Stage and Studio

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts.  Aired Live from the KBOO studio.

Each week Dmae Roberts talks with performing, literary and media artists from the Portland Metro area as well as around the Northwest.  As a two-time Peabody award-winning radio producer and writer, Roberts brings national quality to regional arts scene. Dmae often features her national radio work on Stage and Studio.If you have an event please send an email to stagenstudio@aol.com two months before your event.   The earlier the better!

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Episode Archive

La Santa Cecilia

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Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia is a band whose music draws from Cumba, Klezmer, rock and many other forces! They hail from Los Angeles, where community politics and immigration issues serve as an inspiration from their music, as seen in this awesome cover of Strawberry Fields Forever and his chilling production of Ice El Hielo. They won the 2014 Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album for their album "Treinta Días". Their latest album "Someday New", is on sale now.

O Romeo & New Now Wow

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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'O Romeo' at Miracle Theatre & 'New Now Wow' at NW Dance Project
What would October be without a Day of the Dead celebration? Dmae Roberts checks in Olga Sanchez, artistic director of Miracle Theatre who has put together a new Dia de los Muertos meets Shakespeare's famous dead characters. We'll find out which Shakespearean character Sanchez has brought back to life (sort of) in this inventive concept. It's all part of Portland's 400th year anniversary committment to produce all of Shakespeare's sworks within two years. And in the second part of the show, Sarah Slipper artistic director of NW Dance Project fill us in on "New Now Wow" - three piece created by  world-class master choreographers including Portland's Minh Tran. 

PCS + White Bird Dance

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Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
One-hour with Portland Center Stage + White Bird Dance new season!
Support the arts on KBOO by tuning into a special one-hour Stage & Studio with Dmae Roberts. First up, we feature the Tony-award-winning broadway musical and Oscar-winning "Dreamgirls" at Portland Center Stage.

Dámaso Rodriguez, artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre

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Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dámaso Rodriguez, artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre

Dmae Roberts checks in with Dámaso Rodriguez, artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre. After a season of plays that didn't differ too much from the Artists Rep's past seasons, Rodriguez opened the most diverse season in the company's history starting with Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel and Carlos Lacámara's Exiles.

From Tonga To Tonkin

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Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
From Tonga To Tonkin
Dmae Roberts presents a two-part Stage & Studio focusing on the songs and stories of Tongan sewing circle in Portland as well as a play celebrating the heroic stand of Senator Wayne Morse, one of two congressman to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

First, Dmae gives us a feature on Portland's Tongan community through the stories Kato Kakala Kavapalu and Kolini Fusitua for the Migrations project  focusing on little known immigrant and refugee arts in the Portland area. We'll hear about the Pacific Islander Sewing Circle, a group of women who get together to sew and sing in beautiful harmonies as they work. Learn how this one group is the hub for hundreds of Tongan families in the Northwest.  

The Piano Lesson

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Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson"
Dmae Roberts talks with director Kevin Jones and actor Chantal DeGroat about August Wilson's The Piano Lesson about to open at Portland Playhouse.  Tune in for an insightful talk about this sixth production of Wilson's American Century Cycle that opens the 7th season of Portland Playhouse. ​We'll hear about the play as well the August Wilson Red Door Project, an organization with a mission to change the racial ecology of Portland that Jones co-founded and now runs as artistic director.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu

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Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Comedian Hari Kondabolu Awaits the Year 2042
Comedian Hari Kondabolu is coming back to Portland September 26-27! The New York-based comic has been featured on Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, and was a writer for "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell." Known for his political style of humor, he recently released his first album, "Waiting for 2042", the year when white people will be the statistical minority in the United States. 

He joins guest host Sarika Mehta for a live phone interview on Stage & Studio to talk about his adventures in comedy and his album "Waiting for 2042". 

Merci-Murder

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Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Sans Merci & Murder On The Ganges

In business, the word "diversify" means to become more diverse or enlarge a field of operation. Portland's performance scene still has a ways to go in representing diverse races and cultures that live here. Two companies--one in theatre and the other in dance--are run by leaders committed to diversifying the landscape in performance through their productions. We talk with Antonio Sonera of Badass Theatre Company who's directing Sans Merci and Anita Menon of the Anjali School of Dance who's creating Murder On The Ganges.

