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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Stage and Studio on 04/30/13

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Ursula K. Le Guin's gender-defying novel gets adapted for the stage.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s gender defying groundbreaking novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” gets a new original stage adaptation by two of Portland’s more innovative theatres. Portland Playhouse and Hand2Mouth Theatre have been collaborating with esteemed author Le Guin on this new staging. Dmae Roberts talks with Ursula K. Le Guin, director Jonathan Walters and actor Damian Thompson about this new venture with a legendary work.

Stage and Studio on 04/23/13

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Kiran Ahluwalia: award-winning ghazal singer

Join Guest Producer and Host Sarika Mehta for a special on gifted singer Kiran Ahluwalia

Stage and Studio on 04/16/13

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Ten Chimneys at Artists Repertory Theatre

The debut of Ten Chimneys by Jeffrey Hatcher, marks Artists Rep's first change into a new direction with soon to be artistic director Dámaso Rodriguez.  Join Dmae Roberts in an engaging talk with Rodriguez and veteran actress Linda Alper who appears in the West Coast premiere of Ten Chimneys under Rodriquez' direction.

Stage and Studio on 04/09/13

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An In-Depth talk with Author Cheryl Strayed

Tune into Stage & Studio for an in-depth and intimate talk with author Cheryl Strayed. The last year and a half has been a whirlwind of success for Strayed with "Wild" hitting #1 on the NY Times Bestseller list, an Oprah Book Club selection and a film option. But her writing success has been a long time in the making. In this interview with Dmae Roberts, Cheryl Strayed tells us about her road to fame, writing with brutal honesty and her love of family. 

(Photo credit above: Joni Kabana)

Stage and Studio on 04/02/13

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Membership Drive edition featuring Cheryl Strayed + Portland Story Theatre

Join Dmae Roberts for a membership drive edition with author Cheryl Strayed and Portland Story Theatre’s Lynne Duddy.

First up, Dmae has part one of her extended interview with author Cheryl Strayed about her best-selling hit novel WILD (and in the future a major film!) and her thoughts on writing, family and fame. We’ll have signed copies of the newly released softcover edition of WILD to offer for memberships.

Stage and Studio on 03/26/13

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Membership Drive edition featuring Portland Center Stage
Join Host/Producer Dmae Roberts for a special membership drive edition featuring two shows at Portland Center Stage. We'll hear from comic actress Lauren Weedman on her world premiere of The People's Republic of Portland, a funny thoughtful look at Portland.

Stage and Studio on 03/19/13

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Milagro Theatre's Guapa & a look at Latino/a Theatre in America

An inspiring tale of a young women dream to be an international soccer star. That's the focus of Guapa by Caridad Svich a world premiere play at Milagro Theatre.

Stage and Studio on 03/12/13

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Portland Taiko's Insatiable + a feature on Black Grace Dance

Portland Taiko is one of the leading taiko groups in the country always fusing styles and tradition with a focus on pushing the artform into new territory.

Stage and Studio on 03/05/13

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Hard Times play at Sowelu Theatre

Stage & Studio takes a look at Sowelu Theatre's Hard Times Come Again No More, by Martha Boesing which based on four stories by activist/writer Meridel Le Sueur. Dmae Roberts talks with Sowelu's Lorraine Bahr and Martha Boesing. Then in the latter part of the show a Writer's Read segment with Bing Bingham in Antelope, Oregon. 

Stage and Studio on 02/26/13

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Playwright Phillip Kan Gotanda

Host Dmae Roberts features Phillip Kan Gotanda, one of the most prolific and successful playwrights in the country. He was at Portand's Reed College to speak for their Aloud series. Gotanda about the unexpected pathway of his career, several of his plays and films and his experiences adapting his Japanese American family in The Wash to a Jamaican family for a production at San Francisco's Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

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Robin Lane of Do Jump & Erin Leddy of Hand2Mouth

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Tue, 11/22/2011

Tuesday Nov. 22nd 11am on Stage & Studio, Dmae Roberts visits with Robin Lane, the Founder and Artistic Director of Do Jump! Extremely Physical Theatre. This holiday season, Do Jump! presents their new holiday show, Ahhh HA!

Dmae will also feature a piece from Hand2Mouth ensemble member Erin Leddy, highlighting her return to Portland after touring to Seattle and New Orleans with "My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow." The show won five Portland Drammy awards including Outstanding Production of 2010-11.

