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

Unit Souzou

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Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Unit Souzou Presents Saisei - New Beginnings
Artists have their fair share of doors closing on them. But it's how you open new doors that helps define your strength as an artist. Michelle Fujii was artistic director of Portland Taiko for nine years. Toru Watanabe, her husband, had an artistic staff position for six years. Suddenly this summer, the PT board decided to restructure the organization, and they eliminated Fujii's position. Watanabe made the decision to leave with her.

Simon Tam and The Slants

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Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Simon Tam
Guest Host Sarika Mehta interviews Simon Tam is the bassist of Portland's very own Chinatown dance rock band, The Slants. The band is beloved worldwide and has even gained recognition from younger audiences, survivors of Japanese internment camps and everyone in between! However, they are in the middle of a five-year lawsuit with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The band is made up of all Asian American members, yet the US Patent & Trademark Office claims their rejection on the basis of the band's name being racist. 

Stories From Home

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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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

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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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

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Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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!

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Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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

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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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

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Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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!

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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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

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Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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.

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Conduit Dance celebrates 17 years serving Portland's dance community

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Tue, 06/12/2012

Dmae Roberts talks with Tere Mathern and Danielle Ross of Conduit Dance on their 17th anniversary. Conduit presents eight new works to celebrate. The contemporary dance space has provided independent dancers a place for performance and workshops. We'll also hear about Conduit's history, its place in the dance community as well as Conduit's Just 17th party and Dance+ performances.  

This show also features music by Good King Friday. Hear their music at GoodKingFriday.com.

Conduit Dance presents DANCE+ - eight new works have been chosen to spotlight collaboration within Portland's dance and arts communities. This curated, dance-packed festival offers two programs at Conduit's studio theater on the 4th floor of the historic Pythian Building in downtown Portland. All shows are at  8:30 pm (approx 1.5 hours long. Tickets: $20/general, $15/students/seniors/limited income.

July 19-22 Program:

-This is how we Disappear | bobbevy (Suniti Dernovsek & David Stein)
-WWWEEERRRQQQ | The DECEPTiCONS (Kaj-Anne Pepper, Anthony Hudson, Mickey Pollizato, and Jen Hackworth)
-Tilth | Kristine Anderson & Tabitha Blankenbiller
-Terrain | Keely McIntyre & Ash Black Bufflo 

July 26-29 Program:
-The Loveliest Landscape | Danielle Ross & Christi Denton
-Close Quarters | The Friendly Pheromones (Zahra Banzi, Chase Hamilton, Zoe  Nelson, Ben Magaziner & Anthony Shepard)
-advantAGE | Keyon Gaskin, Gregg Bielemeier & Philippe Bronchtien
-Tsunami | Luciana Proaño, Sumi Wu, Dylan Wilbur, Art Resnick & Todd Trigsted

Just 17! Benefit Party and Performance Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, site based and staged dance performances, and silent auction for many great prizes. Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 7:00pm-11:00 pm atConduit Dance, 918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor in Portland.

Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238525 or pay at the door. Ticket price includes one free beverage, hors d’oeuvres and one or more free raffle tickets depending on the amount donated for admission  All ages welcome.

The evening includes dances by Gregg Bielemeier, Tere Mathern, Linda K. Johnson, Josie Moseley performed by Skinner/Kirk, TopShakeDance (Jim McGinn), bobevvy (Suniti Dernovsek and David Stein), Catherine Egan, Danielle Ross, Mike Barber, Tracy Broyles and more!

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Original Practice Shakespeare + Mixed Race Arts

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Tue, 06/05/2012

 Original Practice Shakespeare starts a wave of Shakespeare in Portland. Brian Allard, Noah Goldenberg and Clara Hillier of OPS joins Dmae Roberts live in the studio to talk about their upcoming free performances of As You Like It and Romeo & Juliet throughout the Portland area. We'll also hear a short piece about multiracial artists for the upcoming Loving Day on June 10th, a celebration of mixed race families around the country.

