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

Simon Tam and The Slants

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
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

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

Featured music: Parfait Bassale at ParfaitOnline.com.

Moh Alileche

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

Mei Mei

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

More Shakespeare!

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

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

Jaw Playwrights Festival

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

A Tale of Two Shakespeare Plays

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

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

Conduit Turns 20!

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

45 years of Portland Actor's Ensemble

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

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

PHAME Turns 30

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

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

PHAME EVENTS include: 

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

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Portland International Film Festival and Writers Read

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 02/08/2011

Travel the world in 16 days through the Portland International Film Festival. Now in it's 34th year, PIFF draws more than 35,000 people each year to several venues in Portland to watch more than 100 films from all over the globe. Host Dmae Roberts talks with Bill Foster, executive director of the Northwest Film Center who puts the festival together each year.

About a dozen films will be reviewed and highlighted in this segment of Stage & Studio. Some of the films discussed include:

Incendies (Canada), an Oscar-nominated film about a pair of twins who travel back to Lebanon to uncover their mother's tragic history (photo featured above).

Of Gods and Men

Of Gods and Men (France), portrayal of brotherhood among monks during the Algerian Civil War in the 1990s.

Certified Copy (France) featuring Juliet Binoche in an exploration of relationships and art in the Tuscany countryside.

Some Days Are Better Than Others (US) Filmed in Portland with Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), this drama follows the stories of three low-income and under-employed people finding their way.

Certified Copy

Sawako Decides (Japan), a coming-of-age tale of a temp worker returns to her hometown when her dad becomes ill.

Circo (Mexico) cinematic road movie of a small traveling circus.

Barbershop Punk (US), documentary about an engineer in Hillsboro, OR whose discovery about Comcast's internet blocking led to the fight for net neutrality.

Sawako Decides

Tune in for this sneak peak at a world of films at the Portland International Film Festival.

Plus on this show....

We'll hear our second Writers Read segment ...this time from Tracy Burkholder of Portland who gives us two-minutes from her novel-in-progress You Can Go. Please Stay.

Tracy Burkholder

Burkholder has an MFA from Bennington College and has been published in The Portland Review, Silk Road and Pacific Review.

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Bridge of the Gods

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 02/01/2011

Host Dmae Roberts presents a membership edition of Stage & Studio featuring Native American Storyteller Ed Edmo from Tears of Joy Theatre's "Bridge of the Gods." This play tells the tale of the legendary Klickatat version of the fight between two chieftain brothers that caused the great land bridge in the Columbia Gorge to fall. In this program, Edmo tells the story of the Bridge of the Gods and shares some of his poetry, including his poem, "Indian Education Blues".

Ed Edmo talks about the importance of learning about different cultures and keeping stories alive. "I get the question all the time, 'Are these stories real?'" he says, "I do believe them. If I didn't, I wouldn't be storytelling."

"Bridge of the Gods" is written by Ed Edmo featuring poetry by Elizabeth Woody and designed by Lillian Pitt. The show runs Friday Feb. 4th through 13th.

 Nancy Aldrich & Ed Edmo

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Threads, Writers Read, and Chinese New Year

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 01/25/2011

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts continues coverage of the Fertile Ground festival of new work with Tonya Jone Miller and her solo show "Threads: The True Story of an Indiana Farm Girl in Viet Nam." We also debut the new "Writers Read" segment with Katharine Emlen of Eugene, OR. And in the latter part of the show Dmae tells us what makes a traditional Chinese New Year.

As part of the Fertile Ground Festival, Tonya Jone Miller debuts her solo show about her mother's experiences who went to teach English in Saigon during the height of the Viet Nam war. Using her mothers interviews, she "threads" together how human beings are connected to each other in small and large ways, and how in an instant, someone can change our lives forever.

"Writers Read" is a new regular segment that features Northwest writers reading a selection of their work. Katharine Emlen is a writer in Eugene, OR. She reads a poem called "Endless Eternity." Read our Submission guidelines to learn more about how to get involved. 

And as a columnist for The Asian Reporter, Dmae writes about her cultural experiences and thoughts. She tells what she learned about Chinese New Year growing up and how it's celebrated all over the world and in America as Lunar New Year.

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

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Stories From The Streets & Ernest Bloch

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 01/18/2011

Dmae Roberts presents "Stories From The Streets"-readings by Lunacy Stageworks & Streetroots newspaper as part of continued coverage on the Fertile Ground Festival. Producer Tali Singer also offers an artistic feature story on the the life, music and photographs of Oregon Composer Ernest Bloch  the Oregon Jewish Museum.

In the first part Stage and Studio, Dmae talks with Julie McCurdy & Israel Bayer of Streetroots newspaper and Ann Singer of Lunacy Stageworks about their collaboration on personal stories and writing created by homeless people The readings are presented Jan. 28th & 29th at the Sellwood Masonic Lodge in Portland.

And in the latter part of the show, Producer Tali Singer presents a feature about famed composer Ernest Bloch whose photographs are being showcased at the Oregon Jewish Museum as well as a concert of Bloch's work by Third Angle Ensemble on Jan. 26, 27 and 30 at the museum. We'll hear from Ernie Bloch, the grandson of Ernest Bloch as well as Curator Eric Johnson, Museum Director Judith Margles and Ron Blessinger of Third Angle.

