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.  

Matthew_Dmae_SamanthaJoining her is actor Matthew Kerrigan (featured in the photo) who will perform a monologue as Poe from the play and performs part of the interview as the mysterious Prince Prospero. Hear his eerily funny interview in character! 

Then we hear from musician/composer David Ornette Cherry who is debuting a new jazz and world music performance with movement, storytelling and installation art.

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Masque of the Red Death
By Edgar Allan Poe Featuring Playwrights West Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe

Runs at Shaking The Tree Theatre,1407 SE Stark St. in Portland. The show runs  through November 22nd 2014 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, and Sunday afternoons at 5:00pm).

*No show on Thursday November 6th*

The show is recommended for ages 14 & up.

Tickets are $25/ $20 Seniors & Students /$5 ages 19 and under Ticket includes a rice-paper mask made by artist Ivy Dixon You can book tickets online at or by calling the box office at 503 235-0635


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By David Ornette Cherry (featured in the photo)

Directed By Susan Banyas
November 1, 2014 – November 2, 2014

Organic Nation Listening Club is a music performance evening by jazz and world music composer David Ornette Cherry. Integrating storytelling, visual art/installation, and his Organic Nation band, David takes the audience into a deep listening space of images and emotional landscapes that evoke his childhood of growing up in Watts, surrounded by “free jazz” innovators, the Watts Prophets, funk garage bands, Young Souls, the junior high theatre group and the Locke High School Marching Band. The music, humor, warmth and political awareness from this “multi-culti” origins is integrated into a positive, spiritually uplifting and innovative jazz/performance evening.

Check out the video trailer here.

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