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 two months before your event.   The earlier the better!

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Episode Archive

Coming Home

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Coming Home: Return of the Alutiiq Masks,

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
Air date: 
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience by Samantha Waltz
More than 42% of American families have at least one step-relative. That's according to a 2011 Pew Research Center survey.

Orlando and Junie B. Jones

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Two actresses of different ages and times in their careers star in title roles .
A Tale of Two Title Roles. Dmae Roberts talks with two actresses at different times in their careers. We'll meet actress Beth Thompson featured as Orlando at Profile Theatre and Kai Tomizawa, a 7th grader who is Junie B. Jones at Oregon Children's Theatre. We'll find out what it takes to be the title role for a working professional actress and a younger actress starting her career. 

(Aired 11am Tues 11/10 on KBOO 90.7FM or always on

Hear the edited podcast now live at 

Macbeth + Women of Troy

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 11/03/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
MacBeth at PolyMath Arts
Dmae Roberts features two contemporary shows that are adapted from classical works. She talks with Kate Belden of Polymath Art Theatre and their adaption of Macbeth, a Dark Retelling and Jeffrey Puukka who adapted and directs Women of Troy for Play On Words. We'll hear about the process of making classical works responsive to today. In thi case both shows features domestic abuse and a violent society.  

Passin' Art +"Remme's Run"

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/27/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Passin' Art presents "Tommy J & Sally" + Wayne Harrel's "Remme's Run"
Dmae Roberts talks with Passin' Art Theatre about their explosive show on race dialogue in Tommy J & Sally by acclaimed playwright Mark Medoff.

The Breast Cancer Monologues

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
The Breast Cancer Monologues- a documentary for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Stage and Studio presents a half-hour adaptation of The Breast Cancer Monologues. Originally a one-hour documentary collage with and about Breast Cancer Survivors produced by Dmae Roberts & MediaRites, the show features producers Kate Welch, Miae Kim and Anca Micheti and s actors Olga Sanchez, Caren Graham and Elaine Low. 

Cuba Libre

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Artists Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of Cuba Libre

Join guest host Sarika Mehta for Stage and Studio LIVE with artistic director Damaso Rodriguez and Tiempo Libre's Jorge Gomez

Rope + David Henry Hwang

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Rope at Bag & Baggage + The Sound of a Voice by David Henry Hwang
Dmae talks with director Rusty Newton Tennant about ROPE, an early play that Alfred Hitchcock turned into one of his most experimental films. The original play is about to open at Bag & Baggage Productions in Hillsboro. Then we catch up with Tony-award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang about his latest productions. Theatre Diaspora is producing his one-act play The Sound of a Voice on Oct. 17th at 2pm and Oct. 25th at 7pm at Portland Center Stage.

How We Got On

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/29/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
How We Got On- Season Opener at Portland Playhouse
Dmae features Idris Goodwin's HOW WE GOT ON, the season opener for Portland Playhouse. We'll hear from director Jen Rowe, music director Mic Crenshaw and actress Ithica Tell from the production about to open September 30th-Oct. 25th.

Unit Souzou -One Year Later

Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Unit Souzou, Portland's newest taiko group celebrates its anniversary!

More than a year ago, Dmae talked with Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, co-directors of UNIT SOUZOU about the new company they created. Now they're getting ready to premiere their first original work 88: Hachi Hachi for their one-year anniversary company as a married couple but also to celebrate more than a year of working steadily as Portland's newest taiko company.


LindaAustin & Portland Taiko

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 03/20/2012

Dmaew Roberts talks with premiere choreographer/dancer Linda Austin of Performance Works Northwest about her upcoming show A head of time. We’ll also hear from Portland Taiko about their upcoming concert.

Linda Austin’s A head of time brings together an accomplished ensemble of eight dancers  for a performance and installation (before the show) to sift together an unpredictable array of methodical, agile, detailed, and playfully awkward dance movement.  The set is comprised of 300 stacked blankets; video imagery; original and stolen text, and has a sound score by Seth Nehil.

More about Linda Austin:

Linda Austin, co-founder & director of Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, OR, has been making dance and performance since 1983. Her poetic, unconventionally witty, and rigorously conceived works arise from an ongoing fascination with the puzzle of the body’s awkward, lyrical and often accidental beauty. The resultant works have been performed in New York, Mexico City, Seattle and Portland, at venues such as the Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kitchen, On the Boards and PICA’s TBA Festival.