Hear about their unique style of Shakespeare, performing with scripts with their own roles only and with different casting each performance. A free family outing with Shakespeare, improv and the outdoors.

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (OPS Fest) performs William Shakespeare’s As You Like It andRomeo & Juliet this summer. AYLI follows the stories of a banished Duke, a cross-dressing woman, a collection of lovers, clowns, and a morose ex-courtier, and touches on all of humanity, from life to love to death. Romeo & Juliet tells the famed tragedy of star-crossed lovers from feuding families. OPS Fest brings energetic and engaging performances the Oregonian has called “fun, action-packed and fast-moving.”

Many specialized events are also happening with OPS Fest this year. June 21st marks their second annual performance of A Midsommer Nights Dreame on a Midsummer night, at the top of Council Crest Park. They perform their full repertoire of five plays, in only four days, in July at Laurelhurst Park. OPS Fest will also be a part of Milepost 5’s Shakespeare Festival in July, as well as a part of all Sunday Parkways events, spanning from May to September.

Performance dates:

  • Thursday 6/21, 10pm - Council Crest – 2nd Annual Midsummer Midsommer
  • Saturday, 6/23, 2pm - Gabriel Park - As You Like It
  • Sunday, 6/24, 1pm - Kenton Park - Romeo and Juliet
  • Friday, 6/29, 7pm - Esther Short Park, Vancouver - As You Like It
  • Saturday, 6/30, 2pm - Cathedral Park - As You Like It
  • Sunday, 7/1, 2pm - Washington Park - As You Like It
  • Saturday, 7/7, 7pm - Director Park - Romeo and Juliet
  • Sunday, 7/8, 2pm - Irving Park - As You Like It
  • Thursday, 7/12, 7pm - Laurelhurst Park - Twelfe Night
  • Friday, 7/13, 7pm - Laurelhurst Park - A Midsommer Nights Dreame
  • Saturday, 7/14, 2pm - Laurelhurst Park - Much Adoe About Nothing
  • Saturday, 7/14, 7pm - Laurelhurst Park - Romeo and Juliet
  • Sunday, 7/15, 2pm - Laurlhurst Park - As You Like It
  • Friday, 7/20, 7pm - Marylhurst University - As You Like It
  • Saturday, 7/21, 12pm - Milepost 5 - As You Like It
  • Saturday, 7/21, 6pm - Carolwood Park, Beaverton - As You Like It
  • Saturday, 7/22, 1pm - Gabriel Park - A Midsommer Nights Dreame
  • Sunday, 7/22, 7pm - Milepost 5- Romeo and Juliet
  • Friday, 7/27, 7pm - Nehalem  - Romeo and Juliet
  • Saturday, 7/28, 1pm - Nehalem - As You Like It
  • Sunday, 8/5, 2pm - Lents Park - As You Like It
  • Sunday, 8/26, 1pm - Mt. Tabor Park - As You Like It

All performances are free! Further details about OpsFest and additional performances can be found on the website at www.opsfest.org.

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And in the latter part of the show, we'll hear a feature story about three mixed-race artists talking about how their combinations of races affects the mixed genres of their work.

We'll hear from musician Phillip Blanchett, visual artist Phyllis Fast, & performance poet Robert Karimi.

This originally aired as part of In The Mix: Conversations With Artists Between Races. Find out more atmixedraceworld.org.

And find out more about Loving Day which commemorates the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage on June 12th, 1967.

According to the Pew Research Center, about 15% of all new marriages in the United States are interracial (an all time high).

Over 9 million people selected "Two or More Races" according to the latest Census numbers, over 2 million more than in 2000. Find out more at lovingday.org.

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Bouand Dance Company + feature on Aina or love of land

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Tue, 05/29/2012

Dmae talked with Alex Ballard and Davy Brun of the Bouand Dance Company. This Portland company presents contemporary European classical dance. The company is gearing up for a new concert June 1 & 2 at BodVox Dance Center. And in the last part of the show, we hear about a Hawaiian youth who has a great love of ‘Aina or the land as he strives to carry on his family’s farming tradition.