Robin Lane & Do Jump!
For over one-third of a century, Founder and Artistic Director Robin Lane has led the Do Jump! "actorbats" in creating a unique blend of theatre, dance, aerial work, acrobatics, dynamic visuals and live music that defies categorization. Celebrating both individual creativity and community spirit, Do Jump! has thrilled audiences throughout North America.

Robin Lane is the recipient of the RACC Individual Artist Fellowship in Performing Arts 2010. Lane’s work is accessible to audiences of all ages -- playful, poetic and profoundly humorous, and has toured the United States and Canada for nearly three decades. She has taught generations of children and teachers acro-aerial and ensemble performance through the Do Jump! school and youth company.

Debuting in 2010 as Greatest Hits for the Holidays, Ahhh HA! has been renamed, refined and hand picked to feature in the New Victory's 2012-2013 season programming. Ahhh HA! features audience favorites from over 35-years of Do Jump!'s performance history. This Holiday Show will also feature two new guest artists, Jeff George of BodyVox-2 and Kailee McMurran of SubRosa Dance Collective.

The show runs from November 26 –January 1 @ The Echo Theatre located at 1515 SE 37th Ave in Portland. Ticket prices are: $32.00 Adults/$26.00 Seniors (62 and over)/$20.00 Youth (12 and under). The box office is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Buy tickets online atdojump.org, or for more informations, contact the Box Office at 503-231-1232.

Erin Leddy - "My Mind is Like an Open Meadow"
For the last 8 years, Erin has been a Company Member of Hand2Mouth Theatre, creating, performing and touring new theatre. In 2001, she lived with her grandmother for a year and recorded her memoirs. These tapes form the bones for this solo performance: a meditation on consciousness, memory and things passed down through generations. "My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow" exists in a strange control station of the mind where stories, songs and dances appear and vanish, conveying the inner life of both Erin and her grandmother.

"My Mind Is like An Open Meadow" is directed by Hand2Mouth Artistic Director Jonathan Walters. Together Walters, Leddy and collaborators Chris Kuhl, Ash Black Bufflo, Holcombe Waller and Jane Paik craft a sonic and visual world where memory overcomes the live performance and the two realms begin to blur into an elegant mixture of lighting, pre‐recorded voice, music, dance and scenery.

It runs from December 1 - 11: Thursday - Sunday at 8pm and December 10 and 11 at 2pm at Ethos at IFCC/5340 N Interstate Ave. Tickets are $12-18. Find more information at: hand2mouththeatre.org

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

Jon Kretzu from Artist Repertory Theater & Occupy Art

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Tue, 11/15/2011

Tuesday Nov. 15th 11am on Stage & Studio, Dmae Roberts sits down with Associate Artistic Director Jon Kretzu of Artist Repertory Theater. Jon is in his 19th season with ART, where he has directed over 40 productions for the company. He tours the set of his latest production,  Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol and talks about the art of directing. And later, Dmae presents a piece about the art of  Occupy Portland. 

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by Seattle veteran playwright John Longenbaugh, premiered at Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle to standing room only houses for the 2010 holidays and received excellent reviews. This is its second production and first production outside of Seattle.

For the last couple decades, Jon Kretzu has been one of the busiest and energetic theatre directors in Portland. This season at ART he's also directing a new adaptation of of The Duchess of Malfi and the Tony-award-winning Next To Normal. Jon also travels around the country to work on shows and to see as much new theatre as possible. We'll hear about his style of direction and his recipe for a successful production.

The play's witty and seamless cross pollination of two well-known characters, Sherlock Holmes and  Ebenezer Scrooge, asks the question "how would Sherlock Holmes fare after a Christmas Eve of supernatural visitors and profound reflection?"

Billed as "an unusual holiday show," the production runs from November15-December 24th. Tickets to Sherlock Holmes are $25-$50; Students $20 and can be purchased online, or by calling 503 241-1278. Artists Repertory Theatre is located in downtown Portland at 16th and Alder St.

And in the last part of the show, Dmae gives us a feature piece on the artwork  at the Occupy Portland site last week before the eviction protest. She took a walk on a peaceful sunny day to talk with occupiers and talked with people at the art tent and talks about the power of art to soothe and enliven the spirit during difficult times. 

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

Singing With The Julians

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Tue, 11/08/2011

 Dmae Roberts records a personal concert with The Julians, a female genre-defying quartet. This new Portland group blends contemporary song, jazz, Indian pop tunes and classical choral music to create their own style of powerhouse singing. Go behind the scenes and hear four songs you're not likely to forget.