She’s received fellowships and grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission,  the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Movement Research, as well as through residencies at Djerassi and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. Her writing has appeared in The Movement Research Performance JournalTierra Adentro(Mexico), the literary journal FO A RM and a 2003 collection from MIT Press, Women, Art & Technology. Recent projects include the 2010 Paired Spectacular, an homage to dance pioneers Yvonne Rainer and Deborah Hay; the 2009 Bandage a Knife, a collaboration with Seth Nehil inspired by a Japanese cult noir film; and a 2008 site-specific dance at Portland’s Lovejoy Fountain as part of The City Dance of Anna & Lawrence Halprin, performed in the 2008 TBA Festival. An in-progress version of A head of time and a 6-week installation of this project was featured at The Art Gym in April 2011 as part of an exhibit devoted to the choreographic process titled Dance: before, after, during.


Performance Works NorthWest || Linda Austin Dance presents

A head of time
a new ensemble work by Choreographer Linda Austin, collaborating with sound artist Seth Nehil, and dancers Philippe Bronchtein, Jin Camou, Catherine Egan, Keyon Gaskin, Esther LaPointe, Danielle Ross & Lucy Yim, with Lighting by Jeff Forbes. Performances are Friday and Saturday March 23 & 24 at 8pm, Sunday March 25 at 2pm and 7pm.  Doors open 30 min. before curtain for a walk-through of installation. All shows are located at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., Portland.

TICKETS: $12 before March 15 General admission $15-$20 sliding scale. For more info call: 503-777-1907 or visit online.


In the latter part of show, we’ll check in with Michelle Fujii, artistic director of Portland Taikoabout their new concert Three: 3 Conversations With Taiko.

Fujii explores the taiko art form’s ability to speak to us individually and collectively. THREE weaves distinct forms of classical Japanese art Nihon Buyo, Koto and Shakuhachi into contemporary conversations with the drum.

This collaboration celebrates Michelle’s exploration of taiko as an active force that continues to evolve and inspire curiosity.

Nihon Buyo is the art form of traditional Japanese dance, vibrant today with a history of nearly four centuries.  The Koto (13 string plucked zither) and Shakuhachi (flute held vertically like a recorder) are instruments seemingly unchanged over the ages that continue to reveal new possibilities.

Tickets on sale through the PCPA Box Office & all Ticketmaster outlets. $20.25- $11.25 Students and Seniors save 10% off regular adult prices. Members save 10%, order direct from Portland Taiko, and pay no handling charges! Tickets available through the PCPA Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations for non-members.

Join more conversations! 
Pre-performance discussion Sunday March 25 @ 1 pm
Moderated by: Larry Kominz, Professor of Japanese at PSU and member of the Japan Society of New York’s performing arts advisory committee.

Phame: H is for Honored

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 03/13/2012

 Dmae Roberts presents a documentary special on Stephen Marc Beaudoin and PHAME. Dmae went to a rehearsal at PHAME as they got ready for a four-county tour and performance at Aladdin Theatre.  This is part of  ’Making Change’ – a series about the intersection of creativity and social/cultural change.

Beaudoin is also a successful community activist who has been able to produce disaster relief benefits that have raised an amazing amount of donations. His benefit ‘Songs For Haiti’ brought more than $150,000 for Mercy Corps, International. The benefit ‘From Oregon, With Love’ brought in more than $250, 000 for disaster relief after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.Stephen Marc Beaudoin is a talented and respected singer and actor who has performed throughout the country. In Portland, he’s worked with Opera Theater Oregon and Hand2Mouth Theatre to name a few.

We’ll also meet students like Aaron Hobson, Nikki Lane, Pat Hansen and Katie Carlson, artistic director Jessica Dart and music director Matthew Gailey.Beaudoin first saw the PHAME choir perform at the Haiti benefit concert. He joined the board of the directors and is now the executive director bringing PHAME to a new level of growth.

Hear members of the PHAME choir and staff rehearse for the upcoming four-county tour and performance at the Aladdin Theatre in this ‘Making Change’ documentary special on location at PHAME.

‘Making Change’ is  year-long series about the how artists, performers, writers, innovators and community organizations use creativity for social and cultural change.