Bouand Dance Company was founded in Portland in 2005 by director and choreographer Alexandrous Ballard. They perform in the tradition of European classical training with modern dance techniques. The group has had several successful collaborations with theater, film and video designers and musicians including Portland’s own 3 Leg Torso.

The company is currently working with Davy Brun (Lyon Opera Ballet) in creation of a new work. Bouand made its European debut and drew an enthusiastic response on Davy Brun’s home turf in Lyon, France last November and welcome the return of French choreographer Davy Brun and his company Ando Cie to Portland.

Brun and his dancers will stage the North American debut of Concursus, a dance that serves as one of the central works in Brun’s 2012 touring schedule. Concursus will be paired with Ballard’s Noesis/Noema in its first Portland performance with an all-professional cast. Alberta Ballet’s Yukichi Hattori rounds out the bill with a duet.

Performances are June 1st and 2nd at the Bodyvox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th Ave in Portland. Shows start at 7:30pm. For tickets, visit BrownPaperTickets.com.

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And in the latter part of the show, Dmae presents a feature story that originally aired on Latino USA.

Love of nature runs deep in Hawaiian culture but for centuries, agribusiness on the island has eroded knowledge of traditional foodways and farming practices.

At Lahinaluna  High School, a public Boarding School in Maui, Hawaii students like Nainoa Kaiama are reconnecting with the island’s past. Nainoa who is Hawaiian and Mexican comes from a long tradition of farming. His family has owned a ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii for more than 300 years. He came to this school to learn new techniques that will help carry on the tradition and the love of Aina or love for the land.

Hear this sound-rich personal story at the end of the show!

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Remembrance: On Time And Distance

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Mon, 04/30/2012

Join Dmae Roberts for a special radio memorial on the 10th anniversary of her mom's death. Remembrance: On Time And Distance is part memoir and a collection of radio pieces she's produced about the complex ties that bind a mother and daughter.

For Remembrance: On Time And Distance, Dmae presents excerpts from Mei Mei and The Journey of Lady Buddha. She recounts her weekend trip to Taiwan to rescue her mom when she fell ill and plays her piece Messages from the phone messages she saved while taking care of her mom in her final years.

Featured music from: Dave Pasche, Stephen Hoyt and special thanks to Aaron Meyer from his CDs Walk, Don't Walk and Near The Edge. Hear him at AaronMeyer.com.

Memoir excerpt: 10 Years and I still feel anger and pain. The seven stages of grief have long left me but these two emotions keep coming back.

Ten years ago my mom passed away from a recurrence of breast cancer. Three years before that her doctor left her in a hospital gown in a cold radiology room not knowing why she was there. She called me crying when I was two hours away by car and not able able to help her,

Six months before that I took a weekend flight to Taipei, Taiwan to bring her back after relatives I had never met emailed me saying she was sick.

Time and distance. They say that it heals all wounds. Who are they? These mysterious people who offer sayings with vague meanings. Does time heal? Is there ever a way to heal wounds completely that have been opened up over and again through a lifetime?

Time and distance are what separated my mom and me. She of another race, another generation, culture and language. Anger and Pain brought us together and drove our ambitions in life."

Please join Dmae for this personal show about a complex relationship, caregiving and healing.

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TriangleProductionsGracie_LindaHutchinsArt

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Tue, 04/24/2012

 With three books and a new musical called Gracie, Triangle Productions' Don Horn is making sure that Gracie Hansen won't be forgotten. Best known as the "Queen" of the '62 Seattle World's Fair, Hansen ran the Roaring 20's Room in Portland for five years, before taking a stab at running for governor of Oregon. We'll talk with Horn and Julianna Jaffe who's portraying Gracie Hansen. And in the latter part of the show we hear a sound piece from artist Linda Hutchins who's opening a new artshow performance at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.