Dmae Roberts was executive producer and story editor for this feature story.

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Ernest Bloch: The Man and His Music

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 01/18/2011

Composer Ernest Bloch was well known for his music, but people may not know that he was also an avid amateur photographer. Producer Tali Singer presents a feature about Bloch, whose photographs are being showcased at the Oregon Jewish Museum.  We'll hear from Ernie Bloch, the grandson of Ernest Bloch, as well as Curator Eric Johnson, Museum Director Judith Margles and Ron Blessinger of Third Angle Ensemble. Third Angle will be performing Bloch's music at three concerts at the museum January 26, 27, and 30.

Dmae Roberts was executive producer and story editor for this feature story.

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Three Women Playwrights

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 01/11/2011

Host and producer Dmae Roberts talks with three women playwrights whose work will be featured in the upcoming Fertile Ground Festival: Susan Mach, Erin Leddy and Camille Cettina. From January 20-30, the Fertile Ground Festival will feature new works from local artists, including everything from dance to music to visual arts to fully staged productions.

Veteran Playwright Susan Mach is the author of a new play called The Shadow Testament. Loosely based on a true story, the play takes place in Corvallis and Seattle during the turn of the century. The story focuses on Jane, a young woman who must come to terms with a crime she committed in the name of love and God. As she sits in her asylum room, Jane revisits the past as she experiences a night of visions, dreams, and conversations with haunting ghosts.

 

Theatre Artist Erin Leddy is a company member of Hand2Mouth Theatre. Back in 2001, Leddy spent a year living with her grandmother and recording her stories. A decade later, Leddy is using those tapes as the basis for her solo performance entitled My Mind Is Like an Open Meadow. The show incorporates music and dance, as well as Leddy’s recordings as it explores consciousness, memory, and things passed down through the generations.

Playwright and performer Camille Cettina gives a taste of her upcoming show Mr. Darcy Dream Boat. The full production will premiere in October of this year, the first for Cettina’s new physical theatre company, Push Leg.  For now, though, festival goers will have to be satisfied with just fifteen minutes with their favorite literary characters.

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

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The Best of Stage and Studio 2010

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 12/28/2010

End the year with the best of Stage and Studio of 2010 on December 28th. 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 arts groups have withstood the test of time and have survived, thrived and excelled in their art for decades.

This year, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival celebrated its 75th anniversary. With a budget of about $27 million dollars a year, it's the only theatre in the country that performs two different plays a day on three different stages 10 months of the year.  While nonprofit theatres struggle financially, OSF finished the 2009 season in the black largely due to the loyalty of its audience and quality of its work. We start the show with Dmae's feature story on OSF, which aired on National Public Radio earlier this year.

Next, we hear a feature on Artists Repertory Thearte and its artistic director, Allen Nause. Hear Bob Hicks, former Oregonian features writer and arts editor and Vana O’Brien, founding member of ART recall the early history of this 28 year old theatre company and the impact Allen Nause has had on it.

Finally, we hear from Toni Pimble and Riley Grannon, the founders of Eugene Ballet Company. They started the ballet school in Eugene in 1978, they had no idea that it would grow into a $2 million dance company with original productions touring throughout the world. Eugene Ballet Company is one of the few ballet organizations with a woman leading as artistic director. She is also one of the few women in classical dance who choreographs.

This last show of 2010 concludes the year-long Oregon Treasures series focusing on veteran artists and arts groups that have made an impact on the state. This series was funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.   Hear more Oregon Treasures at StageandStudio.org and leave your comments about this special series.

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 12/21/2010

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.

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.

 This special Oregon Treasures documentary is   podcast on iTunes. Hear other Oregon Treasures features and documentaries on at StageandStudio.org.

 Photo Credit: Richard Jensen Additional Photos: Sitka Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Molly Gloss and the Heroines of the American West

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 12/14/2010

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

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. Award for her novel Wild Life about an early 20th century feminist in Washington. Her newest work is The Hearts of Horses—the story of a young woman who breaks horses in Eastern Oregon.

This feature piece is part of the Oregon Treasures series, which profiles veteran artists and arts organizations that have enriched the state of Oregon through their art. Oregon Treasures is made possible by an individual artist grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Hear more Oregon Treasures features!

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Ursula K. Le Guin: "Out Here"

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 12/07/2010

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. This show originally aired on November 2, 2010.

Best known for her literary science fiction and fantasy books, Le Guin crosses all genres.  She recently published a book of poetry and drawings with photographs by Roger Dorband. They are doing a series of readings which started with a book launch at Looking Glass Books in Sellwood. Roberts also visited with Le Guin recently at her home to talk about her works and career.

Dmae also attended a book party for “Out Here” at the Looking Glass Bookstore. Le Guin said it was the very first book launch she’s ever had.

Oregon Treasures is a special series with funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

This year long series produced by Dmae Roberts brings to light veteran arts organizations and artists who have made an impact for several decades on the artistic landscape of Oregon.

Throughout 2010, Stage and Studio will air these creative feature stories and  highly produced half-hour specials of lengthy portraits.

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

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