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

Stage and Studio on 06/08/10

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Tue, 06/08/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sarah Slipper & James Canfield of NW Dance Project

Dmae Roberts talks with Sarah Slipper, founding artistic director  of Northwest Dance Project and Choreographer James Canfield, founding artistic director of the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Opening June 17th, Northwest Dance Project premieres four original dance works to celebrate their first anniversary in their beautiful studio and performance center in the heart of the Mississippi district over two weekends in June.  

Stage and Studio on 06/01/10

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Tue, 06/01/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Author Molly Gloss & Heroines of the American West

Host Dmae Roberts talks with one of Portland’s beloved authors, Molly Gloss at her home. Molly Gloss was a finalist the Pen/Faulkner award for American fiction foThe Jump-Off Creek about a woman who homesteads in Oregon in 1895 and won the James Tiptree Jr.

Stage and Studio on 05/25/10

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Tue, 05/25/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dmae Roberts presents her 1990 Peabody award-winning documentary "Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song"

As a special program for Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Dmae Roberts presents her 1990 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.  "Mei Mei"chronicles Dmae and her mother, Chu-Yin, as they travel to Taiwan together. Interviews and dramatizations weave in and out to tell the story of a conflicted daughter and a mother who suffered abuse, starvation and the horrors of World War Two.

Stage and Studio on 05/18/10

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Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Two women making their own kind of performance

Dmae Roberts talks with two women producers who are doing their own kind of performance productions: Katie Tayler of Opera Theatre Oregon and Eleanor O'Brien of Dance Naked Productions. Both are artistic directors of independent companies producing their forms of non-traditional performance. They'll talk about the challenges and advantages of forming your own company to do work that might otherwise not be produced. Opera Theatre Oregon just opened "Hercules vs. Vampires" - a technicolor opera of a cult classic. Dance Naked Productions also opened "Inviting Desire" - an original work of erotic art based on a survey of hundreds of women. 

Stage and Studio on 05/11/10

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Tue, 05/11/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Henry Winkler & Putnam County Spelling Bee

 Host Dmae Roberts features an exclusive interview with Henry Winkler about his new young adult book "Hank Zipzer: A Brand New Life." Also featured are Director  Rose Riordan and Actor Gavin Gregory from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"- the hit musical debuting soon at Portland Center Stage.

In this special membership drive edition, we'll be offering tickets to the musical production and two autographed and inscribed copies of Henry Winkler's book as thank you gifts for your memberships!

Stage and Studio on 05/04/10

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Tue, 05/04/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Join Host Dmae Roberts for special one-hour membership drive edition of Stage and Studio.

Join Host Dmae Roberts for special one-hour membership drive edition of Stage and Studio featuring McKinley's "Gracie and the Atom" at Artists Repertory Theatre at 11am and Aaron Meyer's new debut CD "Warming" at 11:30am.

Membership Drive thank you gifts include....

--tickets to the ""Gracie and the Atom"' musical

--copies of the "Gracie and the Atom"  CD 

--copies of Aaron Meyer's new debut CD "Warming"

--copies of damali ayo's "Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America"

 

Stage and Studio on 04/27/10

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Tue, 04/27/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Lime Tree Bower" at Coho Productions & damali ayo's new book "Obamaistan! Land Without Racism"

Host Dmae Roberts features Devon Allen director of "This Lime Tree Bower" by Irish playwright Conor McPherson at Coho Productions and author damali ayo's new book "Obamaistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America"- a fun satire on state of race in this country. Plus giveaways!

The Lime Tree Bower Photo credit: Anni Becker

Stage and Studio on 04/20/10

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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Mystery of Opal Whiteley of a half-hour documentary on Opal Whiteley,

Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley of a half-hour documentary on Opal Whiteley, a young woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon. In 1920 she published a childhood diary about her time in the woods and her love of nature. It became wildly popular and then was later condemned as a hoax. This diary created an international controversy that led to her eventual in mental health.

Dmae Roberts co-produced this with Playwright Dorothy Velasco in 1988 with music by John Doan.

Stage and Studio on 04/13/10

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Tue, 04/13/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Imago Theatre's "Frogz" & Oregon Children's Theatre's "Small Steps"-

Host Dmae Roberts features Imago Theatre's "Frogz" which is making its return to Portland stages. Two performers will talk about what it's like to play strange and wild creatures. And in the second half of the show, we'll talk to Stan Foote of the Oregon Children's Theater about their new show "Small Steps"--a sequel to the hit book by are Louis Sachar and movie "Holes." Plus some ticket giveaways!

Stage and Studio on 04/06/10

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Tue, 04/06/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Hearing Voices, a storytelling festiva

Host Dmae Roberts  features Hearing Voices, a storytelling festival with the Brody Theater (Portland), Oregon Shadow Puppet Theater (Portland) and Nuestro Canto (Beaverton).  from April 11-18,  the Washington County Cooperative Library Services hosts this sixth annual storytelling Festival as part of National Library Week. Also, a preview of Cirque du Soleil's new show Kooza  and a round up of events.

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Wordstock & Larry Colton + "Merchant of Venice"

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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"

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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"

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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"

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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

Made possible with funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.  

 

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

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Tue, 08/10/2010

Dmae Roberts presents a special Oregon Treasures edition of Stage and Studio.  Sitka Center for Art and Ecology celebrates its 40th anniversary on August 28th. The picturesque center nestled in beautiful old growth forest of  Sitka Spruce has nourished the talents of writers, visual artists and scientists for four decades. Through workshops and residencies, the Sitka Center remains a cherished place of learning for people throughout the Northwest and Northern California.   

Dmae Roberts visited with staff, founders, teachers and participants to learn more about this one-of-a-kind Oregon Treasure. This piece is part of the Oregon Treasures series funded by a Regional Arts and Culture Council's individual artist project grant.

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