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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POV Dance

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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POV Dance Multimedia Performance
In a special 11:30am edition of Stage & Studio, Dmae Roberts talks with POV Dance about an unuusal dance and multimedia installation performance in the historic landmark building Leftbank.

POV Dance returns to the Portland dance scene this winter with 3x3, an originalarchitecturally-based work of contemporary dance, set in the three integrated buildings of The Leftbank Project.
 
Located at the bustling NE end of the Broadway Bridge, Leftbank is a historic landmark that has housed a succession of businesses, most notably the iconic 1940s Dude Ranch jazz club. In 2008, meticulously reimagined and restored after years of vacancy, Leftbank opened its doors to reclaim its spot as a hub of creativity and culture.
 

David Henry Hwang

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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David Henry Hwang, Tony Award-winning Playwright

Dmae Roberts features playwright David Henry Hwang, Tony award-winning author of M. Butterfly, Dance and the Railroad and Chinglish which soon opens on Jan. 11-Feb. 9 at Portland Center Stage.  For the last 30 years, Hwang's career has spawned opera projects with Phillip Glass and musical theatre adaptions like Disney’s Aida with Elton John and Tarzan with Phil Collins, but he generally gravitates to “the same patch of soil”—as he calls it—of Asian and Asian American themes.

Raising Cane

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Raising Cane: Hawaii's Labor & Resistance
Stage & Studio presents a special documentary from the "Crossing East" Asian Pacific American history series, winner of the 1996 Peabody award.

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
Air date: 
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.

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Wordstock & Larry Colton + "Merchant of Venice"

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 09/28/2010

Host Dmae Roberts focuses on Wordstock Festival 2010, a yearly celebration of book books, writers, and storytelling in Portland. Wordstock will take place October 9-10 with several pre-events. Also featured is Actor Anthony Heald as Shylock at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Merchant of Venice.  

Wordstock has hosted more than 1,000 writers, who have read and performed for nearly 80,000 people at past festivals. The festival features 9 author stages; a book fair with over 125 exhibitors, a special children’s activity area and children’s literature stage, workshops for emerging writers and for K-12 teachers.

Greg Netzer, executive director, and Larry Colton, author of No Ordinary Joes and one of the founding members of Wordstock were live in the studio to tell us about this renowned event.

Anthony Heald as Shylock at OSF 

And in the latter part of the show, we hear from Anthony Heald, star of stage and screen, deconstruct his speech as the famed character Shylock in Shakespeare'sMerchant of Venice at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is a rare window into the actor's process. Merchant of Venice closes October 10th at OSF but the festival continues through October 31st.

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"Merchant of Venice"

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 09/28/2010

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of “Merchant of Venice”,  directed by Bill Rauch and starring Anthony Heald as Shylock is a magnificent indictment on the cost of prejudice. Set both in contemporary and Elizabethan times, it rings true to today’s issues while still balancing the comedy and the tragic elements of this fine Shakespeare play.

In this episode, listen as Heald deconstructs his speech as the famed character Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is a rare window into the actor’s process. 

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My Name Is Rachel Corrie & Brothers of the Baladi

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Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 09/21/2010

Host Dmae Roberts features "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" and Brothers of the Baladi's"Mosaic: A Day of Music & Dance" on Tuesday, September 21 at 11am on KBOO 90.7 FM.

Madeleine Rogers & Amanda Jensen Photo-SteveBrian

Northwest Classical Theatre Company and Three Good Friends presents a two-person play about Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old Evergreen College student from Olympia, Washington who in 2003 was crushed to death in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was kneeling in front of a local Palestinian's home to keep them from demolishing the home.

Compiled and edited by actor Alan Rickman and  The Guardian’s Feature Editor, Katharine Viner in London, this controversial play is based on Rachel Corrie's writings. This production features two actresses directed by Megan Ward.

And in the second part of the show, Dmae talks with Michael Beach from Brothers of the Baladi about"Mosaic: A Day of Music & Dance" on September 25th. This Portland band presents a ful day of music and dance workshops and an evening concert focusing on a festive appreciation of Middle Eastern music.

 

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Autumn Moon and Throne of Blood

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 09/14/2010

Host Dmae Roberts presents two different Asian-themed art events

First up, Ivy Lin, event director, tells us about "Music Under the Autumn Moon" a celebration of the 68-year-old Yat Sing Music Club in Portland's Chinatown. 

Yat Sing Music Club at Crossing East Heritage Festival 2006

Lin is joined by Classical Revolution PDX, one of several music groups presenting a multiculural concert on September 25th.

Other groups include Third Angle New Music Ensemble and Portland Cello Project.

Yat Sing Music Club is a social Cantonese opera group that's been performing together in Portland's Chinatown since 1941 to raise money for the war effort.  "Music Under The Autumn Moon" celebrates the harvest during the Moon Festival, a tradition in China for 1000 years and  is organized by Friends of Portland Chinatown.

 

Ako as Lady Asaji & Kevin Kenerly as Washizu Photo:OSF 

In the second part, Dmae  talks with Ako at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  A Japanese American actress trained in Kabuki theatre, Ako talks about her role as Lady Asaji in Ping Chong's production of Throne of Blood based on the Akira Kurosawa film.