At the age of 40, Gracie Hansen became the “Queen” of the ’62 Seattle World’s Fair. She set out to “save the Fair (to which it was billed as the Science Fair) from science.” She went on to run a 500 seat Las Vegas style show room in Portland Oregon for five years before turning her attention on the governorship of the State of Oregon. \

The musical GRACIE is an unusual story about a bored housewife in 1953 who helps a local PTA to raise money to buy playground equipment and begins a local “follies” type stage show. It ran for five years and was shut down because of  “some nudity on stage” caused by some local loggers.

Gracie Hansen then opened a pavilion at the ’62 World’s Fair after raising $90,000 (that’s $630,000 in today’s dollars). After the fair closed, Hansen came to Portland to run the Roaring 20’s Room at the Hoyt Hotel for seven years. In 1970 she became the first woman to run for Governor of Oregon. She came in third out of the eight candidates.

Julianna Jaffe plays Gracie Hansen; with a chorus of eight dancers and five band members. With book by: Donnie (Donald Horn) and music by various composers.

Performances are May 3rd -May 27th Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 7:30; Sunday @ 2 pm (no show May 6). Tickets: $15.00-$35.00 Call: 503-239-5919 or go towww.tripro.org to order. Triangle Productions is located at The Sanctuary located at Sandy Plaza 1785 NE Sandy Blvd.

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And in the last part of the show, we hear a sound piece from artist Linda Hutchins who is appearing with three other artists in Low Lives, an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted online and in real time at multiple venues in the U.S. and around the world.

Linda Hutchins will combine drawing and percussion in White Out, a performance that weaves repeated strokes of silver from ten thimble-clad finger into a rhythmic pattern on the walls. Immediately following the performance, Hutchins will re-paint the wall, erasing all traces of the work. Hutchins is a Portland-based artist with a background in textiles and computer engineering. She was awarded the Juror’s Prize for her wall drawing in the Tacoma Art Museum’s 2009 Northwest Biennial and has received national press coverage from American Craft, Fiberarts and Art in America. She is represented by Pulliam Gallery in Portland.

Low Lives presents works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performance practice through live online broadcasting networks. This year, PICA contributes three live, five-minute projects in a two-day festival with Austin Adkins, Linda Hutchins, and Robert Tyree.

Performances are April 27, 5:30–8:30pm and April 28, 1:00–3:00 pm at PICA, 415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300 in Portland. Visit http://www.lowlives.net/ for details on the streaming link.

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SNS41712-WellArtsPoems

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Tue, 04/17/2012

 Healing through art with Well Arts Institute, an 11-year-old nonprofit theatre that focuses on people with physical or mental illness and pairs them with actors to perform their stories. Dmae Roberts talks to Katy Liljeholm, artistic director of Well Arts  and actor Kristen Olson-Huddle about their 'Beautiful Minds' project. In the latter part of the show some Writers Read poetry on the theme of time and distance in honor of National Poetry Month. 

Well Arts has projects telling the stories of elders in Voices of Our Elders (with Hollywood Senior Center and Friendly House), veterans in Soldier’s Heart (with Portland Vet Center), nurses in Nurses’ Story Project, and a yearly writing workshop with former participants called Returning Heroes.

Well Arts current 'Beautiful Minds' project is with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington County Center to perform stories written about mental illness written by people living with mental illness in a production titled What’s Important is the Story.

Performances:

April 20- 7:30pm at Village Baptist Church 330 Murray Blvd Beaverton

April 21- 2pm at Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre 185 SE Washington Hillsboro.

April 27-7:30pm at Southminster Presbyterian Church 12250 SW Denney Rd Beaverton.

April 28 -2pm at Serendipity Playhouse 500 Washington Street Vancouver, Washington.

Tickets are $8 online at wellarts.org or call 503-459-4500. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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And in latter part of the show, some thoughts and poetry on the theme of time and distance with writers Laurence Overmire and Terri Lojacano share their poems for our Writer's Read segment. We'll also hear Dmae's sound poem about Time.

