Finding holiday fare to produce in a theatre season can be a difficult task. A theatre can only do so many Charles Dickens and Christmas movie adaptations before looking for more offbeat choices. Dmae focuses on two plays that are wildly different from each other: Artists Repertory Theatre’s Xmas Unplugged directed by Louanne Moldovan and Rusty [...]
For 19 years, Portland Revels has brought a festive blend of folklore, music, dance and cultural traditions all year long to culminate in the spectacle production of Christmas Revels (Dec. 6-15). Join Dmae for a talk and live concert with executive director Debby Garman, Vagabond Opera’s Eric Stern and director Bruce Hostetler. We’ll hear tales and [...]
What’s it like to be a Wesen or a Hexenbiest? For the last two years, many area actors have found work on NBC’s hit show GRIMM. A cop drama inspired by a twisted version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the television show has brought work to actors, designers and crew throughout the Portland area. Dmae talks [...]
Dmae Roberts talks to New York Times bestseller list author Jamie Ford about his newest book Songs of Willow Frost. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two people—a 12-year-old Chinese-American boy with dreams for his future and a woman he believes to be his mother who is escaping her haunted past. Both [...]
Dmae Roberts talks with Emmy & Grammy- nominated comedian and actress, Margaret Cho who’s coming to Portland Nov. 15th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Cho, who was host of Dmae’s 8-hour Crossing East Asian Pacific American radio series, has a new stand-up comedy show called MOTHER. We’ll hear about her tour experiences, creative process, her music, [...]
The fairy tales of Oscar Wilde at Shaking The Tree Theatre and a racial pride and prejudice story at defunkt Theatre. Artistic director Samantha Van der Merwe joins Dmae with playwright Karin Magaldi and actor Samson Syharath of Wilde Tales. We’ll hear about lesser known tales of self-sacrifice and loyalty.
And then we’ll feature defunkt [...]
What immediately drew me to Julie Wu’s debut novel The Third Son were the similarities of her setting and time to my mom’s story and history.
Set in Taiwan during World War II, the novel opens in 1943. An eight-year-old boy named Saburo, lives in fear of his abusive family one moment and is running for [...]
New season openings abound in September. Dmae talks international and national dance with White Bird’s Walter Jaffe and Paul King and then she checks in with Sarah Jane Hardy artistic director of NW Children’s Theatre’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’ adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel. (Encores 11am Sat (9/21) on KZME 107.1FM)
Now in it’s 16th season, [...]
The power of a great story and a classic play re-imagined
Dmae Roberts talks with Portland Story Theater about their New Works Solo series, Singlehandedly, with co-founder Lynne Duddy and guest artist Denis Gessing. Then we’ll hear about the enduring legacy of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town. John Berendzen tells us about Liminal’s multimedia 2.0 version of [...]
Dmae talks with artistic director Angela Mattox and dancer Linda Austin about the Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) September 12th–22nd. We’ll also hear music from Third Angle New Music Ensemble preparing for their TBA performances.
Angela Mattox & LindaAustin
TBA, a Portland tradition, brings together inter-disciplinary innovative contemporary art performances, exhibits, installations in movement, performance, music, visual art, [...]
In The Mix: Conversations with Artists…Between Races by Dmae Roberts is a radio exploration of mixed-race artists. Through the voices of artists who have dedicated their lives to building bridges and talking about interracial experiences through their art. This part two of a one-hour documentary Jan. 12, 2008.
In this half-hour you’ll hear Novelist Lisa See (Peony [...]
Join Dmae Roberts and guest speaker David F. Walker, a filmmaker, writer and culture critic and a leading expert in 70s blaxploitation films. Walker talked with students at MHCC’s Integrated Media non-fiction filmmaking class and commented the lack of color and racial diversity in most media today as well as what it takes to make [...]
Veteran filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald has built a career taking on danger zones and tough subjects and creating beautiful and moving documentaries. Dmae Roberts features his newest work-in-progress project Oregon Divide looking into the contentious and controversial issue of gun control. We’ll also hear an excerpt of his talk last Spring at MHCC’s Integrated Media program. [...]
To remember Hiroshima day, Stage & Studio features actress and dancer Chisao Hata who performed an American play in Hiroshima. Breaking the Silence is a bilingual play about the Japanese American experience. She talked with Dmae Roberts before her trip to Japan. And in the latter part of the show, we hear from Dr. Jennifer Conrad, [...]
Nothing binds you together nor tears you apart like family, especially if it’s a Sam Shepard family. Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab brings us True West, Shepard’s tale of sibling rivalry. Dmae talks with artistic director Devon Allen and actors Matt DiBiasio and Kenneth Baldino who portray the two brothers. And in the second half, [...]
