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The Brothers Paranormal
by Prince Gomolvilas
directed by Kate Duffly
with live music by Joe Kye
January 19 & 20 at 7:30pm
at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, Boiler Room Theatre
The Brothers Paranormal
by Prince Gomolvilas
Thanks to Ronni Lacroute for being our show sponsor forThe Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas! (Jan. 19-21 at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, Boiler Room
Thanks to Ronni Lacroute’s generous sponsorship MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora will be bringing Thai-American playwright Prince Gomolvilas to Portland to workshop his play for a staged reading with music by Joe Kye before his world premiere at Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre in NYC!
Not only will he be in attendance for final rehearsals but Ronni’s sponsorship makes it possible for Prince to be part of our talkbacks and offer a master class in playwriting to PoC theatre artists. Thank you Ronni!
A workshop staged reading
Directed by Kate Duffly
with music by Joe Kye
January 19-21, 2018
at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, Boiler Room Theatre
Crossing East: Relations is a one-hour documentary special produced by Dmae Roberts, executive producer of MediaRites’ Crossing East series with Robynn Takayama and Alan Montecillo. The documentary addresses AAPIs and the Model Minority Myth and the historic relationship between AAPIs and African Americans. As part of a 10th anniversary celebration of the Peabody-winning radio series Crossing East, which aired on 230 public radio stations around the country we’ve been producing this documentary as well gathering more than 100 hours of oral history recordings for the Crossing East Archive.
Featuring music by David Ornette Cherry.
Hear a promo for the first airing on KBOO.FM June 6, 2017, 11am-noon!
Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy
May 14th at 7:00 p.m. & May 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Ellyn Bye Studio
During May, Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Media Rites’ Theatre Diaspora Project’s new season begins with an enhanced staged reading directed by company member Samson Syharath. Cast includes Anthony Lam, Sarika Mehta, Elaine Low, Dmae Roberts and Mathew Sepeda.In this light-hearted romantic comedy, interethnic newlyweds Sonya and Michael would love nothing more than to live happily ever after in Sonya’s single occupant New York co-op apartment (with built-in washer and dryer). Standing in their way, however, are Michael’s meddling mother, Sonya’s nosy co-op manager, and a litany of other squabbles they must overcome to save their relationship.
To purchase tickets or learn more, visit pcs.org/blog/washer-dryer-reading-with-theatre-diaspora
Since 1991, I’ve run MediaRites, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit production organization based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard through the arts, education and media projects.
Currently, the Oregon Cultural Trust is doubling donations given to MediaRites until December 31, 2016. Make a donation to MediaRites, and donate the same amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust, and you get that same amount back as a tax credit.
We’re in the final stages of completing the Crossing East Online Archive Project of more than 200 hours of oral history interviews of Asian American/Pacific Islander stories. We need your help to raise $3000 to complete our budget so we can preserve important historical stories.
In digitizing the recordings we collected for the original Crossing East history series 10 years ago, we’ve learned so many of the elders, activists and scholars we interviewed are no longer with us.
Since Crossing East aired 10 years ago, we’ve lost historians Ronald Takaki, Wayne Maeda and Jeffrey Barlow as well as civil rights leader Yuri Kochiyama and labor activist Ah Quon McElrath. Ed Wah, one of the last relatives of Oregon’s Ing “Doc” Hay and Carolyn Micnheimer, the former caretaker of the Kam Wah Chung museum in Eastern Oregon are also gone. And so many elders we interviewed across the country have left us too. Their stories can live on in the Crossing East Archive.
These stories need to live on and that’s why we’re building this archive. We hope to have it ready to launch by May for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month. The Crossing East Archive will also include an oral history of the original host of Crossing East, George Takei.The Crossing East Archive project also includes:
Help us with our goal to raise $3000 by the end of the year so we can complete our budget for the Crossing East Archive Project. Please consider an end of the year donation to help us archive all the valuable broadcast-quality recordings, perhaps the most complete collection of AAPI history interviews from around the country and to produce the new “Relations” radio documentary as well as to help youth to perform the stories of Portland’s Southeast Asian refugees elders.
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Wishing you a warm holiday season and thank you for your support!
MediaRites provides innovative, award-winning radio, theater and documentary programs. For more information, visit the MediaRites website: www.mediarites.org.
More than 10 years ago, MediaRites debuted Crossing East, (Our Stories, Our History, Our America), the first and to date only Asian American/Pacific Islander history series on public radio.
In 2016 we embarked on an exciting project to save more than 150 hours of oral history recordings gathered for this groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning radio series hosted by George Takei and Margaret Cho.
We digitized all the interviews, transcripts and photos online for the public to use for educational purposes. This act of preservation is called the Crossing East Archive Project.
