Stories From Home

Aug 10, 2014 Comments Off by

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Dmae Roberts talks with Polo Catalani of the Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council about their “Stories From Home” event featuring immigrant and refugee writers and musicians. We’ll be featuring two of the artists at the event–Palestinian American writer Mohammad Bader and a special feature on Bhutanese poet Moti Rizal as part of “Migrations” – […]

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Moh Alileche – Algerian Berber Music

Aug 02, 2014 Comments Off by

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Dmae Roberts presents a special feature on Moh Alileche, master of Algerian Berber music. Berbers are an indigenous ethnicity of Northern Africa. The culture dates back more than 5000 years.  Alileche came to the U.S. in 1990  shortly before the civil war in Algeria started. Now he performs Berber music while educating people about his former homeland and his […]

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More Shakespeare!

Jul 19, 2014 Comments Off by

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Dmae Roberts talks withAnon It Moves and String House Theatre and Original Practice Shakespeare Festival. We’ll hear from directors Elizabeth Watt, Emily Gregory and actor Erica Terpening-Romeo from two young companies collaborating on productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. And in the latter part of the show Brian Allard of OPSfest joins us to talk about an unusual  A Midsummer […]

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JAW 2014

Jul 13, 2014 Comments Off by

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Dmae Roberts has a behind-the-scenes and on-location talk with Rose Riordan, associate artistic director of Portland Center Stage and director of JAW: A Playwright’s Festival 2014. We’ll hear how she started off this 16-year old festival with “a bag of bagels” to grow into a huge weekend of four plays and a multitude of events. Not […]

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Tale of 2 Shakespeare Plays

Jul 06, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts features two backstage interviews at her home studio about two Shakespeare plays about to open in Portland at two different companies: Portland Shakespeare Project and Post 5 Theatre.  First she talks with founding artistic director Michael Mendelson of the Portland Shakespeare Project. They’re producing The Tempest at  Artists Rep’s Alder stage. The production stars veteran actress Linda Alper as […]

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Conduit Celebrates 20 Years

Jun 28, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts welcomes artistic director Tere Mathern of Conduit Dance in downtown Portland. She was part of the collective of contemporary dancers who wanted to create a space for dancers to create new work to perform. She’s been taking ont the day to day operations of Conduit. She’ll tell us about the Dance+ Performance Festival of […]

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PAE Turns 45!

Jun 22, 2014 Comments Off

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Portland abounds with summer Shakespeare but Portland Actors Ensemble has been producing Shakespeare in the Parks for the last 45 years. PAE kick things off a culturally innovative outdoor productions Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We’ll hear from director Elizabeth Huffman and actors Andrea White & Matt DiBiasio in Antony and Cleopatra + Artistic Director Michael Godsey tells us […]

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PHAME Turns 30 + Three Sisters Nixtamal

Jun 15, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts talks with PHAME executive director Stephen Marc Beaudoin and artistic director Jessica Dart about the  30th anniversary of the organization. Both are gifted artists who have worked to built PHAME into one of the premiere nonprofit community arts groups in Portland. We’ll hear how PHAME has created arts training and activities for adults with developmental […]

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Lisa See’s China Dolls

Jun 01, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts talks with acclaimed author Lisa See whose new book, China Dolls, features the era of the Asian American nightclubs during the 1930s to 50s. Her previous books, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy focused mainly on characters living in China and some who have emigrated. In China Dolls she focuses on three friends American born […]

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Breaking The Silence

May 24, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae talks with playwright Nikki Nojima Louis who has been featuring her Japanese-American oral history play Breaking The Silence to different communities around the country. Actress and dancer Chisao Hata and actor Larry Toda are featured in the staged reading of Breaking the Silence on 2:30pm on May 31st in collaboration with Portland Center Stage. We’ll talk […]

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Shake It – A Modern Polaroid Love Story

May 16, 2014 Comments Off

Stage & Studio presents a documentary special about our cultural love of Polaroid pictures, the pre-digital era Instagram! Tune in for Shake It – A Modern Polaroid Love Story a one-hour documentary co-produced by Megan Jones and Vanessa Lowe. Hear preview clips on SoundCloud! Taking and sharing instant digital photos these days is second nature. […]

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The Jim Pepper Project

May 03, 2014 Comments Off

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Tune in for special membership edition featuring music of Native American jazz legend Jim Pepper in new original show at Triangle Productions. Dmae Roberts talks with playwright/director Don Horn about the legacy of Jim Pepper.  Horn is staging a music and storytelling tribute to this famed musician and features Chochise Anderson as Pepper, Edmo as his grandfather and performers Karen […]

