Dmae talks with one of the most inventive directors in Portland, Samantha Van Der Merwe, artistic director of Shaking The Tree Theatre.  We’ll hear about her original work devised with the cast and designers, Head. Hands. Feet:Tales of Dismemberment, which combines three lesser-known fairy tales with an epic Greek tragedy. The show runs through Nov. 5th. And in the last part of the show we’ll hear a Writer’s Read segment from Central Oregon author Bing Bingham, whose newest e-book is Shaped By The Land: Stories of the Rural American West as Told in the Dusty Dog Cafe will be available later this month.

(Aired at 11am Tues 10/11/16 on KBOO 90.7FM.)


26b072cf-fa0e-4908-921a-7cfaf7d9a57cMore about Shaking The Tree Theatre production:

Head. Hands. Feet:Tales of Dismemberment, an ensemble-devised play includes as Act 1,  Bluebeard by Charles Perrault, The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Anderson, and The Handless Maiden by The Brothers Grimm. They are three unscripted fairy tales whose female protagonists are placed in the most dire and perilous situations imaginable. Act 2 features the classic Greek drama, Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis, adapted by Irish playwright Edna O’Brien.

Head . Hands . Feet.
~Tales of Dismemberment
Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe

stt_preopen_2Bluebeard by Charles Perrault
The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Anderson
The Handless Maiden by The Brothers Grimm
Iphigenia by Euripides (adapted by Edna O’Brien)

A  dark descent into the wild terrain of fairytale and myth. Featuring set design by Rhiza Architecture & Design

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, and Sun at 5pm.
+ a special Halloween show on 10/31 at 7:30pm.
Shaking The Tree Warehouse, 823 SE Grant St. (corner of SE 9th & Grant), in Portland.


Bing Bingham
Bing Bingham

More info on Bing Bingham.

Bing Bingham lives on a remote ranch in Northern Central Oregon where he works as an independent writer, photographer and radio producer. Check out his web column Dusty Dog Cafe at  Many of his blog essays are included in his book: Shaped By The Land: Stories of the Rural American West as Told in the Dusty Dog Cafe.