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Brother/Sister Plays + Brian Tierney Benefit

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Tue, 04/10/2012

Dmae Roberts talks with Portland Playhouse about three African American plays performed in repertory. Artistic director Brian Weaver and actors Bobby Bermea and Ramona Lisa Alexander join for The Brother/Sister Plays running in repertory till May 13. In the latter part of the show, we also hear about opera singer Brian Tierney who was shot on his way home from his job. Liz Bacon joins us to talk about a benefit concert on April 22nd to help his family mounting medical costs.

The first play is called IN THE RED and BRown Water (PART I)

Description: Oya runs -- fast enough to win a scholarship out of the projects. But then the grief of family and the spirits of the bayou tear up the path beneath her swift feet, threatening to pull her beneath the waters. How strong is the song of Oya’s run and can she outpace the call of fate?

Plays are presented in two parts in repertory:

THE BROTHERS SIZE (PART II)

Description: Orphaned in early childhood, Ogun and Oshoosi Size are inextricably bound. Always the responsible one, Ogun has borne the weight of his younger brother his entire life. Now, Os-hoosi’s out on parole and back home, floundering to find his way amidst dead ends. Ogun’s willing to give him one more chance, but Oshoosi has to escape his past, which, no matter how far he drives, is always close behind.

MARCUS: OR THE SECRET OF THE SWEET (PART II)

Description: A devastating storm’s heading to the bayou, and sixteen-year-old Marcus is haunted by a dream of pounding rain and an unidentifiable man – a dream his father once had and no one wants to hear. Marcus’s quest for its meaning takes him to the bayou’s darkness. The quest may cost him friendships and a mother’s love, but may 

Portland Playhouse presents...

THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Victor Mack. Cast includes Ramona Alexander, Bobby Bermea, Jennifer Lanier, Damian Thompson, Lava Alapai, Brian Jones, Salim Sanchez, Jonah Weston. Show runs through May 13Thursday–Sat 7:30pm; matinee Sundays at 2pm; Sat 4pm on some days. Tickets $12 - $23. Buy online at: www.portlandplayhouse.org Call the box office: (503) 205-0715. All shows are at the Old Church, 602 NE Prescott Street in Portland.

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In the latter part of the show, we hear about Brian Tierneywho was shot on March 28th on his way home on I-205 from his job as a choir director. Dmae talks with singer Liz Bacon of The Julians who fills us in on Tierney's progress and details about the benefit concert to help his family with mounting medical expenses.

The benefit concert for Brian Tierney with some of portland’s best classical singers is Sunday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm. The concert is at All Saints Catholic Church
located at 3847 NE Glisan street in Portland. For more info visit a a site dedicated to the concert.

 

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Hearing Voices Storytelling Fest & Camille Claudel Opera

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Tue, 04/03/2012

 Dmae Roberts features the 8th Annual Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival  in Hillsboro and talks with organizer Heather Waisanen and Oregon storyteller Leslie Slape. In the second part of the show, she features an opera based on the tragic life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her love affair with Rodin.

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts the 8th Annual Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival April 7 – 14. The festival features four professional storytellers: Tim Tingle (Canyon Lake, TX), Kirk Waller (Oakland, CA), Habiba Addo(Portland, OR and Ghana, West Africa) and Leslie Slape (Rainier, OR).

The week-long storytelling extravaganza features thirteen storytelling performances at the WCCLS member libraries, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro and the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains.

Leslie Slape has been storytelling since she was a little girl. When she had children of her own, she began telling tales professionally. She is equally at home in large and small venues, from festivals to the fireside. Her storytelling inspirations are far-ranging, from folktales to history and biography. She especially loves tales from Russia, where her grandfather was born.

