Archive: December 6, 2014

In The Mix

Listen to an excerpt featuring Phillip Blanchett, Robert Karimi and Phyllis Fast 

Mixed Race is the fastest growing minority in America. The arts have opened up new ideas through colorblind casting, fusion in music, visual art, and literature. Just as each racial/ethnic group influences and changes artistic styles and movements, Mixed Race artists help to create fusion and bridges cultural and traditional differences.

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Lady Buddha (1997-2001)

By Dmae Roberts

Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil

Dmae Roberts, Ping Khaw-Sutherland and Elaine Low presented a series of 40-minute readings from the stage play Lady Buddha at Multnomah County libraries during Asian Heritage month in May 2001.Those who enjoyed the MediaRites production in June 1997 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center featuring stories of Kuan Yin, the Asian Goddess of compassion and mercy now have a chance to see the new version of the play.

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Tell Me, Jamie Bigo (1997-1998)

By Dmae Roberts

Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil

Tell Me, Janie Bigo is an original romantic comedy with magic and music; one of a handful of plays around the country that allows Asian Americans a romantic and comedic side. This fast-paced and energetic play tells the story of Janie Bigo, an Amerasian trying to carve out a life for herself in Portland as leader of a girl group called The Bigos (which means America in Taiwanese), and of her romance with Buck Tanaka, a magician who inadvertantly saves her life when someone tries to kill her.

This play was first produced in Seattle at the Northwest Asian American Theatre in 1997 and was rewritten for Portland audiences and produced at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in 1998 under the direction of Carmela Lanza-Weil and featured veteran actress Elaine Low (see photo).

Community Events: Refugee Dreams Revisited

On Saturday, August 6th, MediaRites held an event at IRCO to celebrate the completion of ‘Refugee Dreams Revisited.’ It was an art show, music performance, craft workshop, and luncheon all in one. Over 150 people from many ethnic backgrounds attended.

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