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 12/28/10

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 12/28/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dmae Roberts presents an end-of-the-year special

End the year with the best of Stage and Studio of 2010 on December 28th at 11 am on KBOO 90.7. Host and producer Dmae Roberts presents a special end-of-year show with features on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Allen Nause & Artists Repertory Theatre, and Eugene Ballet.  These three performing arts groups have withstood the test of time and have survived, thrived and excelled in their art for decades.

Stage and Studio on 12/21/10

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Tue, 12/21/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dmae Roberts shares an encore broadcast of her documentary on the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology

On December 21st at 11am on KBOO 90.7FM, Dmae Roberts presents her Oregon Treasures documentary on Sitka Center for Art and Ecology which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. This special also features Kim Stafford, veteran writer and teacher who has taught many workshops at Sitka.

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.

Stage and Studio on 12/14/10

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Tue, 12/14/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dmae Roberts presents an encore broadcast of her profile of author Molly Gloss

Host and producer Dmae Roberts presents an encore broadcast of her Oregon Treasures profile of Portland novelist Molly Gloss on December 14th at 11 am. Gloss’ books have shed light on untold stories of women in the American West.

Stage and Studio on 12/07/10

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Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Oregon Treasures special on Ursula K. Le Guin

Producer Dmae Roberts presents an encore broadcast of her documentary profile of legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin. The author of 40 plus books, Le Guin is a much gifted and prolific writer much loved by fans around the world. And in this half hour Oregon Treasures special on December 7th at 11am on KBOO 90.7 FM, Le Guin shares thoughts about her work and the Oregon landscapes that have inspired her.

Stage and Studio on 11/30/10

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Tue, 11/30/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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How the Alutiiq people got their artwork back

On November 30th at 11am on Stage & Studio on KBOO 90.7FM , Dmae Roberts presents a half-hour version of Coming Home: Return of the Alutiiq Masks, a one-hour radio documentary that interweaves oral history interviews, Alutiiq music and soundscapes. This full-length documentary originally aired in 2008 on about 188 public radio stations around the country.

Stage and Studio on 11/23/10

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Tue, 11/23/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Wendy Westerwelle as legendary Sophie Tucker

 Join Dmae Roberts November 23rd 11am on KBOO 90.7 FM for a rousing talk with Portland Icon Wendy Westerwelle and Producer/Playwright Don Horn.  Triangle Productions is remounting “Soph: An Evening with the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas” - Westerwelle's hit show in Portland and Los Angeles. 

Stage and Studio on 11/23/10

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/23/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Wendy Westerwelle as legendary Sophie Tucker

 Join Dmae Roberts November 23rd 11am on KBOO 90.7 FM for a rousing talk with Portland Icon Wendy Westerwelle and Producer/Playwright Don Horn.  Triangle Productions is remounting “Soph: An Evening with the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas” - Westerwelle's hit show in Portland and Los Angeles. 

Stage and Studio on 11/16/10

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Tue, 11/16/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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PHAME Academy for developmentally challenged adults

At PHAME Academy, talent rules. Dmae Roberts talks to Stephen Marc Beaudoin, interim excecutive director of PHAME on November 16th. We'll hear about this academy that provides classes and performing opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. PHAME offers varied classes in music, theatre, visual arts and creative writing in Portland. 

Stage and Studio on 11/09/10

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/09/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals

Dmae Roberts highlights the  Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals about to open at the Oregon Historical Society. Find out about the long and often overlooked history of African American murals. And in the latter part of the show, Producer Tali Singer has an audio arts piece of a young woman converting to Islam.

 

Stage and Studio on 11/02/10

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/02/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ursula K. Le Guin "Out Here"

How do you interview someone you've admired for decades? Producer Dmae Roberts recently found out when she got to interview legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin for the second time. The author of 40 plus books, Le Guin is a much gifted and prolific writer much loved by fans around the world. And in this half hour Oregon Treasures special on Nov. 2nd at 11am,, Le Guin shares thoughts about her work and the Oregon landscapes that have inspired her.