See a schedule of events: http://www.wccls.org/voices

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Later in show, Dmae talks with Theresa Koon, creator of Promise, a new opera. She started working on it 16  years ago, and she found a childhood connection to the Claudels and met with the family for additional research.  Promise for four shows only – two at the historic Ainsworth House and Gardens in Oregon City; two at the Scottish Rite Center in Portland. The Libretto and Music are written by Theresa Koon, the work is directed by Kevin Yell and conducted by David Hattner.
 
Camille Claudel was a risk-taking artist in France who studied with the famous Rodin in Paris during the late 1800s. This operatic drama and movement hybrid travels through her life as a sculptor, lover, sister, daughter and the artist she became. Although most known for her progressive, sensual and autobiographic works, Claudel haunts history for destroying many of her own sculptures. Her life, and eventual unraveling, is threaded through her close relationship with her brother, the famous writer and diplomat, Paul Claudel. Theresa Koon’s passionate portrait paints Claudel’s tumultuous struggle with her family, her affair with Rodin and her burning inner conflict of whether or not to allow her creativity out in the world.
Promise Libretto and Music was written by Theresa Koon, directed by  Kevin Yell and conducted by David Hattner
 
Featured Artists include Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox, Jon Kolbet, Doug Webster, Stephen Guntli, Erika Little, Shannon Jones, Katie Krueger, Catherine Olson, Carrie Rambo and Musicians Erica Melton, Greg Ewer, Justin Kagan, Jerry Simas.
 
Performance Dates: April 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm – Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City. April 20 @ 7:30pm & April 22 @ 2pm Scottish Rite Center Theater, Portland
Tickets: $20 adults/$15 Students/Seniors atwww.boxofficetickets.com
 

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OSF's 'The White Snake' & representAsian

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Tue, 03/27/2012

 Tune in 11am Tues 3/27 on KBOO 90.7FM Host Dmae Roberts presents a Making Change special with six Asian American actors at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival currently performing in The White Snake, an original adaption of a beloved Chinese legend.

Dmae Roberts offers this backstage insight into the progress OSF has made in bringing more communties of color onto their stages. We'll hear the thoughts of  Amy Kim Waschke (White Snake), Tanya McBride (Green Snake) and ensemble cast members Cristofer Jean, Lisa Tejero, Ako, and Vin Kridakorn. They talked about what it was like to work on this original show as well as the challenges of being a working actor and finding good roles.

Hear  about the struggle for  'representAsian' on professional stages and the current decline of roles for Asian actors on Broadway. A recent report, Ethnic Representation on New York Stages: 2006/07 to 2010/11 Seasons,led to a series of roundtables with Asian American actors and NY theatres.

While the report states the percentage of Asian Americans on Broadway was 2% in 2011, OSF has hit an historic milestone in the 2012 season. According to OSF, 16% of the acting company are East Asian, Southeast, South and West Asian.

 

Don't miss this look behind the scenes of The White Snake and hear how OSF has been a leader of cultural change in theatre through non-traditional casting. 
 
'Making Change' is a series of specials and features on the intersection of creativity and social change. It's made possible by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and individual donors,

 

More about the play:

Created through collaborative rehearsals led by award-winning adapter/director Mary Zimmerman, and with a mostly Asian American cast, this production honors a story even multigenerational Asian Americans might not know. Many versions have been told and retold through several centuries including books, Chinese operas, even an American opera, as well as countless films and television shows.

White Snake falls in love and decides to stay in human form so she can wed Xu Xian. She then sets up a pharmacy business that becomes quite successful. So much so that a jealous monk, Fa Hai, (played by Jack Willis) decides to split up the couple. After all, it’s unnatural for a spirit and human to marry. In OSF’s version, White Snake (played by Amy Kim Waschke) travels down from her a mountain and befriends another spirit named Green Snake (played by Tanya McBride). They both decide to take human form to learn more about what it means to be human. They meet a young pharmacist’s assistant, Xu Xian (played by Christopher Livingston).

Death, resurrection and a tremendous water battle ensue and play out beautifully onstage.

