curated multi-discipline dance with veteran and emerging performers.

45 years of Portland Actor's Ensemble

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Portland Actor's Ensemble presents Shakespeare's "Antony & Cleopatra" + "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Portland abounds with summer Shakespeare but Portland Actors Ensemble has been producing Shakespeare in the Parks for the last 45 years. PAE kick things off a culturally innovative outdoor productions Antony and Cleopatra scheduled and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Portland's theatre community has committed to producing every Shakespeare play, sonnet and narrative poem  within a two-year period that started with 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and culiminates in the 400th anniversary of his death.

PHAME Turns 30

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
PHAME's 30th Anniversary Bash + Three Sisters Nixtamal

Dmae Roberts talks with PHAME executive director Stephen Marc Beaudoin and artistic director Jessica Dart about the  30th anniversary of the organization. Both are gifted artists who have worked to built PHAME into one of the premiere nonprofit community arts groups in Portland. We'll hear how PHAME has created arts training and activities for adults with developmental and physical disabilities and their families for the last 30 years. 

PHAME EVENTS include: 

PHAME @ 30 Birthday Bash
Thursday, June 26th at 7:00pm at the Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Ave. Portland, OR

Author Lisa See

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Author Lisa See and "China Dolls"

Dmae Roberts talks with acclaimed author Lisa See whose new book, China Dolls, features the era of the Asian American nightclubs during the 1930s to 50s. Her previous books, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy focused mainly on characters living in China and some who have emigrated. In China Dolls she focuses on three friends American born Asian Americans girls who come from different backgrounds and ethnicities.  As always, See's books covers a long period of time while revealing historic moments in time with vivid and complex memorable characters. 
     

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White Bird Dance

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 10/05/2010

 Why would two non-dancers spend the last 12 years bringing the best of national and international dance to Portland? Dmae Roberts finds out as she talks with Paul King and Walter Jaffe, the founders of White Bird Dance, about their 13th season.

Martha Graham Dance Company-Photo: JohnDeane

Featured are Lucinda Childs Dance, Gallim Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Elkins & Friends' Fraulein Maria and Portland's Oslund & Co.

Also in this show is a special preview of Eugene Ballet's Cinderella opening at the historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem. Dmae talks with founders Toni Pimble & Riley Grannon.

Eugene Ballet's Cinderella

 

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Below: Paul King and Walter Jaffe in the studio

Paul King & Walter Jaffe

Wordstock & Larry Colton + "Merchant of Venice"

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 09/28/2010

Host Dmae Roberts focuses on Wordstock Festival 2010, a yearly celebration of book books, writers, and storytelling in Portland. Wordstock will take place October 9-10 with several pre-events. Also featured is Actor Anthony Heald as Shylock at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Merchant of Venice.  

Wordstock has hosted more than 1,000 writers, who have read and performed for nearly 80,000 people at past festivals. The festival features 9 author stages; a book fair with over 125 exhibitors, a special children’s activity area and children’s literature stage, workshops for emerging writers and for K-12 teachers.

Greg Netzer, executive director, and Larry Colton, author of No Ordinary Joes and one of the founding members of Wordstock were live in the studio to tell us about this renowned event.

Anthony Heald as Shylock at OSF 

And in the latter part of the show, we hear from Anthony Heald, star of stage and screen, deconstruct his speech as the famed character Shylock in Shakespeare'sMerchant of Venice at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is a rare window into the actor's process. Merchant of Venice closes October 10th at OSF but the festival continues through October 31st.

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"Merchant of Venice"

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 09/28/2010

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of “Merchant of Venice”,  directed by Bill Rauch and starring Anthony Heald as Shylock is a magnificent indictment on the cost of prejudice. Set both in contemporary and Elizabethan times, it rings true to today’s issues while still balancing the comedy and the tragic elements of this fine Shakespeare play.

In this episode, listen as Heald deconstructs his speech as the famed character Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is a rare window into the actor’s process. 

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My Name Is Rachel Corrie & Brothers of the Baladi

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 09/21/2010

Host Dmae Roberts features "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" and Brothers of the Baladi's"Mosaic: A Day of Music & Dance" on Tuesday, September 21 at 11am on KBOO 90.7 FM.

Madeleine Rogers & Amanda Jensen Photo-SteveBrian

Northwest Classical Theatre Company and Three Good Friends presents a two-person play about Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old Evergreen College student from Olympia, Washington who in 2003 was crushed to death in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was kneeling in front of a local Palestinian's home to keep them from demolishing the home.

Compiled and edited by actor Alan Rickman and  The Guardian’s Feature Editor, Katharine Viner in London, this controversial play is based on Rachel Corrie's writings. This production features two actresses directed by Megan Ward.

And in the second part of the show, Dmae talks with Michael Beach from Brothers of the Baladi about"Mosaic: A Day of Music & Dance" on September 25th. This Portland band presents a ful day of music and dance workshops and an evening concert focusing on a festive appreciation of Middle Eastern music.

 

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Autumn Moon and Throne of Blood

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 09/14/2010

Host Dmae Roberts presents two different Asian-themed art events

First up, Ivy Lin, event director, tells us about "Music Under the Autumn Moon" a celebration of the 68-year-old Yat Sing Music Club in Portland's Chinatown. 

Yat Sing Music Club at Crossing East Heritage Festival 2006

Lin is joined by Classical Revolution PDX, one of several music groups presenting a multiculural concert on September 25th.

Other groups include Third Angle New Music Ensemble and Portland Cello Project.