MediaRites was awarded funding from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts and Culture Council , the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the PGE Foundation and built the multimedia Crossing East archive. We created two projects to celebrate the 10th anniversary year. See the Archive at: http://www.crossingeast.org/crossingeastarchive/
With funding support by a grant from The Equity Foundation,
Chay Yew’s A Language of Their Own focuses on Oscar and Ming who had been together for four years. They break up after Oscar is diagnosed with AIDS, however, neither is able to let the other go completely. Both begin relationships with new boyfriends and find navigating these relationships just as complicated as when they were together – like learning and creating the nuances of a new language.
NOTE: The play contains strong sexual language and situations so parental discretion for minors is advised.
Theatre Diaspora will perform two staged readings of A Language of Their Own, directed by Andrew Klaus-Vineyard, co-artistic director at defunkt theatre) with associate director Samson Syharath, atPortland Center Stage (128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland) on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. and atPortland Actors Conservatory,(1436 SW Montgomery St., Portland) on Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m.Tickets are $10 for general seating and $5 for Oregon Trail cardholders, students and AIDS Walk participants (provide registration). Tickets are available for purchase now at PCS.org for the Sept 10th show and at www.brownpapertickets.com/ for the Sept 18th show.
The Portland production is produced by Wynee Hu with co-producers Samson Syharath and Alex Haslett, all producing ensemble members of Theatre Diaspora. The cast is comprised of local actors: Jess Ford, Ming Young, Samson Syharath, and Ken Tang. Paige Rogers is the stage manager for this production.
About Playwright Chay Yew
Chay Yew, playwright and artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, is a recipient of the Obie and DramaLogue Awards for Direction. His productions have been cited by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Productions of the Year;” Seattle Times and Strangers’ Best Achievement in Theatre; and was named Best Director by Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has directed world premieres by playwrights Jose Rivera, Naomi Iizuka, Kia Corthron, Julia Cho, David Adjmi and Jessica Goldberg, and performance artists Rha Goddess, Universes, Alec Mapa, Sandra Tsing Loh and Brian Freeman.
Yew is the recipient of the London Fringe Award for Best Playwright and Best Play, George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award, GLAAD Media Award, Asian Pacific Gays and Friends’ Community Visibility Award, Made in America Award, AEA/SAG/AFTRA 2004 Diversity Honor, and Robert Chesley Award; he has received grants from the McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund and the TCG/Pew National Residency Program.
Two staged-reading performances will be at 1:30pm on Saturday, June 4, 2016, and at 1:30pm on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Both at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre (1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201) with the playwright attending the performances and post-show audience talkbacks.
Tickets are $10 each for general seating and $5 each for students and Oregon Trail cardholders. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning May 1, 2016, at www.theatrediaspora.org and Brown Paper Tickets.
After the War Blues takes place in the aftermath of World War II in San Francisco’s Western Addition District where some Japanese Americans returned from internment camps. African Americans who came to San Francisco were seeking work, white Southern migrants were looking for economic opportunity, and Russian Jews were arriving to start new lives. All the characters struggle to get along with limited resources while trying to find their place in this mix of cultures. Central character Chet Monkawa is a jazz trumpeter who returns to his family’s rooming house after the internment, but his old neighborhood isn’t the same. The rooming house is now filled with new transplants, and Chet and his fellow boarders must find a new harmony amidst uncertain times.
With generous support from Oregon Humanities to bring the playwright to Portland and for the post-show discussions following each performance, featuring the playwright on June 4th and community members on June 5th: Kara Carmosino (APANO), Michael Grice (Nothing But Quality education leader,) and Kimberly Moreland (author of African Americans in Portland.)
Master Class by Philip Kan Gotanda, Renowned Playwright
MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora presents The Language Archive, a poignant comedy about dying languages and difficulties of love by award-winning playwright and television writer Julia Cho.
Dmae Roberts, executive producer of MediaRites, directs the cast: Tonya Jone Miller (previously in Breaking Glass), Leo Lin, Sofia May-Cuxim, Enrique E. Andrade, Wynee Hu (Theatre Diaspora producing ensemble member), and singer/musician Partfait Bassale (narrating and providing musical accompaniment.)
In The Language Archive, a language archivist is consumed by the preserving and documenting the dying languages from far-flung countries. Closer to home, however, he can’t communicate with his frustrated wife, nor deal with the deep feelings his lab assistant has for him.
The performance will open at 2pm on March 26th at Portland Center Stage (128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, OR 97209) and will close at 2pm on April 2nd at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214).
Tickets are $8 each. They can be purchased at pcs.org for the 2pm March 26th show at Portland Center Stage, and at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510978 (service charge added) for the 2pm April 2nd show at the Milagro Theatre.