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Olga Sanchez: On Location At Milagro

Apr 18, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts talks on location with actress, director Olga Sanchez, artistic director of Milagro Theatre. They cover everything from her featured role in Learn To Be Latina running May 1 – 31, 2014 and Milagro’s upcoming season as they close their current 30th anniversary season. Tune in for a slice of life interview with a talented theatre artist juggling […]

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Anna Sheehan’s “A Long, Long Sleep”

Apr 04, 2014 Comments Off

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Join Dmae Roberts for an in-depth look at Oregon author Anna Sheehan and her debut novel A Long, Long Sleep. As a mix of young adult and science fiction, this impressive work is a futuristic take on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty picking up AFTER the heroine wakes up. Dmae happened upon this Oregon writer after a friend introduced her to […]

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Action Adventure’s “Sidekicks”

Mar 29, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae features Action Adventure Theatre’s new serial play in four parts - Sidekicks - a scripted improv comedy about the sidekicks of superheroes. We’ll hear from AAT’s Pat Moran and writer Emily Gregory about their process to create this novel approach to episodic stage plays. We’ll also hear about a staged reading of Philip Kan Gotanda’s Yankee Dawg You Die in the […]

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Will Vinton & The Kiss

Mar 15, 2014 Comments Off

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Guest host  S.W. Conser features Oscar-winning filmmaker and the creator of Claymation, Will Vinton who’s teamed up with platinum-selling composer and musician David Pomeranz. They’re about to launch The Kiss at Lakewood Theatre with plans to take it to a Broadway stage. We’ll hear music from the production and find out how they’ve collaborated on this imaginative adaptation of The Frog Prince. […]

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Well Arts – The Unexpected Guest

Mar 08, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts features Katy Liljeholm of Well Arts Institute  director Heath Hyun Houghton and actor Bonnie Littleton and writer Gary Gilbert from The Unexpected Guest,  a new theatre performance written by people living with Multiple Sclerosis. We’ll find out how actors and writers worked together on an original collaboration.  Well Arts is a creative arts-in-healing nonprofit  that produces original theatre […]

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A Small Fire + Tartuffe

Mar 01, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts features Portland Center Stage’s A Small Fire by  Adam Bock. We’ll talk with the two lead actors. Peggy J. Scott and Tom Bloom. in the play to talk about what happens to two people when a partner falls ill.  Both have extensive careers in regional theatre and well-known films and television appearances. In the latter part of the […]

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POW Fest!

Feb 21, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae features the 7th annual Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) which runs  March 6 – 9, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre. We’ hear from Christine Autrand Mitchell  programming manager of POWFest and filmmakers Kimberly Warner (in studio) and special guest Joanna Priestly (via phone).   We’ll also hear a feature interview with playwright David Zellnic talking […]

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PIFF 37

Feb 02, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae talked to Morgen Ruff, exhibition program assistant and Nick Bruno, pr/marketing assistant both from the Northwest Film Center. They filled in for Bill Foster who was ill (get well, Bill!) and talked the 37th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF 37), February 6th- 22nd.  Featured music is David Ornette Cherry. Hear his music DavidOrnetteCherry.com.  (Show encores  11am Sat […]

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Fertile Ground 2014

Jan 18, 2014 Comments Off

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Fertile Ground City‐Wide Festival of New Work is back. Dmae talks with festival director Nicole Lane and two of the groups features: Playwrite with executive director/founder Bruce Livingston and Passin’ Art Theatre with director Jaye Austin Williams of American King Umps. Now in it’s sixth year, Portland plays host to hundreds of playwrights, actors, dancers and designers and […]

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Chinglish at PCS

Jan 11, 2014 Comments Off

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Join Dmae for a special look David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Portland Center Stage with director May Adrales and actors Tina Chilip and Peter O’Connor. We’ll hear about what’s like to work on a bilingual Chinese/English play and about the cultural and language differences permeating this comedic look at international relations. Delving deeply into language […]

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David Henry Hwang, Master Playwright

Jan 05, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae features David Henry Hwang, Tony award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly, The Dance and the Railroad and Chinglish which soon opens on Jan. 11-Feb. 9 at Portland Center Stage.  For the last 30 years, Hwang has had a prolific career on the stage and screen and expanded into opera projects with Phillip Glass and musical theatre adaptions like Disney’s Aida with Elton […]