It’s made possible with funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and individual donors including June Arima & John Schumann Fund of the Equity Foundation. These features and specials will air throughout the year.

Find out how you can support ‘Making Change.’

Tickets for this performance will be $15 and go on sale February 1, 2012. More information and show dates available by calling 503-764-9718, or visiting“PHAME: the H is for Honored Tour” is scheduled for 14 performances throughout the four-county area. All performances are free with the exception of the final performance at the Aladdin Theater March 22, 2012.

Performance Schedule:
St. Johns Community Center Auditorium, 8427 N Central Street (FREE)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7 p.m.,
East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Avenue (FREE)

Friday, March 16, 2012, 7 p.m.,
Estacada Junior High Auditorium, 500 NE Main St.(FREE)

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 7 p.m.,
Clark College, Foster Auditorium,1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA (FREE)

Sunday, March 18th, 2012, 10 a.m.,
Monday, March 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.,
Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Avenue (FREE)

Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd. (FREE)

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7 p.m.,
The Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie ($15 all tickets, available at

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Sue Arbuthnot & Richard Wilhelm 'Amber Waves & Checkered Flags'

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 03/06/2012

 Dmae Roberts talks with Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm of Hare In The Gate Productions about their film Amber Waves & Checkered Flags.

One day the filmmakers drove by a sign for Lind, pop. 500, with a rustic sign inviting, “Welcome to Lind! Drop in—Mt. St. Helens did!” They found there the annual Lind Combine Demolition Derby.  IN June 2003, they started working on their documentary Amber Waves & Checkered Flag to film the Derby. This extreme sport’s purpose is to bolster a struggling town and a multi-generational way of life. They decided to follow two young men—Josh Knodel and Matt Miller—who aspired to win the derby and to carry on the family traditions of producing abundant wheat and supporting their community.

About the Film:

For eight years, Amber Waves & Checkered Flags follows two childhood best friends,whose quest to win an offbeat, hilarious, extreme sport parallels the struggle for existence facing family farms and rural towns.

June—Eastern Washington’s austerely beautiful farmland—Josh Knodel, 18, eagerly awaits his first chance to compete in Lind’s annual Combine Demolition Derby. Josh and Matt Miller, 17, prepare JAWS, a hulking, out-of-retirement 6602 John Deere combine, for battle. Josh doesn’t know that his biggest fight—his bid to carry on the three-generation family farm—will put him to an even tougher test.

Small farms require fewer workers than in Josh’s grandpa’s time. To survive, small farms must increase production to support the next generation. When the Knodels fail to locate new land, Josh’s dream vanishes, and he must leave the farm. Luckily, the Knodels acquire new acreage, and Josh returns.
Today, Josh and Matt work to sustain family farms and their community. With JAWS once again ready for a metal-gnashing go-round, it’s derby time.

About the Filmmakers:

Sue Arbuthnot is an independent filmmaker whose films span themes of social change through community building and sustainability, diversity, historic and cultural preservation. She has begun exploring a series of narrative non-fiction works around the relationships between neurology, illness, and behavior. She received the 1990 Pacific Pioneer Fund grant and a 2010 Oregon Arts Commission’s Media Arts Fellowship. She began teaching film and video at the Northwest Film Center’s Young Filmmaker Program in 1995. Since 2008, Sue has been teaching in the NWFC’s Adult Certificate Program. She has taught and mentored students at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Burns Paiute Reservation, Spokane Indian Reservation, and Yakama Nation. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Portland’s Women in Film.

Richard Wilhelm draws from his life-long work in photography, art, design, and education to inspire and challenge his work in film. He earned his BFA in visual design and photography from the University of Oregon, and established a design studio in Seattle, which he directed for 14 years, until partnering with Sue Arbuthnot at Hare in the Gate Productions in 1999. Together they’ve produced dozens of films, from 60-second pieces to feature documentaries. Since 2006, Richard has developed and installed permanent, multimedia interpretive exhibits. Richard has taught photography and graphic design at the university level including more than 50 photography workshops exploring relationships between people and environments.

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Only Ghosts Storytelling Percussion Performance

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 02/21/2012

Dmae Roberts features a poetry/percussion performance of Only Ghosts by Carrie-Ann Tkaczyk. This is a original retelling of Tkacyk's novel set set during the democratic revolution in Nepal. Performers include the Tkacyk and poet A. Molotkov, Bruce Bartlett, Charlie Kersch, Ragon Linde, and Prasanna Dhoj Pradhan.