The world premiere of The White Snake  adapted from the Chinese legend by Mary Zimmerman runs through July 8 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

Also running in the Spring are the uproariously funny Animal Crackers, a gritty pre-Alamo Western version of Romeo & Juliet and a new adaption of The Seagull.

To see a schedule of shows, visit OSFAshland.org.

LindaAustin & Portland Taiko

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 03/20/2012

Dmaew Roberts talks with premiere choreographer/dancer Linda Austin of Performance Works Northwest about her upcoming show A head of time. We’ll also hear from Portland Taiko about their upcoming concert.

Linda Austin’s A head of time brings together an accomplished ensemble of eight dancers  for a performance and installation (before the show) to sift together an unpredictable array of methodical, agile, detailed, and playfully awkward dance movement.  The set is comprised of 300 stacked blankets; video imagery; original and stolen text, and has a sound score by Seth Nehil.

More about Linda Austin:

Linda Austin, co-founder & director of Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, OR, has been making dance and performance since 1983. Her poetic, unconventionally witty, and rigorously conceived works arise from an ongoing fascination with the puzzle of the body’s awkward, lyrical and often accidental beauty. The resultant works have been performed in New York, Mexico City, Seattle and Portland, at venues such as the Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kitchen, On the Boards and PICA’s TBA Festival.

She’s received fellowships and grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission,  the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Movement Research, as well as through residencies at Djerassi and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. Her writing has appeared in The Movement Research Performance JournalTierra Adentro(Mexico), the literary journal FO A RM and a 2003 collection from MIT Press, Women, Art & Technology. Recent projects include the 2010 Paired Spectacular, an homage to dance pioneers Yvonne Rainer and Deborah Hay; the 2009 Bandage a Knife, a collaboration with Seth Nehil inspired by a Japanese cult noir film; and a 2008 site-specific dance at Portland’s Lovejoy Fountain as part of The City Dance of Anna & Lawrence Halprin, performed in the 2008 TBA Festival. An in-progress version of A head of time and a 6-week installation of this project was featured at The Art Gym in April 2011 as part of an exhibit devoted to the choreographic process titled Dance: before, after, during.

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Performance Works NorthWest || Linda Austin Dance presents

A head of time
a new ensemble work by Choreographer Linda Austin, collaborating with sound artist Seth Nehil, and dancers Philippe Bronchtein, Jin Camou, Catherine Egan, Keyon Gaskin, Esther LaPointe, Danielle Ross & Lucy Yim, with Lighting by Jeff Forbes. Performances are Friday and Saturday March 23 & 24 at 8pm, Sunday March 25 at 2pm and 7pm.  Doors open 30 min. before curtain for a walk-through of installation. All shows are located at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., Portland.

TICKETS: $12 before March 15 General admission $15-$20 sliding scale. For more info call: 503-777-1907 or visit online.

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In the latter part of show, we’ll check in with Michelle Fujii, artistic director of Portland Taikoabout their new concert Three: 3 Conversations With Taiko.

Fujii explores the taiko art form’s ability to speak to us individually and collectively. THREE weaves distinct forms of classical Japanese art Nihon Buyo, Koto and Shakuhachi into contemporary conversations with the drum.

This collaboration celebrates Michelle’s exploration of taiko as an active force that continues to evolve and inspire curiosity.

Nihon Buyo is the art form of traditional Japanese dance, vibrant today with a history of nearly four centuries.  The Koto (13 string plucked zither) and Shakuhachi (flute held vertically like a recorder) are instruments seemingly unchanged over the ages that continue to reveal new possibilities.

Tickets on sale through the PCPA Box Office & all Ticketmaster outlets. $20.25- $11.25 Students and Seniors save 10% off regular adult prices. Members save 10%, order direct from Portland Taiko, and pay no handling charges! Tickets available through the PCPA Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations for non-members.

Join more conversations! 
Pre-performance discussion Sunday March 25 @ 1 pm
Moderated by: Larry Kominz, Professor of Japanese at PSU and member of the Japan Society of New York’s performing arts advisory committee.

 

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