(photo left: Ursula K. Le Guin -Photo: Richard Jensen)

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fEARnoMUSIC and Sakura Festival

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Tue, 04/05/2011

 

Host/producer Dmae Roberts features the Portland premiere of The Juliet Lettersby fEARnoMUSIC, a 21st century classical ensemble.  Dmae talks with three ensemble members: violinist Paloma Griffin, singer Holcombe Waller, and cellist Nancy Ives. We'll hear music from the group and clips from The Juliet Letters. We'll also hear about their Young Composers Project and future events. And later in the show, Dmae takes us to the Sakura Festival.

Photo credit: Alica Rose

(clockwise) Angela Niederloh, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Leah Yorkston & Holcombe Waller

fEARnoMUSIC presents the Portland premiere of  The Juliet Letters in collaboration with four talented Portland singers: Leah Yorkston, Holcombe Waller, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, and Angela Niederloh. The Juliet Letters is a song cycle Elvis Costello developed with the Brodsky String Quartet, a British quartet that has worked with Bjork, Paul McCartney and other pop musicians in addition to performing standard classical quartets.  The cycle is based on imaginary correspondence between a Veronese academic and people who wrote letters to Shakespeare's most famous heroine, Juliet Capulet. In “The Juliet Letters,” Costello and the members of the quartet crafted a series of dramatic songs and ballads, in which characters of varying ages and degrees of sanity tell stories of love, death, and betrayal, based on the letters.  Shakespeare’s dramatic heroine serves as a metaphor for the disillusionment that they all experience in some way or another.

Fear No Music ensemble/ Photo credit: Alicia Rose

 

The performance takes place Tuesday, April 12, 8pm, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukee Avenue, Portland. You can purchase tickets fromTicketmaster or the Aladdin Theater.

Sakura Festival 

Later in the show, Dmae brings us sounds from the first annual Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival. This year the event is benefiting disaster relief in Japan. Click here to learn more and hear the piece by itself.

You can also  hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Richmond Elementary students at the Saukra Fest 

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And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Tue, 03/29/2011

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts features the Portland Playhouse production of August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. We'll be talking to Portland Playhouse's Kevin Jones, director,and actors Julianne Johnson and Wendell Wright. Dmae also checks in Mari Watanabe of Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center about their Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival event April 3rd at noon to help  raise funds for disaster relief in Japan.

(Pictured left, Julianne Johnson, photo credit: Aaron Lee )

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by famed African American playwright August Wilson is based on the real life Gertrude Pridgett, better known as Ma Rainey(April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939).


Gertrude Pridgett Rainey known as Ma Rainey.

Wilson's play takes place in 1927 Chicago, at the beginning of the Black Renaissance.  At a recording studio in the heart of the city a group of musicians and a record producer anxiously await the entrance of legendary blues singer Ma Rainey, known both for her music and her attitude. By the time Ma Rainey does arrive, the tension between the musicians has escalated to a fiery battle of wills. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the third chapter in August Wilson’s ten-play "Century Cycle" that chronicles the lives of African-Americans through the twentieth century.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom runs April 6 - May 1 at the Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St. For more information or to buy tickets, go to the Portland Playhouse website. You can also buy tickets by calling 503-488-5822.


Mari Watanabe

Also in the show, Dmae checks in again with Mari Watanabe of the Oregon Nikkei Center. Since the devastating earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disaster in Japan, the center has been collaborating with Mercy Corps and other local organizations to provide aid. She'll also detail more Japan benefits including the Sakura Festival at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (Couch & Naito Parkway) event on April 3rd at noon to 3pm.

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

Miracle Theatre, WR4 & Thoughts for Japan

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Tue, 03/22/2011

Dmae Roberts features Miracle Theatre's Boomcracklefly, a world premiere play by Charisse Castro Smith and directed by Olga Sanchez. Also this week  we have our fourth Writers Read segment with Ruby Murray from Puget Island, WA. And finally, we'll hear about Oregon Nikkei Legacy Centerand Portland Taiko benefits to help Japan's disaster survivors.

First up Dmae talks with Olga Sanchez, artistic director/director and actor Emily Gleason from Miracle Theatre.


Emily Gleason & Olga Sanchez

Boomcracklefly features a female impersonator in New York who falls in love with a a revolutionary  scientist  while  two acrobat sisters in Key West encounter  the ghost of Ernest Hemingway.