In the sultry jungles of Nepal, modern and ancient desires beat. When a stranger comes to Batuwaa, the mystic and the modern clash. Voices, percussion music, and story meld into the pulse of a mysterious pool, Bhoot Pool: the place the villagers of Batuwaa fear; the place the forbidden are free to love.

Carrie-Ann Tkaczyk experienced Nepal’s democratic movement while serving as a Peace Corpsvolunteer in the early 1990’s, the time period of this story. Her writing about Nepal has won Best Short Story at Third Goal, is in the magazine ECS Nepal,and is online in Peace Corps’ Digital Library. A founding member of the writers’ group, The Guttery, her latest project is a performance of Only Ghosts with Portland musicians and Guttery poets. Some of her public readings are featured at the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Whitman Project, The Oregon Literary Review, Show and Tell Gallery, and Love Outlives Us.

Kalirati Productions presents Only Ghosts for two performanes only on February 25 4:30 and 7:00 at Hipbone Studios 847 E. BURNSIDE, #104 in PORTLAND.

Tickets are $6 to $10 and available at Brownpaper tickets or the show’s website:

Masks for the production were made by students at the Nepali school, Educational Environment Boarding School. Proceeds will benefit this school.

Also a the end of the show, Dmae plays a piece from her audio vault. Listen to First Love produced in 1986. 

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Two Theater Veterans and Icons

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 02/14/2012

 Dmae Roberts talks with Allen Nause, artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre and Paul Nicholson, executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Both men are theatre icons contributing decades to their theatre companies. Nause is retiring from Artists Rep after the 2013 season and this is Nicholson's final season at OSF. We'll hear about this year's season of plays and talk about their artistic legacies.

(Featured left: (L-R)Beth Harper,Richard Emore, Jason Glick, Val Landrum, Danielle Purdy credit: Owen Carey)

This is a KBOO membership drive edition. Show your support by becoming a member of KBOO and pick up tickets to see Artist Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival or Portland Center Stage show! CALL 503-232-8818 OR 877-500-5266 or make your contribution online.

Allen Nause is directing Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, winner of the 2009 Obie award. This sharp, funny and insightful play chronicles five people who take an adult creative drama class at a small-town community center. In six weeks they play theater games and do exercises that lead them to discover truths about themselves.

Allen Nause has been Artists Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director since 1988. He has performed in many plays at Artists Rep including: Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune, Breaking The Code, Art, The Drawer Boy, Death Of A Salesman, Blackbird, Vanya and most recentlyNo Man’s Land.

Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and directed by Allen Nause. The play features Beth Harper, Richard Elmore, Jason Glick, Val Landrum, and Danielle Purdy.

The show runs through March 11 Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm, Wednesday matinee at 11am on Feb. 29 at Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage (16thand Alder St.) For more info call 503.241.1278 or visit


And then in the second part of the show  the Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 preview performances begin February 17, opening a season dedicated to Executive Director Paul Nicholson, who is retiring at the end of the season after 33 years at OSF. Nicholson became executive director in November 1995. He joined the Festival in 1980, serving as general manager for 16 years.

The season opens February 24 with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and runs through November 4.

The timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet comes once again to OSF’s stage. The star-crossed lovers and their feuding families are set in the late 1840s Alta California—a period of California history rich with the culture of the Spanish-speaking Californios.

Other shows opening soon include:

The White Snake adapted from the ancient Chinese fable by Mary Zimmerman. In this beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. White Snake keeps her true identity secret from him, but a disapprov ing monk persists in unmasking her. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman, this is sure to be a not-to-be-missed production.

Seagull (February 23-June 22) by Anton Chekhov and adapted by Libby AppeOSF’s Artistic Director Emerita Libby Appel continues her life-long passion and relationship with Chekhov and both adapts and directs this humorous, heartbreaking and achingly human story set in 19th century Russia.

Animal Crackers(February 19 – November 4) Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind; Music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby. Allison Narver directs this raucous 1930s vaudevillian musical farce made famous by the Marx Brothers—and yes, it will be funny!

Shakespeare offerings later this season include Troilus and Cressida, the final episode in the saga of Prince Hal in Henry V and As You Like It and a world premiere adaptation The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, based on Shakespeare’s play.