Kristin Buhler, Liz Bacon, Maria Karlin and Vakare Petrolinaite are four hard-working classically trained singers who regularly sing with a variety of Portland groups. For the last year, they've been rehearsing and singing their own unique sound as The Julians.

Kristin Buhler says The Julians fill a specific niche that has been "lacking" and though "the scene in Portland is so vibrant for vocal performers,they "found a parking space and parked in it."  The group is named after a  female mystic in the 14th century named Julian of Norwich in England who called for optimism and compassion in a time of turmoil.

The Julians new concert He Said, She Said explores male and female composers as "musical gender study" presenting different ideas about gender through the songs. The group will be singing music that runs the gamut from Bjork to Brahams.

He Said, She Said is for one afternoon only on Nov. 20th at 2pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish located at 1432 SW 13th in Portland (on the corner of SW 13th & Clay).

Get a sneak peek at their concert with Dmae as The Julians sing four of their songs and get the inside scoop on what it takes to have a unique vocal group.

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

 

 

Curious Comedy's 'Rhapsody' & Leanne Grabel's 'badgirls'

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Tue, 11/01/2011

Dmae Roberts does some improv with Curious Comedy Theatre. She talks with Stacey Hallal, Bri Pruett and members of the young improv ensemble that aims to improve lives through the art of comedy. Their intimate club space in North Portland brings all ages to their shows and classes.

The three-year-old Curious Comedy offers a full slate of shows and improvisation classes every month and is dedicated to teaching youth and adults to build community through comedy.

Curious Comedy opens an improvised musical ensemble called Rhapsody! on Nov. 4th and 5th. Each night they improvise an entire musical comedy – from the story and the lyric to the music – inspired by audience suggestions. Rhapsody! features Jenn Hunter, Bri Pruett, Nathan Loveless, Stacey Hallal, Bob Ladewig and Katie Michels, with musical direction by Knute Snortum.


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Tickets to Rhapsody! are $15 ($12 in advance online); admission to all Saturday shows also includes free admission to 10:00 p.m. after-hours stand-up showcase. “Rhapsody!” begins at 8:00 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, through Saturday, November 19 (except Nov. 4).

Curious Comedy is also a popular venue for independent artists. On Nov. 5 and 6, it's Hero's Welcome, a puppet show for military families in honor of Veterans's Day. The venue hosts open-mic nights and film screenings. For tickets to their shows and more info visit their site: CuriousComedy.org.


badgirls

Grabel is a Portland writer who’s been teaching full-time at the Rosemont Rehabiliation Center and School. She’ll be performing this poem in a full show of prose poems about her eight years teaching there called badgirls (Dancing Moon Press, 2011).

Grabel recounts her experience teaching Language Arts & Poetry in the lockdown treatment center in Deep Southeast Portland. Her classroom is recreated with the help of Robin Rasmussen and Gina Grabel Sander. All of their words are the writings of past students of Grabel, who plays Teacher Lady.


Leanne Grabel in fake fur coat

Directed by Susan Banyas, with original music, photography and video design by Quincy Davis, lighting by Bill Boese, and sound consulting by Will Savery, badgirls presents the reality of Grabel’s Language Arts classroom, where poetry is as prevalent as paperclips.

Performances for badgirls are Nov. 4th and 5th at 8pm, Nov. 6th at 2pm. All shows are at Pacific Crest Community School at 116 NE 29th in Portland. Tickets are $10-20 sliding scale. No one is turned away. For reservations call 503-231-8482.

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at Radio23.org.

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.

Playwright Sandra de Helen + Worship In Pink event

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Tue, 10/25/2011

Dmae Roberts visits with playwright Sandra de Helen who’s receiving a reading of her play in NYC. We’ll also spotlight a community celebration of breast cancer survivors at the Worship In Pink event in the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Atrium.

Featured music by NW musician Molly Bauchham from her new CD Maid on the Shore. Hear her music at HarperMolly.com.

Portland writer Sandra de Helen’s play Blue Roses is being featured in a reading at the Dramatists Guild of America Friday Night Footlights program in October.Blue Roses tells the story of an imagined meeting of Tennessee William’s sister and Rosemary Kennedy at a mental instititution in Missouri. Blue Roses was previously presented in the PlayLab at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and in a Portland reading directed by Matt Zrebski.