Meanwhile an architect in Havanna builds wings to fly away from his pregnant wife. These three worlds collide in this original play blending science fiction with magical realism.

This is a world premiere play by a young playwright who is graduating from the Yale School of Drama. Hear Emily Gleason perform an excerpt from the poetic script.

The show runs March 25-April 16 at Miracle Theatre at 525 SE Stark Street in Portland.


Ruby Murray

In our fourth Writers Read segment, we'll hear from Ruby Murray, a writer and photographer who lives in the Columbia River estuary. She is an enrolled Osage Indian, whose work focuses on people finding home within multiple cultures. She’s come to know the River and its history through her 1st generation Norwegian-American husband. A poem and photo-essay reflecting life on the Lower River was published in American Ghost, edited by Lillien Waller for Stockport Flats, 2011.


Mari Watanabe

And in the final portion of the show,we hear from Mari Watanabe, executive director of Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center about their how they've changed their focus on the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (Couch & Naito Parkway) event on April 3rd at 3pm to help  raise funds for disaster relief in Japan.  We'll also learn about Portland Taiko's benefit March 22nd at 7pm at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall.

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

Actor Peter Macon at OSF and Filmmaker Brian Lindstrom

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 03/15/2011

 

In this edition of Stage & Studio Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Actor Peter Macon, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And producer Macon Reed presents a feature about Filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, the debut story in the "Pushing Boundaries" series.

Peter Macon
Peter Macon in To Kill a Mockingbird at OSF

Peter Macon has been acting with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2008. He's portrayedOthello and his favorite role Macbeth. This season he's in The African Company Presents Richard III, but currently he's portraying Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird--the show has already been sold out for months. Macon and Roberts discuss the racial issues that the play raises. Of Tom's relationship with Mayella, the white woman Tom is accused of raping, Macon says, "by virtue of them being friends, they're breaking the law of the South in a such a profound way. But it needed to be broken." Macon also shares a bit of his family history. His great-grandfather married a white woman in Alabama and both were chased out of town on horseback. Macon describes how that history impacted his portrayal of Tom Robinson.

Brian Lindstrom

In the second part of the show: Filmmaker Brian Lindstrom who makes films about people he says we put an ex through: ex-cons, people with long histories of drug addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. He uses his films to start conversations because he believes that when we witness another’s story, we can become invested in their lives. Lindstrom is currently working on Alien Boy, a documentary about Jim Chasse, whose death in the custody of Portland law enforcement officers in 2006 caused an outcry about civil rights and interactions between police and the mentally ill. 

Portait of Jim Chasse for "Alien Boy" 

Producer Macon Reed speaks withLindstrom about Alien Boy in the debut of a new, year-long Stage and Studio series called “Pushing Boundaries,” that profiles artists and organizations pushing physical, emotional, and artistic boundaries in their work.

This series is funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Macon Reed is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she studied radio documentary production. She recently came back to Oregon after traveling throughout the country with her students as a documentary instructor at the Brown Ledge Gap Year Program.

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

 

 

 

Pushing Boundaries: Filmmaker Brian Lindstrom

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Tue, 03/15/2011

Producer Macon Reed worked with Dmae Roberts on a feature about Filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, the debut story in the "Pushing Boundaries" series.


Brian Lindstrom

Filmmaker Brian Lindstrom who makes films about people he says we put an ex through: ex-cons, people with long histories of drug addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. He uses his films to start conversations because he believes that when we witness another’s story, we can become invested in their lives. Lindstrom is currently working on Alien Boy, a documentary about Jim Chasse, whose death in the custody of Portland law enforcement officers in 2006 caused an outcry about civil rights and interactions between police and the mentally ill. You can learn more about Chasse's story and see a photo from the arrest here.

Producer Macon Reed speaks with Lindstrom about Alien Boy. Reed worked as a production intern for a new, year-long Stage and Studio series called Pushing Boundaries that profiles artists and organizations pushing physical, emotional, and artistic boundaries in their work. This is the debut piece of the series.

Pushing Boundaries is funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


Macon Reed

Macon Reed is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she studied radio documentary production. She recently came back to Oregon after traveling throughout the country with her students as a documentary instructor at the Brown Ledge Gap Year Program.

Click here for the full episode.

