B. FRAYN MASTERS is the Host and Executive Producer of Back Fence PDX, both the live and OPB Radio versions, the Co-Host of Russian Rouelette…and is the PDX Producer for The Moth StorySLAM. Masters also produces, creates and performs in comedic videos and sketches, and was lucky enough to be a guest performer in w00stock 2.1, which starred the super funny Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage, and Paul & Storm. Samples of her literary leanings can be found in Airplane Reading, MonkeyBicycle 6, Hobart, SPORK and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists. Writing the cell phones games for the Twilight movie series totally warped her viewpoint on wolves. She puts most of the monies in her bank account as an animation scriptwriter, in addition to writing for various magazines. She swoons for good stories. [Note to self: practice swooning. Also, look up its meaning.]
“Back Fence is like a gentle lover whispering sweet nothings into the world’s hot, horny little ear. There’s nothing like it on earth–or even in the rest of Portland.”- STEVE ALMOND, Author of Candy Freak and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.
Our Back Fence PDX: MAINSTAGE show has been playing to packed good-looking audiences since 2008. In 2013 we also became an ongoing radio/podcast miniseries on OPB, in that same year we introduced our second live storytelling show, Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE, which we are proud to say caught on like wildfire. And, in 2014 we’re excited to introduce Back Fence PDX: REEL STORIES to the series.
The MAINSTAGE show features local and out of town storytellers telling true personal tales based on the night’s theme. For RUSSIAN ROULETTE each storyteller spins a giant wheel of prompts, and has only 5 minutes to come up with a true 5-minute story based on that prompt. REEL STORIES features behind-the-scenes stories combined with film/TV clips from the storytellers’ own work — including outtakes and never-before-seen footage.
Former storytellers range from a blood-spatter expert, a pet photographer, a park ranger, a former Scientologist, to Scientists and Doctors, to New York Times Best-Selling authors, film actors/writers/directors, and people we’ve met on the street.
MAINSTAGE stories have never been told publicly. In some cases, not even to significant others.
Back Fence PDX and B. Frayn Masters are honored to have partnered with and/or performed in support of amazing non-profits that serve our community: Proud Ground, Children’s Book Bank, Rock-n-Roll Camp for Girls, P:EAR, The Big Float, The Independent Publishing Resource Center, Planned Parenthood, Neighborhood House, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, and Creative Mornings.