The fourth show to open in the Angus Bowmer Theatre will be the three-ring tour de force, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, adapted by Bill Rauch and Tracy Young from the plays by Euripides, Shakespeare and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The final show to open in the Bowmer is a world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, All the Way. Part of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, the play looks at the tumultuous first year of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency.

For tickets or more info call the OSF Box Office at 541-482-4331 or 800-219-8161 or visit the KBOO website and on 90.7FM live at 11am on Tuesdays

35 Years of Portland International Film Festival

Stage and Studio
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Tue, 02/07/2012

Dmae Roberts talks with Bill Foster, executive director of NW Film Center about the 35th annual Portland International Film Festival. This year PIFF showcases 140 films — 93 features and 46 short films — from 36 different countries. We’ll get a sneak peek and best picks so tune in! Become a member or renew your membership and get a pair of tickets to the festival!

TUNE IN AND CALL 503-232-8818 OR 877-500-5266 AND PICK UP SOME PIFF THANK YOU GIFTS: A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE FESTIVAL FOR $60! Just call in or become a member online!

The NW Film Center celebrates its 40th anniversary year as an organization. This year’s PIFF line-up includes documentaries, family friendly films, PIFF After Dark and an early look at 11 of this year’sOscar nominees.

The full PIFF Program, tickets, and more are available at

Tickets are available by phone (503-276-4310) or in person at the Film Center’s Advance Ticket Outlet, located in the lobby of the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building at 1119 SW Park Avenue, open daily from 12-6 p.m. February 1-25. Online tickets are available anytime at

Some of the films Dmae will showcase are:

Unfinished Spaces — an historical documentary about three architects who in 1961 attempted to create three arts buildings in Cuba at Fidel Castro’s invitation. 40 years later the buildings remain unfinished and decaying. This film chronicles of what changed in Cuba that made it impossible for the buildings to be completed.

Pink Ribbons, Inc. — an Canadian investigative documentary about the commercialization and breast cancer industry, especially timely now because of the recent Susan G. Komen Foundation controversy. (see photo above left)

Where Are You Taking Me? — Kimi Takesue lyrical and beautifully photographed travelogue in Uganda without narration and very little dialogue that presents everyday life of a country healing from a war-torn, violent history.

Almanya — a family comedy/drama about a Turkish worker who makes a life for himself in Germany.

The Fairy — a whimsical French film about a hotel worker falls in love with woman who claims to be a fairy who grants him three wishes.

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Sex Trafficking & Fairy Tales

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 01/24/2012

Dmae Roberts presents a ‘Making Change’ feature story  of the women behindStories: From Survivors of the Sex Trade, a performance produced by Lunacy Stageworks. And in the second part of the show, we’ll hear about The Tripping Point, an exhibition of fairytale installations at Shaking The Tree Theatre.


As part of this year's Fertile Ground Festival of New WorksLunacy Stageworks produces another important story providing a hard-to-come by connection; this time to the reality of what women endure through their stories from the front lines of Portland's sex trade.

The biggest misconception about prostitution is that it is a choice, acknowledges Jeri Sundvall-Williams, Neighborhood Program coordinator at City of Portland. In reality most of these girls are forced into it, sometimes even sold into it by a parent. Ms. Williams and Rachel Indigo Cerise Baum tell their stories of exploitation as young girls, survival, and growth as women.

As their stories unfold, audiences' perceptions of prostitution are forever changed, bringing about awareness and a call to action. Last year, Lunacy Stageworks also participated in Fertile Ground with Stories: from the Streets, a collection of readings written and performed by people who had experienced homelessness.

Show Times:
Directed by: Ann Singer
Venue: Sellwood Masonic Temple  | 7126 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Festival Dates: Jan. 27th, 28th 8:00-9:oo PM
Reception following performance on 28th by Artemis Foods
Tickets $7 advance; $10 door | 503.205.0715

Jeri Sundvall-Williams
Jeri Williams is a Neighborhood Program Coordinator for the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for the City of Portland. She manages the Diversity and Civic Leadership program which funds Communities of Color and Immigrant Refugee communities to train their constituencies on Civic Engagement with the City of Portland.