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

For more info on James Chasse :

http://jameschasse.blogspot.com/

More info on police statistics:

http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=44653&a=165909

Secret Asian Woman

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 03/08/2011

Tune in Tuesday March 8th at 11am on KBOO 90.7FM for Secret Asian Woman, a half-hour personal exploration of identity and Mixed Race by Independent Producer Dmae Roberts. Through her personal story, Dmae charts four decades of a search by multiracial peoples for a name. The politics of calling out racism has changed through the years as has identification. In this half-hour  documentary, Dmae talks with other Mixed Race Asian women with identities not easily recognized and addresses with humor the complexities involved in even discussing race.

Tune into Stage & Studio for this special encore broadcast of Secret Asian Woman on KBOO at 11 am, Tuesday, March 8. You can hear KBOO's live stream by clicking the button on the right, or listen on the radio at 90.7 FM in Portland.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

Secret Asian Woman was produced by Dmae Roberts, with editorial consultation by Catherine Stifter and damali ayo. Original music by Clark Salisbury. Additional music by Teresa Enrico and Portland Taiko. Interviews with Velina Hasu Houston, Rainjita Yang Geesler, Julie Thi Underhill and Patti Duncan. Funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council Individual Artist program. You can learn more by going to Dmae Roberts' website.

Future of Web Series

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 03/01/2011

 

Harold Phillips & Micki Selvitella

Dmae Roberts explores the growing landscape of the web series via an actor, director and producer working on three different projects. Actor Harold Philips and Director Micki Selvitella, both theatre artists, will tell us what it's like to work on web series in Portland. Then Ryan Copple, co-creator of SyFy.com's Riese: Kingdom Falling will share his experiences working on one of the most successful web series that received 1.2 million streams in two months. 

Harold Phillips "Animus_Cross" w/DP Andy Batt, Leslie Garbett, Jerry Buxbaum & Writer/Dir AL Steen

 

Harold Phillips is a long-time Portland stage and film actor . He  has appeared in several web-based entertainment projects, including Lady Wasteland, Animus Cross, Vicky Vixen, the interactive movie The Outbreak motion comic Y-Me. He's involved with several online projects at various stages of development, including Born Hero currently in production) The Episodic Adventures of Dex Dixon - currently in development) and Vicky Vixen . 

'F22" starring Mandy Stefanczak

 

Micki Selvitella has directed many productions in Portland theatres.When a college friend pitched her an idea for a web series pilot, she was intrigued. Selvitella directed and was head writer of the first episode ofF22.  F22 is an action/suspense sci-fi series that focuses on a young photographer who's been told her parents died in a car crash. Years later, she's given some old footage showing her parents were killed by a shadowy government agency.

Ryan Copple of 'Riese' 

Ryan Copple is a Vancouver, BC writer, editor and co-creator (with Kaleena Kiff) of the award-winning steam-punk digital series Riese narrated by Sanctuary and Stargate SG1star Amanda Tapping. The series began as an indie online series and then was picked up for season 2 by the SyFy Channel to run online last fall. The series featured actors from many well-known television series.Riese was so successful that SyFy ordered another indie online web series called Mercury Men.

We'll find out if web series are the new way for television and film projects to get their foot into the door of network and cable channels.  Join us for a fun talk about the broadening creative world of the digital series.

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

 

Ryan Copple: "Riese" And Beyond

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 03/01/2011

 

Host Dmae Roberts talks with Ryan Copple is a Vancouver, BC writer, editor and co-creator (with Kaleena Kiff) of the award-winning steam-punk digital series Riese narrated bySanctuaryand Stargate SG1 star Amanda Tapping. The series began as an indie online series and then was picked up for season 2 by the SyFy Channel to run online last fall. The series featured actors from many well-known television series.Riese granered 1.2 million streams and was so successful that SyFy ordered another indie online web series called Mercury Men.

 


Ryan Copple

 

Highlights from Copple's interview on Stage & Studio:

- It is now easier than ever before for artists to distribute their work. Anyone can upload videos to sites like YouTube or Vimeo.

- Web series are shot with small screens in mind. But that doesn't mean skimping on quality. Ryan Copple and the rest of the team behind Riese say: "We never wanted to be good enough for the web. We just wanted to be good."