Unit Souzou

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Unit Souzou Presents Saisei - New Beginnings
Artists have their fair share of doors closing on them. But it's how you open new doors that helps define your strength as an artist. Michelle Fujii was artistic director of Portland Taiko for nine years. Toru Watanabe, her husband, had an artistic staff position for six years. Suddenly this summer, the PT board decided to restructure the organization, and they eliminated Fujii's position. Watanabe made the decision to leave with her.

Simon Tam and The Slants

Program: 
Stage and Studio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Simon Tam
Guest Host Sarika Mehta interviews Simon Tam is the bassist of Portland's very own Chinatown dance rock band, The Slants. The band is beloved worldwide and has even gained recognition from younger audiences, survivors of Japanese internment camps and everyone in between! However, they are in the middle of a five-year lawsuit with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The band is made up of all Asian American members, yet the US Patent & Trademark Office claims their rejection on the basis of the band's name being racist. 

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Thara Memory and S. Renee Mitchell

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Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 02/15/2011

Dmae talks with Portland Jazz great Thara Memory and Librettist S. Renee Mitchell about Sherman: A Jazz Opera opening at Ethos-IFCC during Black History Month. Sherman highlights Portland's jazz history during the 1940s-50s, a high point of jazz when a growth of African American families moved into the North Williams Ave.

We learn about some of the hidden history of Portland's jazz scene and the African American musicians who made the music. According to Thara Memory, much of that history is being lost daily as older musicians pass away and their history is ignored. "Sherman: A Jazz Opera" is perhaps the only actual jazz opera in America and it works to remember the legacy of Portland's greatest music makers.

Thara Memory has been working for a couple decades on the music for this show that centers on Sherman Thomas a gifted saxophonist who mesmerized audiences in smoky jazz clubs at a time when the African Americans during WWII came to Portland to build war ships and also brought their East Coast music dubbing North Williams Avenue, the "Black Broadway."

S. Renee Mitchell is an award-winning former newspaper journalist nominated for the Pulitzer twie. She brings her taleents as performer, singer, poet and playwright to create the libretto for this true African American opera.

Performing Thara Memory's score in Sherman: A Jazz Opera are some of Portland's best musicans including Janice Scroggins, Reggie Houston and La Rhonda Steele. '

The show runs February 18-27 at Ethos @ IFCC located at 5340 N. Interstate Ave. in Portland. Donations are sought for a larger production due in 2012. Contact Ms. Mitchell for further details.

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Portland International Film Festival and Writers Read

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 02/08/2011

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

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

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

Of Gods and Men

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sawako Decides

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

Plus on this show....

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

Tracy Burkholder

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

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

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Bridge of the Gods

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

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

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

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

 Nancy Aldrich & Ed Edmo

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

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Threads, Writers Read, and Chinese New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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Stories From The Streets & Ernest Bloch

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

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

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

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

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

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Ernest Bloch: The Man and His Music

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

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

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

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Three Women Playwrights

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

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

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

 

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

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

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The Best of Stage and Studio 2010

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

End the year with the best of Stage and Studio of 2010 on December 28th. Host and producer Dmae Roberts presents a special end-of-year show with features on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Allen Nause & Artists Repertory Theatre, and Eugene Ballet.  These three arts groups have withstood the test of time and have survived, thrived and excelled in their art for decades.

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

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

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

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

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

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

Dmae Roberts presents her Oregon Treasures documentary on Sitka Center for Art and Ecology which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. This special also features Kim Stafford, veteran writer and teacher who has taught many workshops at Sitka.

The picturesque center nestled in beautiful old growth forest of Sitka Spruce has nourished the talents of writers, visual artists and scientists for four decades. Through workshops and residencies, the Sitka Center remains a cherished place of learning for people throughout the Northwest and Northern California.

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

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

 Photo Credit: Richard Jensen Additional Photos: Sitka Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Molly Gloss and the Heroines of the American West

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 12/14/2010

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

Molly Gloss was a finalist the PEN/Faulkner award for American fiction foThe Jump-Off Creek about a woman who homesteads in Oregon in 1895 and won the James Tiptree Jr. Award for her novel Wild Life about an early 20th century feminist in Washington. Her newest work is The Hearts of Horses—the story of a young woman who breaks horses in Eastern Oregon.

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

Hear more Oregon Treasures features!

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