De Helen’s previous work includes TheGodmother staged as part of Fertile Ground: New Works Festival. She also performed her play Copperheads and Common Women in 2009 at CoHo Theatre Company and Fertile Ground. Her 10-minute play The Thing Is was produced by Artists Repertory Theatre. De Helen is part of the multicultural playwriting group Penplay.

Dmae also features a short piece from her documentary The Breast Cancer Monologues. To hear the whole documentary, visit MediaRites Productions store at MediaRites.org.

The we hear from Kathy Kendrix, organizer of Worship in Pink, a community celebration that takes place on Sunday, October 30,  2- 6 p.m. in the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Atrium.

The event honors breast cancer survivors with exhibitors, booths, speakers, a reading of  The Breast Cancer Monologues by Dmae Roberts and a special performance by Sisters in Survival, a chorus of breast cancer survivors led by Julianne R. Johnson. For more information about Worship in Pink see the website,

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland’s Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

Portland Theatre Special

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Tue, 10/18/2011

Dmae Roberts presents an all theatre one-hour special with Milagro Theatre, Portland Playhouse and Third Rail Repertory Theatre. We'll explore what the mid-size companies up to this season.

First, Olga Sanchez, artistic director ofMilagro Theatre, talks about Viva La Revolucion: A Celebration of the Day of the Dead. This festive new play runs Oct. 20-Nov. 13 at Milagro Theatre, located 525 SE Stark Street in Portland.

Kevin Jones & Brenda Phillips in 'Gem of Ocean'

Then, a feature story on Portland Playhouse with Brian Weaver, co-founder and artistic director. We'll hear about their five-play season beginning with Gem of the Ocean by acclaimed playwright August Wilson running till Oct. 30th at the World Trade Center at 121 SW Salmon St. in Portland.

And we'll check in with Third Rail Repertory Theatre. The company is currently producing a controversial play called The Pain and The Itch by Bruce Norris. It focuses on an upper middle class family's response to a stranger in their house and their own culpability for the death of his wife. Artistic Director Slayden Scott Yarbrough will talk about the issues raised and the audience response to this highly charged play.

Third Rail Rep w/ Jacklyn Maddux, Lily Moser, Valerie Stevens & John San Nicolas/Photo: Owen Carey


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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

 

3 Leg Torso

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Tue, 10/11/2011

Host Dmae Roberts presents the founders of the popular Portland group, 3 Leg Torso, Bela Belogh & Courtney Von Drehle.

The original 'meester' street performers have turned 3 Leg Torso into a world class eclectic band. They'll presenting pieces from their new hit CD "Animals & Cannibals" and helping with the membership drive at KBOO by offering their CDs formemberships.

Balogh (violin and trumpet) and Von Drehle (accordion) began as street musicians. They called their performances 'Meestering' and developed a unique style that mixed Argentine tango with Klezmer and Hungarian music. Dmae profiled the band in 1999 for NPR's All Things Considered.

Courtney Von Drehle & Bela Balogh

Since that time, 3 Leg Torso has grown into a five-member ensemble. The group has composed music for two films by Academy Award-winning animator Joan Gratz. They've scored United Nations funded documentary about AIDS in Thailand. Von Drehle was awarded a fellowship at the Sundance Film Composers Lab. The band also been commissioned twice by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) to create new full-length works.

In his review of "Animals & Cannibals," the Oregonian's David Stabler wrote: "3 Leg stands out from other bands for a particular blend of soulful and driving beats enriched by harmony and humor..."

Check out their Fall schedule of concerts here!
 

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

defunkt theatre: Passion and Risk

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Tue, 10/04/2011

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts goes backstage with defunkt theatre with an audio tour and a candid talk with the company's three co-artistic directors: Matthew Kerns, Grace Carter and Lori Sue Hoffman. The ensemble company has cast two female lead actors in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. We'll find out about their passion to create risky theatre.

(Photo left by Holly Andres, Pictured: Grace Carter as Roma)

The Drammy-award-winning defunkt theatre is in its 12th season at their space behind the Common Grounds Coffee House in SE Portland. They've made a mark in Portland theatre for creating adventurous work on a tight budget. The ensemble works together mostly as a labor of love dedicating themselves to taking artistic risks. One such risk is casting two women in the two main roles in Glengarry Glen Ross, an often macho and aggressive play about competitive men in a real estate office.

Matthew Kerns, Grace Carter and Lori Sue Hoffman

Featured music is by Todd Barton at ToddBarton.com.