Filmmakers Cynthia Lopez and Juvie Hall want to talk to women roller derby players around the world. Join Dmae for a look at the their new work-in-progress documentary series Flat Track Around The World that filmed in Mexico. We’ll hear clips from the film and find out how they’re getting ready for their next round of [...]
Join Dmae for a special hour-long show on summer Shakespeare. We’ll hear about Portland Shakespeare Project’s Taming of the Shrew and their companion play deconstructing Petruchio. And then we’ll travel to Ashland for a talk with actress Nell Geisslinger who’s performing a sizzling rocker Katherina in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Taming of the Shrew. And in [...]
Pitch To Mix Workshop
Instructors: Dmae Roberts & Clark Salisbury
Two separate workshops on two different weekend dates to choose from:
August 3rd & 4th
Times: Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Location: Mt. Community College’s Integrated Media Program.
Cost: $285 (for early registration by July 30th- afterward $300)
Contact: MediaRites @ aol.com
Explore the art of the audio feature story with Peabody-winning MediaRites [...]
Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom recently came to talk to Dmae Roberts’ nonfiction filmmaking class at Mt. Hood Community College’s Integrated Media Program. He talked about his career of making films depicting the grit and grace of life. Hear his inspiring talk to emerging filmmakers featuring his critically successful film Alien Boy: the life and death of James Chasse which [...]
Portland Center Stage and an award-winning team of Broadway veterans are creating a world premiere musical based on the film ‘Somewhere in Time’- a time travel fantasy that starred the late Christopher Reeve. Dmae Roberts talks with Ken Davenport who first fell in love with the movie and aimed to create a new book for [...]
A new look at two classic Lesbian and Gay plays: The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman and The Boys In the Band by Mart Crowley. defunkt Theatre with director Jon Kretzu gives two plays that broke new ground to focus on homosexuality in mainstream America. Well hear from the director and two defunkt members, Grace [...]
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 award-winning author Le Guin on this new staging. Dmae Roberts talks with Ursula K. Le Guin, director Jonathan Walters [...]
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. Find out more about [...]
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 [...]
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. Dmae Roberts finds out about this new work with artistic director Olga Sanchez. We’ll also hear from Jorge Huerta, leading Latin American Theatre expert.
In the second half. [...]
Stage & Studio takes a look at Sowelu Theatre’s Hard Times Come Again No More, by Martha Boesing which is 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 writer Bing Bingham in northern, [...]
A conversation with 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. Dmae Roberts talks with Gotanda about the unexpected pathway of his career, several of his plays and films and his experiences adapting his Japanese American family [...]
Get an overview of the 36th Portland International Film Festival with Bill Foster, executive director of the NW Film Festival. He’s joined by Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom whose documentary Alien Boy: The Life And Death of James Chasse. Dmae Roberts has this overview of PIFF 36 plus more about Portland filmmakers featured at the festival [...]
Are you starting to feel left behind in the digital divide? Do you know someone who doesn’t understand social media and would like help handling it? Are you a professional looking to make yourself more employable or wanting to fund your projects? MediaRites is offering low-cost weekend afternoon seminars to help you with your creative projects.
Hear about the work of Peabody-winning radio producer and writer, Scott Carrier. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carrier has produced documentaries that have been heard on nearly every major public radio show including This American Life. His stories have been published by Harpers, Mother Jones, Esquire and Rolling stone and is the author of [...]
Dmae Roberts talks with Playwright Susan Mach about her two new world premieres. Playwrights can labor for years (and do!) without the fortune of a professional production. This fall Mach opened two plays, The Lost Boy at Artists Repertory Theatre and A Noble Failure at Third Rail Repertory Theatre.Both shows are running as part of the Fertile [...]
Dmae Roberts and MediaRites presents Ing ‘Doc’ Hay-Frontier Herbalist as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In the dry sagebrush hills of Eastern Oregon, a thriving Chinatown emerged, thanks in large part to an unusual doctor named Ing Hay. His medical practice was located in a general store named the Kam Wah Chung in John [...]
Guest host S.W. Conser talks with Theatre Vertigo director Bobby Bermea and actors Karen Wennstrom and Tom Mounsey all from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” – adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Dmae Roberts presents a preview of her interview with NY Times bestselling author Jamie Ford and his newest book “Songs of Willow Frost.”
More about [...]
From Day of the Dead to taiko, two of the top professional multicultural performance groups in Portland offer new artistic celebrations. First up, Dmae talks with artistic director Olga Sanchez and director Lakin Valdez from Milagro Theatre’s Dia de los muertos show, Corrido Calavera. And later we hear from Michelle Fujii of Portland Taiko about Making Waves 2013 [...]