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

Opal Whiteley

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Mystery of Opal Whiteley documentary about Oregon woman who caused an historic controversy.
Dmae Roberts presents Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley, a half-hour documentary on Opal Whiteley, of a young woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon who became the center of an international controversy.

In 1920 she published a childhood diary about her time in the woods and her love of nature. The Story of Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Soul” was the #2 bestseller that year, following Sinclair Lewis’ “Mainstreet.” The diary became wildly popular and then was later condemned as a hoax.

A Circus Carol

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Wanderlust Circus & 3 Leg Torso create original musical adapation of Dickens' classic tale.
Sometimes you just want Scrooge to sing and all the characters to do acrobatics.

Rethinking Holiday Shows

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Artists Repertory Theatre's 'Xmas Unplugged' & Triangle Productions' 'American Fiesta'

Finding holiday fare to produce in a theatre season can be a difficult task. A theatre can only do so many Charles Dickens and Christmas movie adaptations before looking for more offbeat choices. Dmae focuses on two plays that are wildly different from each other: Artists Repertory Theatre's Xmas Unplugged directed by Louanne Moldovan and Rusty Tennant and Triangle Productions' American Fiesta directed by Donald Horn. Find out about these shows and win tickets during the live broadcast.Photos for Artists Rep by Owen Carey.

Christmas Revels +OSF

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Christmas Revels + OSF goes to Broadway
For 19 years, Portland Revels has brought a festive blend of folklore, music, dance and cultural traditions all year long to culminate in the spectacle production of Christmas Revels (Dec. 6-15). Join Dmae for a talk and live concert with executive director Debby Garman, Vagabond Opera's Eric Stern and director Bruce Hostetler. We'll hear tales and accordion music.

Filmmaker Penny Allen

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Filmmaker Penny Allen and her feature "Late for My Mother's Funeral"
Host S.W. Conser brings this profile of filmmaker Penny Allen.

PDXStoryTheatre + Liminal

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland Story Theater's Singlehandedly & Liminal Theatre's Our Town
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The power of a great story. Dmae Roberts talks with Portland Story Theater about their New Works Solo series, Singlehandedly, with co-founder Lynne Duddy and guest artist Denis Gessing. Then we'll hear about the enduring legacy of Thorton Wilder's Our Town. John Berendzen tells us about Liminal's multimedia 2.0 version of the classic play.(Featured music by Aaron Meyer.

Grimm Actors

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/12/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Hit TV show Grimm brings work to Portland actors and helps local economy
What's it like to be a Wesen or a Hexenbiest? For the last two years, many area actors have found work on NBC's hit show Grimm.  A cop drama inspired by a twisted version of Grimm's Fairy Tales, the television show has brought work to actors, designers and crew throughout the Portland area. Dmae talks with two Portland actors Danny Bruno and Mary McDonald-Lewis who have had recurring roles on the show that has brought them national attention.

Jamie Ford

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/05/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jamie Ford: Songs of Willow Frost
Dmae Roberts talks to New York Times bestseller list author Jamie Ford about his newest book Songs of Willow Frost. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two people—a  12-year-old Chinese-American boy with dreams for his future and a woman he believes to be his mother who is escaping her haunted past.

Margaret Cho

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 10/29/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Margaret Cho: Comedienne, Actress & Singer

Dmae Roberts talks with Emmy & Grammy- nominated comedian and actress, Margaret Cho who's coming to Portland Nov. 15th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Theatre Vertigo's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde + preview of Jamie Ford, author of "Songs of Willow Frost"

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Membership Drive edition with Theatre Vertigo & author Jamie Ford

On this membership drive edition of Stage & Studio, guest host S.W. Conser talks with director Bobby Bermea and actors Karen Wennstrom and Tom Mounsey all from Theatre Vertigo's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. We'll be offerig tickets for thank you gifts as well as tickets for Milagro Theatre's season. Dmae will also present a preview of her interview with NY Times Bestseller List author Jamie Ford and a signed copy of his newest book "Songs of Willow Frost."

More about the play: Theatre Vertigo Presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Adapted By Jeffrey Hatcher

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"Goodnight Moon" at NWCT and People Speak Out about Arts

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Stage and Studio
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Mon, 03/23/2009

Dmae Roberts talks with Sarah Jane Hardy, director for  Northwest Children's Theatre's production of "Goodnight, Moon" a new musical based on the classic children's bedtime poem.  Also featured are actors Lea Zawada and Aiden Jung who sing a duet from the musical.

And in the second half of the show, we talk with people on the street about the value of art and arts funding with a special feature by Frank Reynolds.  To find out more about arts funding crisis in the Portland tri-counties visit RACC.org and TheArtsCan.org

 

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IFCC budget cuts and Bodyvox Foot Opera Files

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 03/17/2009

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Adrienne Flagg, creative director, and Kimberly Howard, managing director, of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center about the proposed withdrawal of funding by Portland Parks and Rec after 26 years.  Find out how a potential loss of 30 percent might affect the future of the IFCC.  

And in the second part of the show, Jamey Hampton of Bodvox talks about the fun and mysterious Foot Opera Files.

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SNS Women's History Month Special

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Tue, 03/10/2009

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts presents a special Women's History Month edition of Stage and Studio.  A few weeks ago Dmae posted a notice on the Stage and Studio Facebook page asking women who wanted to read their own work or that of a famous woman. Five women responded on Facebook right away and Dmae put them on the air!    Kathleen Lewis (middle), Cynthia McGean, Brenda Phillip  (right), Adrienne Fritz (left) and Sandra de Helen.