She is a survivor of prostitution, gangs and drugs endured for over 20 years, and she has been a community activist in Portland for the last 15 years. Jeri organizes and conducts public presentations on issues of environmental justice (EJ), poverty, peace, domestic violence and many other topics of social justice.  Throughout her career, she has trained hundreds of community leaders and advocates, and she serves on several boards, task forces and grant making committees.

Sundvall-Williams dedicates her free time to work with victims of human trafficking, sustainability, community organizing and environmental justice. She also devotes time to public speaking at colleges and conferences on many issues as well as organizing events. She believes that the right kind of investment makes change for anyone, as it did for her.

Rachel Indigo Cerise Baum
An out, proud, LGBTQI senior advocate, writer, artist, Rachel is currently a Resident Property Manager at the Housing Authority of Clackamas County. As a former volunteer and subsequent senior program coordinator for Elder Resource Alliance(ERA), of Portland Oregon, Cerise Baum worked directly with and for hundreds of LGBTQI seniors for 7 years.

Cerise Baum seeded the concept and launched Portland Oregon's "Gay and Gray," wellness + resource fair. She also worked with interns and volunteers to launch Portland Oregon's first and only culturally specific "Loaves and Fishes" mealsite, and a "Volunteers in Emotional Well Being of Seniors," support group for LGBTQI elders. Cerise Baum provided diversity training about unique needs and concerns of LGBTQI seniors for in excess of 1500 students and professionals. 

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Susan Mach and Claire Willett

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 01/17/2012

Dmae Roberts talks with playwrights Susan Mach, and Claire Willett. Oregon Book Award-winner Susan Mach's A Noble Failure is the winner of CoHo Productions' NEWxNW Playwrighting Competition. Artist's Reperatory Theater presents a staged reading of Willett's Dear Galileo, both as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works.

Susan Mach's A Noble Failure is about what happens when a public school gets co-opted by a private for-profit company. The genesis of the play began with the creation of the character Rosalyn, a lifelong teacher who never imagined herself as anything else. She is trying to keep a young Russian immigrant, Ivan, in school after he gets in trouble for tagging the library and destroying a trophy case. Rosalyn is an English teacher modeled after influential instructors of Mach's.

Much of the play is a response to the current broken public school system. It speaks to how career teachers are being maligned and demonized in the media for economic and social ills beyond their control, and how public schools are being shut down in record numbers, replaced by privately owned charter schools that often cherry-pick students, disregarding those with low incomes and/or learning disabilities.

Claire Willett's Dear Galileo looks at three women in three different times who wrestle with their identity, the conflict between science and religion, and what it means to be their fathers’ daughters. In Renaissance Italy, Celeste Galilei lives under house arrest with her elderly father Galileo, the disgraced astronomer who wants to defy the Pope yet again by publishing one last book.

In a small town in Texas, creationist author and TV pundit Robert Snow is at a loss when his 10-year-old daughter Haley’s newfound passion for science begins to pull her away from the Biblical teachings of her upbringing. And in Swift Trail Junction, Arizona, home of the Vatican Observatory’s U.S. outpost, New York sculptor Cassie Willows arrives to find that her estranged father, world-renowned astrophysicist Jasper Willows, has gone missing. As the three stories move toward their point of convergence, the destinies of each become inextricably bound with the others, linked through time by love, family, grief, faith and the search for identity.

Show Times:
A Noble Failure by Susan Mach
Directed by Erin Lucas
Venue: CoHo Theater
Festival Dates: Sunday, January 22 – 2:00pm, Sunday, January 29 – 7:30pm
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Will | 503.205.0715

Dear Galileo by Claire Willett
Directed by Stephanie Mulligan
Venue:  Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland OR 97205
Festival Dates:  Jan 21 @ 2pm; Jan 23 @ 7:30pm
Tickets:  Pay What You Will; $10 suggested donation | 503.241.1278
Playwright Susan Mach has an MA in Playwriting from Boston University. Her first play, Monograms, published by Rain City Press in Seattle, received a Portland Drama Critics Circle Award. Her second play, Angle of View, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and received readings at Portland Repertory Theatre and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.  For her third play, The Shadow Testament, she received a Woman Writers Fellowship from Literary Arts. Her play, The Difficult Season, a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg, was workshopped at Artists Repertory Theatre
She was recently awarded a fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts for her latest play, The Lost Boy, which was also part of Portland Center Stage’s JAW/West development series and recently received a staged reading at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, and was a winner of the 2011 Angus Bowmer Award for Drama at the Oregon Book Awards.
Playwright Claire Willett was the summer 2011 Writer-In-Residence at the I-Park Artists’ Colony in East Haddam, CT., was named the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama, and was a finalist for the 2011 Fox Valley Repertory Collider Project (a new initiative supporting the creation of new plays about science and technology). Three of her plays have been produced as staged readings for Fertile Ground's Festival of New Works: Upon Waking in 2009, How the Light Gets In in 2010, and That Was the River, This Is the Sea (co-written with Gilberto Martin del Campo) in 2011.
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auGi & Slash Coleman "Big Plastic Heroes"