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POV Dance

Jan 05, 2014 Comments Off

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In a special 11:30am edition of Stage & Studio, features POV Dance about an unususal dance and multimedia installation performance in the historic landmark building Leftbank. Dmae talks with POV co-artistic director Noel Plemmons and Mandy Cregan and project designer/ filmmaker Patrick Weishampel  POV Dance presents 3×3, an original architecturally-based work of contemporary dance, set in the three integrated […]

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Raising Cane: Hawaii’s Labor & Resistance

Dec 29, 2013 Comments Off

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Stage & Studio presents a special documentary from the “Crossing East” Asian Pacific American history series, winner of the 1996 Peabody award. This is excerpted from the “Raising Cane” segment by Robynn Takayama and Dmae Roberts. For more info on the series visit: http://crossingeast.org PART ONE: “Hard Labor” narrated by Dann Seki. First they used Hawaiian labor on […]

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A Circus Carol

Dec 14, 2013 Comments Off

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Sometimes you just want Scrooge to sing and all the characters to do acrobatics. That’s what happens in A Circus Carol, the brainchild of Wanderlust Circus and 3 Leg Torso. Dmae talks with Noah Mickens of Wanderlust who plays Scrooge and Bela Balogh of 3 Leg about their collaboration and we’ll hear clips from the […]

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Rethinking Holiday Shows

Dec 07, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Portland Revels 2013 + OSF on Broadway

Dec 01, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Singlehandedly + Our Town

Nov 17, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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GRIMM Actor Tales

Nov 09, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Jamie Ford: Songs of Willow Frost

Nov 02, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Margaret Cho: Comedienne, Actress & Singer

Oct 27, 2013 Comments Off

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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, […]

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Wilde Tales + The Submission

Sep 21, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Julie Wu – The Third Son

Sep 18, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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White Bird Dance + NWCTS

Sep 15, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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TBA Festival 2013

Sep 08, 2013 Comments Off

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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.  _________________________________ TBA, a Portland tradition, brings together inter-disciplinary innovative  contemporary art performances, exhibits, installations in movement, performance, music, visual art, and […]

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In the Mix

Sep 02, 2013 Comments Off

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 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 […]

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David Walker & The Color of Film

Aug 24, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald + WRAP

Aug 10, 2013 Comments Off

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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. […]

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Breaking The Silence + Paw Project

Aug 02, 2013 Comments Off

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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, […]

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True West/OSAR

Jul 20, 2013 Comments Off

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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, […]

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Flat Track Around The World

Jul 13, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Summer Shakespeare 2013

Jul 05, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Pitch To Mix Workshop

Jun 12, 2013 Comments Off

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 […]

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Grit & Grace: Brian Lindstrom

Jun 02, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Somewhere In Time-The Musical

May 25, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Refugee Dreams Revisited

May 20, 2013 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts and MediaRites present Refugee Dreams Revisted as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This special is hosted by Margaret Cho and focuses on the experiences of Southeast Asian refugees in Portland, and features Cambodian musician Daran Kravanh.

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Herstory/History Plays

May 11, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Left Hand Of Darkness Onstage

Apr 27, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Artists Rep & New Directions

Apr 13, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Cheryl Strayed: On Writing, Family & Success

Apr 06, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Guapa At Milagro+Arts Tax Update

Mar 16, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Insatiable + Black Grace

Mar 09, 2013 Comments Off

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Portland Taiko’s Insatiable is a new compositions exploring as they say “the possibilities of the art form of taiko through contemporary reflections on Japanese folk dance.”

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Sowelu’s Hard Times

Mar 02, 2013 Comments Off

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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, […]

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Remembering Octavia Butler

Feb 24, 2013 Comments Off

As part of Black History Month, I thought I would call attention to a writer I’ve “discovered” in the last two years. I’ve long been a fan of science-fiction literature, but had not read any for at least a decade or more except for the writings of Portland’s Ursula K. Le Guin. Then a close […]

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Philip Kan Gotanda: Timeless Playwright

Feb 23, 2013 Comments Off

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A conversation with Philip 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 […]

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Documentaries of PIFF 36

Feb 02, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Scott Carrier, Writer & Radio Veteran

Jan 28, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Susan Mach’s Two Plays

Jan 21, 2013 Comments Off

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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 […]

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Ing ‘Doc’ Hay-Frontier Herbalist

May 05, 2013 No Comments

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 […]

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