Heart of Nature follows the lives of young people with disabilities exploring their world.
By Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil
This multi-ethnic production revolves around the character of Maxine (Sherry Okamura), a search and rescue pilot hired by Dessa (Ithica Tell), a mother whose twelve-year-old daughter, Charlotte (Angela Rollins), has been abducted. Maxine’s search for the girl parallels her search for her own mother, Evie, (Julie Cowden) appearing as a ghostly Amelia Earhart figure throughout. Maxine must also care for her elder Grandmother (Trish Egan) while searching for the lost girl.
Lanza-Weil gathered some of the best talent in Portland to collaborate on this original collage play with Playwrights Sharon Whitney, Ellen West, Cindy McGean, Vicente Guzman-Orozco and Dmae Roberts. This team of commissioned writers created a play based on material gathered from a series of workshops at the Dougy Center and Grief Watch about the theme “What Hurts, What Helps” in overcoming loss and grief.
The three programs were distributed in October 1998 via National Public Radio satellite. About 100 public radio stations across the country aired this three-part series of one-hour documentaries about what moves the human spirit to create, to make sense of the world, to survive and to grow.Ê MediaRites is a non-profit multicultural arts producing organization based in Portland.
Hosted by Oregon Symphony conductor James DePreist and produced by Dmae Roberts of MediaRites.
This series was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
THE STORY OF ING ‘DOC’ HAY
This program is also available for sale as a download
MediaRites Productions presents “The Story of Ing “Doc” Hay” by Dmae Roberts. This one-hour documentary about the famed frontier herbalist of the Kam Wah Chung in John Day initially aired in May through August on KOPB, KBOO, KLCC, and KUOW stations in the Northwest.
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.
The Legacies Intergenerational Project initially began as a multi-disciplinary project that would work with 100 youths and elders to partner for a year-long project in creative writing, audio production, interviewing, oral history and visual art. Participants would create a book of writing and art and a CD of audio stories that would be presented to the public on radio.
MediaRites was one of three non-profits in Oregon to garner the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Creative Links Program award. During Fall 2000, MediaRites brought an after school class in radio production and graphic design to Roosevelt High School.
Streaming Audio Clips
BOOK – $9.95
With more than 25 contributors from all over the country and world, Sorting Through Shadows: Youth Speak Out on Mental Health is a beautifully illustrated collection of personal stories from youth ages 13 to 23 from the U.S, Canada, United Kingdom and Sweden.
Hope: The Youth Radio / Literacy Project
In ’97-’98, MediaRites taught residencies to 40 of the 8th grade English as a Second Language students at Binnsmead. The students represented 17 different countries and nationalities and this project provided the only arts program at their school.
MediaRites presented arts outreach in partnership with SAFES, Survivors for An Effective System and Act For Action, to 40 survivors of crime and violence. We spent nearly six months planning the workshops and the outreach to SAFES members with Arwen Bird of SAFES and Jeannie LaFrance of Act for Action.We offered these workshops to survivors: people whose lives have been drastically affected by violence and/or crime. Some survive individual violence (such as surviving incest, assault, burglary or rape), others institutional violence (such as police brutality, internment or slavery).