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program date: 
Tue, 01/10/2012

Dmae Roberts talks with Portland comedian, musician and Fertile Ground/Second City alum auGi and award-winning PBS writer Slash Coleman about Big Plastic Heroes– Warning: Trying to be Your Idol is Dangerous.

Hear some great stories from their monologues and auGi promises to sing live! The production is being presented as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works 2012.

Set against the backdrop of two small towns in the 1980s, the show, which starts January 21st with six shows and runs through February 4, features two autobiographical solo-performances that highlight what bad things can happen when oddball teen boys try to be their action-hero idols.

Growing up in a tiny Michigan town surrounded by endless cornfields isn’t exactly the life of an action hero. auGi reveals how he and a group of oddball friends formed a fantasy commando squad with very real consequences. This funny, humbling, true-life story proves that being yourself is all the adventure you need.

Bicentennial fever finds Slash Coleman, creator of the PBS special, revealing the story of his eccentric family, his obsession with Evel Knievel, and a crush on his third-grade teacher that lands him in the hospital.

Each night also includes appearances by two Portland storytellers who will tell their own 10-minute “misplaced hero” story. Local stortytellers include: Stacey Hallal, Meg Worden, Ry Stroud, Andrew Bynum, Jimmy Radosta, Karol Collymore, Cory Huff, Meagan Kate, Penny Walter and Molly Norton.

Performance dates: Jan 21, 26, 27, 28; February 3, 4 at 7:30 pm
Venue: The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza which is located at 1785 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97232
Tickets: $15 – $17.50; or call (804) 353-3799.
Limited reserved seating available. Advance tickets are recommended.

auGi – Performer/Playwright/Producer
Called “…a brilliant funnyman” by the Producer of The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn andEntertainment Tonight, auGi created, wrote, produced, and performed in hundreds of shows at both The Second City and the world famous Improv in Hollywood, was a regular feature on “The Best of the Worst” on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and appeared on Comedy Central and E! auGi co-wrote and starred in his autobiographical solo show, SexyNurd: Rockstar Trapped in a Nurd’s Body, which played to sold-out audiences during both the 2010 Fertile Ground and Singlehandedly festivals, was a Willamette Week pick.

Slash – Performer/Playwright
WGBH Boston says, “Slash has the power to change the way people think.” Best known for his PBS special and Off-Broadway one man show, The Neon Man and Me, Slash’s most recent performances include shows at The International Storytelling Center, The National Storytelling Festival, and Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival. He’s also a blogger for Psychology Today and a regular contributor to Storytelling Magazine.

Coleman lived in southeast Portland from 1997 – 2001, and worked as a visual artist, an educator and a performing artist. His production company About Vision Entertainment, created with Stash Tea CEO Tom Lisicki, which produced over a dozen multidisciplinary products with ties to the city, was based in Portland until 2004. Slash currently lives in New York City where he continues to write and develop material for the stage, film and TV.

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The Mystery of Opal Whiteley

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program date: 
Mon, 12/26/2011

 Tues Dec. 27th at 11am on KBOO 90.7FM 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. This led to an international controversy that drove Opal Whiteley out of the country and eventually led to her decline in mental health. To this day, Opal Whiteley and her diary remains a controversy and a mystery.

Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whitely” was originally produced in 1988 by Dmae Roberts and Dorothy Velasco with funding from the Oregon Humanities.

The voice of young Opal was played by Laurie Robson. Music was composed and performed by John Doan. Engineering help by Ron Royer. Special thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for providing the only known recording of Opal Whiteley and to KLCC-FM …

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