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Arthur Dong – Forbidden City, USA

Nov 01, 2014 Comments Off on Arthur Dong – Forbidden City, USA by

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Dmae talks with Arthur Dong, a Peabody-winning filmmaker who has written a book based on his research and  film: Forbidden City, USA. Dong’s 1989 film aired on PBS’ American Experience program.  Now 25 years later, he put together a comprehensive document of photos and stories from the original performers from 1936-1970. Read Dmae’s Asian Reporter […]

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Shaking The Tree + Organic Listening Club

Oct 25, 2014 Comments Off on Shaking The Tree + Organic Listening Club by

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Host Dmae Roberts talks features two original shows in different disciplines. First up, artistic director Samantha Van Der Merwe of Shaking The Tree Theatre talks about creating an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” with the writer so Playwright’s West.   Joining her is actor Matthew Kerrigan (featured in the photo) […]

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O Romeo & New Now Wow

Oct 11, 2014 Comments Off on O Romeo & New Now Wow by

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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 characters Sanchez has brought back to life (sort of) the  inventive concept of […]

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PCS + White Bird Dance

Oct 05, 2014 Comments Off on PCS + White Bird Dance by

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 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. We’ll talk with two actreeses Antoinette Comer from Dreamgirls and Laura Faye Smith who just opened The Typographer’s Dream. We hear more about two very different shows and hear about two actresses working in […]

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The New Artists Rep

Sep 28, 2014 Comments Off on The New Artists Rep

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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. The rest of the season offers plays such as Tribes that […]

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From Tonga to Tonkin

Sep 20, 2014 Comments Off on From Tonga to Tonkin

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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, off a feature on Portland’s Tongan community through the stories […]

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The Piano Lesson

Sep 14, 2014 Comments Off on The Piano Lesson

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Dmae Roberts talks with director Kevin Jones and actress 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 […]

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Sans Merci & Murder on The Ganges

Sep 01, 2014 Comments Off on Sans Merci & Murder on The Ganges

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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 […]

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New Beginnings With Unit Souzou

Aug 23, 2014 Comments Off on New Beginnings With Unit Souzou

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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 […]

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Stories From Home

Aug 10, 2014 Comments Off on Stories From Home

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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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