This multimedia play features a stellar cast and talented designers. Under the direction of NYC's Ping Chong, this fine production performs at breakneck pace complete with video projections and Kabuki and Noh movement just under 2 hours without intermission. It stays true to Kurosawa's frightening tale of murder, war and madness. Ako's performance as the Lady M based character is a study of masterful calculation and ruthlessness. She tells us how she handles this role with very few scenes and artful movement.

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See Classical Revolution PDX perform live in the studio!

Throne of Blood

program: 
Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 09/14/2010

Dmae Roberts just got back from another trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. This season has been one of the best ever.  She highly recommends taking a trip if you can to see the shows still running.

 

“Merchant of Venice”, directed by Bill Rauch and starring Anthony Heald as Shylock is a magnificent indictment on the cost of prejudice. Set both in contemporary and Elizabethan times, it rings true to today’s issues while still balancing the comedy and the tragic elements of this fine Shakespeare play. “Merchant of Venice” ends October 10th,  so there’s only a few more weeks to see this play.

 

Two other productions stand out. “Ruined”, by Lynn Nottage was a searing and deeply affecting play about the rape of women in the Congo. The performances were brilliant and moving. The music pumped energy and hope into poignant, heartbreaking situations.  It’s a must-see for everyone. The show runs until October 31st.

 

I also recommend “Throne of Blood” adapted by noted theatre director Ping Chong from the classic film by Akira Kurosawa. This multimedia play features and a stellar cast and talented designers. “Throne of Blood” performs at breakneck pace complete with video projections and Kabuki and Noh movement. It’s just under two hours without intermission. The show also runs until October 31st.

 

“Throne of Blood” stays true to Kurosawa’s frightening tale adapted from Shakespeare’s Macbeth with themes of murder, war, and madness. The standout performance for me came from Japanese-American actress Ako who is trained in Kabuki theatre. She played Lady Asaji, based on the Lady Macbeth character. Her portrayal of Lady Asaji is a masterful study of a calculating and ruthless woman. In this interview, she tells us how she handles this role with very few scenes and artful movement.

 

Dmae talks with Ako in this podcast, with music by veteran OSF composer Todd Barton. Click here for more information about the rest of the season, which runs until October 31st.

T:BA:10 Special w/ Noelle Stiles & Danielle Kelly

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Stage and Studio
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Wed, 09/08/2010

This is a Time Based Art Festival 2010 special program produced and hosted by Sean Ongley. Live guests are Noelle Stiles and Danielle Kelly in discussion of their work on the piece, "Blanket", featured on the cover of the festival program guide. Plus, some joking around with Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner.

SNS83110GreekTheatre

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Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 08/31/2010

 Host Dmae Roberts features Oedipus the King and the It's All Greek To Me festival (September 10-26) in Portland. She's joined by Elizabeth Huffman, artistic director of Classic Creek Theatre of Oregon which is the only professional Greek Theatre festival in the country.

Huffman is directing a new translations of Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Actor Trieu Tran, a Portland native and now based in Los Angeles, leads a cast in an inventive production incorporating Japanese Kabuki, Noh and Butoh elements.The production is performed outdoors at the Reed College's Cerf Ampitheatre.

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Michael Lopez & Trieu Tran Photo: Darrell Allen Davis

 

NW Writer Ivan Doig & "Work Song"

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Stage and Studio
program date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010

 Host Dmae Roberts features an in-depth and lively interview with Northwest Writer Ivan Doig.

A prolific writer of books set in the American West, Doig talks about his latest novel, Work Song set in the bustling international melting pot of Butte, Montana of 1919. Doig talks about his research on the effects of mining on the land, the workers and the citizens who form a diverse community often at odds with the mining company that rules so many of their lives.

Ivan Doig

Work Song brings back a much-loved character from Doig's previous book, The Whistling Season. Morris Morgan, or "Morrie" as he’s called, comes to Butte one day and quickly lands a job at the town library run by an imposing rancher with a shady past. Soon Morrie becomes central to the lives of everyone in town as events escalate to a boiling point pitting workers against management. With Work Song, Ivan also includes some romance as well as historic commentary.

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Music provided by Shake That Little Foot from the Free Music archives.

  

Allen Nause of ART's "Long Day's Journey"

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Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 08/17/2010

Artists Repertory Theatre got a head start to their season and unveiled their co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company. ART has had a long history of international collaboration, but this new production of Eugene O’Neil’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” starring acclaimed actor William Hurt.  

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Allen Nause, Todd Van Voris and Stephanie Mulligan who also traveled to Australia to work on the production. She also presents an Oregon Treasures feature story focused on Artistic Director Allen Nause who most people in the theatre community regard as an enduring and visionary force behind ART.

This show is podcast on iTunes.  Check out other Stage and Studio programs on Stagenstudio.com!

Learn more about the history of Artists Repertory Theatre, now in its 28th year and hear about this new production that many regard as a milestone for ART. Oregon Treasures is a series of stories and documentaries that focuses on veteran artists and arts groups that have made an impact on the state.

l-r Allen Nause, Stephanie Mulligan, Todd Van Voris

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

 

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 08/10/2010

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

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

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Photos by Richard Jensen and also by Sitka Center. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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