They'll also be producing Fire Island by Chuck Mee next spring. Mee is a playwright who posts his plays online and allows anyone to remake them in any form or genre.

Dmae talks with defunkt's leaders, Matthew Kerns, Grace Carter and Lori Sue Hoffman about the company's history, their adventures and how three people can amiably run a company together.

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, directed by Tamara Carroll. The show runs October 14 through November 19, 2011 Thursdays - Sundays at 8pm (no show October 16) at the Back Door Theater located at 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland.

Tickets are Pay-what-you-can Thursdays & Sundays, $10-$20 Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are encouraged as space is limited. Call 503-481-2960for reservations or visit defunktheatre.com.

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

Dancers Gregg Bielemier & Catherine Egan at Imato Theatre +OSF

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Tue, 09/27/2011

Dmae Roberts talks with dancers Gregg Bielemier and Catherine Egan who are featured in Imago Theatre's Zugzwang (Sept. 29 - Oct. 22). This is the fifth installment of creator Jerry Maowad's Opera Beyond Wordsseries. And in the last part of the show we'll also learn how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival overcame a potential disaster this summer.

Imago Theatre's Zugzwang is described as part theatre and part dance. This wordless opera centers on a man making a life-altering decision while playing poker. That man is performed by Gregg Bielemeier (pictured left), long-time dancer who's performed all over Europe and the West Coast. He's currently on the faculty at Conduit Dance.

Also featured in the show is Portland dancer Catherine Egan (pictured left) who is choreographing a piece for the Richard Foreman Mini-Festival on Oct. 8 and 9 at Performance Works NW.

Zugzwang runs Sept. 29 - Oct. 22 at Imago Theatre located at 17 SE 8th Ave. in Portland. For more info call (503) 231-581.

August: Osage County ensemble/ Photo courtesy of OSF 

We'll also hear from Amy Richard, the Media & Communication Manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We'll find out how OSF averted disaster when a beam broke at the mainstage Bowmer Theatre this summer. OSF quickly mobilized and performed productions in tents and other venues in Ashland and Medford. Though the company lost over $2 million in revenue, it managed to keep producing great theatre.

OSF's season runs till Nov. 6 in Ashland. (Photo: Bill Geisslinger, Robynn Rodriguez, Brent Hinkley, Terri MacMahon, Judith-Marie Bergan, Catherine E. Coulson,  Kate Mulligan, Tony DeBruno & Jeffrey King.)

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

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

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.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh's "The Language of Flowers"

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Tue, 09/20/2011

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with author Vanessa Diffenbaugh about her debut novel The Language of Flowers. This debut novel has been a hit in Europe and has recently launched in America. The book tells parallel stories of a young woman raised in the foster care system who finds redemption and a future through the Victorian language of flower arrangements. The movie rights for this powerful story was the subject of an auction. She's also creating a national movement to support those emancipated form the foster care system through her Camellia Network. 

Featured music is Violinist and Composer Aaron Meyer at AaronMeyer.com. 

Vanessa Diffenbaugh created a flower dictionary based on the long tradition of Victorian language of flowers which assigns emotions and meanings to specific flowers. And in her debut novel, The Language of Flowers, the meaning of a flower isn't exactly what you think it might be. For instance, a yellow rose could denote jealousy as opposed to adoration. Diffenbaugh takes this flower language to weave a coming-of-age tale of a young woman named Victoria who grew up in and out of foster homes until she was 18 and ended up on the streets of San Francisco homeless. Somehow through her broken childhood she develops a love and talent for tending flowers. By accident she lands a job in a flower shop and we learn how she came to have this love of flowers through flashbacks on a critical time in her life when she did have the love of a mother. The Language of Flowers has been critically praised and has had a successful European tour. 

"The overriding emotional message of The Language of Flowers has to do with family." NY Times Review.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children: Tre’von, eighteen; Chela, four; and Miles, three. Tre’von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship. Diffenbaugh and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is also the founder of the Camellia Network. The mission of the Camellia Network is to create a nationwide movement to support youth transitioning from foster care. In The Language of Flowers, Camellia [kuh-meel-yuh] means “My Destiny is in Your Hands.” The network’s name emphasizes the belief in the interconnectedness of humanity: each gift a young person receives will be accompanied by a camellia, a reminder that the destiny of our nation lies in the hands of our youngest citizens. For more information visit www.camellianetwork.org

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And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at Radio23.org.

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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