Stage and Studio
Host/Producer Dmae Roberts. Aired Live from the KBOO studio.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
See Classical Revolution PDX perform live in the studio!
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Music provided by Shake That Little Foot from the Free Music archives.
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.
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
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.