Yat Sing Music Club is a social Cantonese opera group that's been performing together in Portland's Chinatown since 1941 to raise money for the war effort.  "Music Under The Autumn Moon" celebrates the harvest during the Moon Festival, a tradition in China for 1000 years and  is organized by Friends of Portland Chinatown.

 

Ako as Lady Asaji & Kevin Kenerly as Washizu Photo:OSF 

In the second part, Dmae  talks with Ako at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  A Japanese American actress trained in Kabuki theatre, Ako talks about her role as Lady Asaji in Ping Chong's production of Throne of Blood based on the Akira Kurosawa film.

This multimedia play features a stellar cast and talented designers. Under the direction of NYC's Ping Chong, this fine production performs at breakneck pace complete with video projections and Kabuki and Noh movement just under 2 hours without intermission. It stays true to Kurosawa's frightening tale of murder, war and madness. Ako's performance as the Lady M based character is a study of masterful calculation and ruthlessness. She tells us how she handles this role with very few scenes and artful movement.

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See Classical Revolution PDX perform live in the studio!

Throne of Blood

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 09/14/2010

Dmae Roberts just got back from another trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. This season has been one of the best ever.  She highly recommends taking a trip if you can to see the shows still running.

 

“Merchant of Venice”, directed by Bill Rauch and starring Anthony Heald as Shylock is a magnificent indictment on the cost of prejudice. Set both in contemporary and Elizabethan times, it rings true to today’s issues while still balancing the comedy and the tragic elements of this fine Shakespeare play. “Merchant of Venice” ends October 10th,  so there’s only a few more weeks to see this play.

 

Two other productions stand out. “Ruined”, by Lynn Nottage was a searing and deeply affecting play about the rape of women in the Congo. The performances were brilliant and moving. The music pumped energy and hope into poignant, heartbreaking situations.  It’s a must-see for everyone. The show runs until October 31st.

 

I also recommend “Throne of Blood” adapted by noted theatre director Ping Chong from the classic film by Akira Kurosawa. This multimedia play features and a stellar cast and talented designers. “Throne of Blood” performs at breakneck pace complete with video projections and Kabuki and Noh movement. It’s just under two hours without intermission. The show also runs until October 31st.

 

“Throne of Blood” stays true to Kurosawa’s frightening tale adapted from Shakespeare’s Macbeth with themes of murder, war, and madness. The standout performance for me came from Japanese-American actress Ako who is trained in Kabuki theatre. She played Lady Asaji, based on the Lady Macbeth character. Her portrayal of Lady Asaji is a masterful study of a calculating and ruthless woman. In this interview, she tells us how she handles this role with very few scenes and artful movement.

 

Dmae talks with Ako in this podcast, with music by veteran OSF composer Todd Barton. Click here for more information about the rest of the season, which runs until October 31st.

T:BA:10 Special w/ Noelle Stiles & Danielle Kelly

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program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Wed, 09/08/2010

This is a Time Based Art Festival 2010 special program produced and hosted by Sean Ongley. Live guests are Noelle Stiles and Danielle Kelly in discussion of their work on the piece, "Blanket", featured on the cover of the festival program guide. Plus, some joking around with Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner.

SNS83110GreekTheatre

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 08/31/2010

 Host Dmae Roberts features Oedipus the King and the It's All Greek To Me festival (September 10-26) in Portland. She's joined by Elizabeth Huffman, artistic director of Classic Creek Theatre of Oregon which is the only professional Greek Theatre festival in the country.

Huffman is directing a new translations of Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Actor Trieu Tran, a Portland native and now based in Los Angeles, leads a cast in an inventive production incorporating Japanese Kabuki, Noh and Butoh elements.The production is performed outdoors at the Reed College's Cerf Ampitheatre.

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Michael Lopez & Trieu Tran Photo: Darrell Allen Davis

 

NW Writer Ivan Doig & "Work Song"

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010

 Host Dmae Roberts features an in-depth and lively interview with Northwest Writer Ivan Doig.

A prolific writer of books set in the American West, Doig talks about his latest novel, Work Song set in the bustling international melting pot of Butte, Montana of 1919. Doig talks about his research on the effects of mining on the land, the workers and the citizens who form a diverse community often at odds with the mining company that rules so many of their lives.

Ivan Doig

Work Song brings back a much-loved character from Doig's previous book, The Whistling Season. Morris Morgan, or "Morrie" as he’s called, comes to Butte one day and quickly lands a job at the town library run by an imposing rancher with a shady past. Soon Morrie becomes central to the lives of everyone in town as events escalate to a boiling point pitting workers against management. With Work Song, Ivan also includes some romance as well as historic commentary.

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Music provided by Shake That Little Foot from the Free Music archives.

  

Allen Nause of ART's "Long Day's Journey"

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 08/17/2010

Artists Repertory Theatre got a head start to their season and unveiled their co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company. ART has had a long history of international collaboration, but this new production of Eugene O’Neil’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” starring acclaimed actor William Hurt.  

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Allen Nause, Todd Van Voris and Stephanie Mulligan who also traveled to Australia to work on the production. She also presents an Oregon Treasures feature story focused on Artistic Director Allen Nause who most people in the theatre community regard as an enduring and visionary force behind ART.

This show is podcast on iTunes.  Check out other Stage and Studio programs on Stagenstudio.com!

Learn more about the history of Artists Repertory Theatre, now in its 28th year and hear about this new production that many regard as a milestone for ART. Oregon Treasures is a series of stories and documentaries that focuses on veteran artists and arts groups that have made an impact on the state.

l-r Allen Nause, Stephanie Mulligan, Todd Van Voris

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