 

 

 

Oregon Children's Theatre

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Stage and Studio
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Mon, 03/02/2009

Frank Reynolds speaks with the Oregon Children's Theatre's managing director Ross McKeen and artistic director Stan Foote about their new play, "Honus & Me," and how the company is coping with the economic downturn.

NW Classical Theatre, Oregon Children's Theatre and Blue Monkey Theatre

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Stage and Studio
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Mon, 03/02/2009

 Stage and Studio with Dmae Roberts takes a look at three different theatre companies in Portland.  First up, Dmae talks with Grant Turner of Northwest Classical Theatre Company.  Then Frank Reynolds has a feature report on the economic health of Oregon Children's Theatre currently running "Honus and Me" and in the final segment, Dmae finds out about "Bare--the Pop Opera" with director John Monteverde.

  

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Chris Coleman unveils Portland Center Stage season and talks "Earnest"

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 02/24/2009

Dmae Roberts talks with Chris Coleman, artistic director of Portland Center Stage for the last nine years.  

Coleman tells us what he’s most proud of, where PCS is headed and unveils the new season.  He also talks about Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and describes the bite and humor of the play about social mores. 

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Whitebird Dance and Arts Econ Stimulus package

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 02/17/2009

Dmae Roberts talks with the founders of Whitebird Dance, Walter Jaffe and Paul King join us to fill us in on the rest of the season including the Trey Mcintire Project.

Walter Jaffe and Paul King Whitebird DanceAnd in the second half of the show we have another feature story from Frank Reynolds about the economic health of Oregon arts…. Frank talked with two leading arts funders, Eloise Damrasch of the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Christine D’arcy of the Oregon Arts Commission, to find out how arts organizations will fit into the new economic stimulus bill.

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Oregon arts and the economic stimulus

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Stage and Studio
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Mon, 02/16/2009

President Obama will sign the final version of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law today, a major milestone in his early presidency. The bill includes $50 million in direct funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Yet the fate of this funding was far from secure during the final days of deliberation in the House and Senate last week.  KBOO’s Frank Reynolds spoke with Eloise Damrosch, executive director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Chris D’Arcy, director of the Oregon Arts Commission, about the arts funding in the bill and what it means for arts organizations going forward.

Cascade Festival of African Film

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Stage and Studio
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Mon, 02/09/2009

Now until March 7, theaters around Portland are screening dozens of feature and documentary films by directors from throughout Africa as part of the 19th annual Cascade Festival of African Film. The longest-running of its kind, the Portland Community College-sponsored festival coincides with both Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

In the festival’s centerpiece film, Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation, director Charles Burnett portrays Namibia’s difficult battle against apartheid-era South Africa, a decades-long fight that finally resulted in Namibia’s independence in 1990. The film is one of 22 screening at this year’s festival, and though the story is likely to be an unfamiliar one to most Americans, festival organizer Wiley Barnett says this is precisely the point.

“It’s more than just entertainment,” says Barnett. “Our idea was not only to enjoy a film that was well made and well done, but also to make it an educational experience.” To that end, the festival features a talk-back with Burnett following the February 20 screening of Namibia at Hollywood Theatre. According to Barnett, the films conclude with “a little dialogue time where we can get people’s reactions and impressions, people can raise questions about what they didn’t quite understand – some cultural phenomenon from Guinea or Burkina Faso – so they can begin to understand a little more.”

Barnett says the variety of films represented at the festival reflects the great cultural and political diversity of Africa itself, a diversity often overlooked in American representations of the continent. According to Barnett, the human feel of film as a medium is uniquely suited to opening minds to a continent too frequently reduced to one homogenous block in American media. Barnett says the films provide much-needed insights into distinctively African topics, not from “the point of view of what an American would think about it, but what an African person from Liberia or Nigeria would think about it and make a movie about it.”

According to festival co-director Mary Holmström, the festival’s many documentaries are on “such a variety of subjects, from Taarab music in Zanzibar to a very interesting documentary about Cuba’s involvement in the African liberation movement.” Iron Ladies of Liberia, about Africa’s first elected female head of state, and FESPACO, about the largest pan-African film festival in the world, are two more documentaries that provide new perspectives into the culture and politics of the continent.

The festival’s greatest strength, however, remains the sense of community it fosters. According to Holmström, “people can feel a part of it and feel as if they’re contributing to it in a variety of ways, and because it brings also a great diversity of people to the festival, it’s a real opportunity to connect with each other.”

All 22 films of this volunteer-run festival are free and open to the public. Films are playing on the Pacific Community College Cascade campus, at McMenamin’s Kennedy School and at Hollywood Theatre.

For more information, visit africanfilmfestival.org.
 

"Perfection" and "Facets of Africa" at IFCC +Cascade Fest of African Film

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Stage and Studio
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Mon, 02/09/2009
Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Drammy-award-winning Actor/Director Brenda Phillips about "Perfection" by Helen Hill.  Joined by her actors Josh Bellville and Andrea White, we learn about the little known history of forced sterilizations in Oregon.  Also Adrienne Flagg tells about the "Facets of Africa" family shows at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC).  Also a feature story by Frank Reynolds about the Cascade Festival of African Film.

 

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