- Copple talks about some new projects and irons in the fire after the success of Riese and details the international launch of the series.

 


RIESE: KINGDOM FALLING Pictured: (l-r) Christine Chatelain as Riese, Fenrir, Sharon Taylor as Amara, Patrick Gilmore Trennan -- Photo by: Syfy

 

- New media is interactive and multi-platformed. Before Riese was launched, the creators released an alternate-reality game that set up the story.

- One of the best things about the future of the web series: creative freedom. "Don't be afraid to get your story out there," Copple says, "That's the beauty of the web, is you can just tell whatever you want to tell."

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

 

Kid Simple and Writers Read 3

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Tue, 02/22/2011

Dmae brings us Jordan Harrison's "Kid Simple: A Radio Play In The Flesh" directed by Tom Moorman, Sarah McGregor and JR Wickman at Coho Productions which runs through March 26th. We also hear the third installment of the Writers Read series which focuses on Northwest writers. This Writers Read features Poet A. Molotkov from Portland. This show aired February 22nd at 11am on KBOO 90.7FM and online at StageandStudio.org!

"Kid Simple" is described as a quirky surreal fantasy involving a high school inventor of a machine that picks up hidden sounds.

This makes the second play penned by Jordan Harrison to be running in Portland at the same time. "Futura" at Portland Center Stage opened early in February and ends March 27th.  Harrison is currently in production at the prestigious Human Festival in Louisville.

In this interview, Actors McGregor and Wickham describe their character's motivations and desires.

Tom Moorman talks about the benefits of collaboration on a technically rich show that mixes and speculative fiction/magical realism. We hear about his designers including James Crino's costume design, live sound foley and intricate sound design by Scotty Iseri.

We also learn about the challenges of self-production and about the cooperation between theatre companies in Portland.

"Kid Simple" runs till March 26, Thurs-Sat@8; Sun@2pm. Tickets: $25 or $20 for students, educators & 60+ and it's Pay-What-You-Can on Thursdays!

And we'll also debut Writers Read 3 featuring A. Molotkov, a Russian poet reading his poem "Say Me With A Dry Leaf." Find out how you can submit your own Writers Read segment. Submissions are open during 2011!

A. Molotkov is a writer, composer, etc., and a co-founder of the Inflectionist poetry movement (Inflectionism.com).  He is the author of several novels, short story and poetry collections and the winner of the 2010 New Millennium Writings and the 2008 E. M. Koeppel Awards for fiction, nominated for a Pushcart.  Molotkov’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 20 publications, both in print and online.  In 2010, he spearheaded a poetry and music performance “Love Outlives Us”.  He often reads at a variety of Portland venues.

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

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the official Stage and Studio website

Thara Memory and S. Renee Mitchell

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Tue, 02/15/2011

Dmae talks with Portland Jazz great Thara Memory and Librettist S. Renee Mitchell about Sherman: A Jazz Opera opening at Ethos-IFCC during Black History Month. Sherman highlights Portland's jazz history during the 1940s-50s, a high point of jazz when a growth of African American families moved into the North Williams Ave.

We learn about some of the hidden history of Portland's jazz scene and the African American musicians who made the music. According to Thara Memory, much of that history is being lost daily as older musicians pass away and their history is ignored. "Sherman: A Jazz Opera" is perhaps the only actual jazz opera in America and it works to remember the legacy of Portland's greatest music makers.

Thara Memory has been working for a couple decades on the music for this show that centers on Sherman Thomas a gifted saxophonist who mesmerized audiences in smoky jazz clubs at a time when the African Americans during WWII came to Portland to build war ships and also brought their East Coast music dubbing North Williams Avenue, the "Black Broadway."

S. Renee Mitchell is an award-winning former newspaper journalist nominated for the Pulitzer twie. She brings her taleents as performer, singer, poet and playwright to create the libretto for this true African American opera.

Performing Thara Memory's score in Sherman: A Jazz Opera are some of Portland's best musicans including Janice Scroggins, Reggie Houston and La Rhonda Steele. '

The show runs February 18-27 at Ethos @ IFCC located at 5340 N. Interstate Ave. in Portland. Donations are sought for a larger production due in 2012. Contact Ms. Mitchell for further details.

You can hear Stage & Studio at the KBOO website or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

 

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