The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)

Gavin
CENTERSTAGE
Baltimore
Maryland
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thaumaturg
Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Pronunciation: \ˈthȯ-mə-ˌtərj\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work

2013-2014 Season:
Animal Crackers
Dance of the Holy Ghosts
A Civil War Christmas
Stones in His Pockets
Twelfth Night
Vanya Sonya Masha and Spike
Wild with Happy
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The official blog of the Dramaturgy Department at Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE. For posts related to our current and upcoming shows, click the links to the right. Alternatively, you could begin at the beginning, and explore our posts in chronological order.

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Marking the 450th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Birth

For more photos from the sites of William’s Shakespeare life, explore the Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Globe Theater and Shakespeare’s Grave location pages.

Every year at the end of April, a celebration of the life and works of the great playwright William Shakespeare takes place in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare was born there in 1564 and cultural celebrations in Stratford’s streets, with entertainers, street performers and traditional Morris dancers, go back hundreds of years.

From his plays to his sonnets, Shakespeare’s extensive works have produced a legacy of characters, ideas, histories and, of course, words—it is thought he contributed more than 2,000 to the English language. His plays are a staple on many school curriculums, and continue to be reinterpreted on stage, rewritten in fiction and retold on screen.

The man himself is still very much a mystery and few details exist about his private life. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway with whom he bore three children, before relocating to London to pursue his acting and writing career. He died at the age of 52 on April 23, 1616—a date which fell very near to his birthday in the same month (the exact date is unknown).

This year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and, on Saturday, a special procession will take place in Stratford, ending with celebrants laying flowers on Shakespeare’s grave in the Holy Trinity Church. The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company will also host a full program of shows.

Happy birthday, Shakespeare! Read what the Globe Theater has in store to celebrate

But will there be cakes & ale?!



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Anonymous asked: How many dramaturgs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

dramaturgytea:

Two - One to research everything about lightbulbs, the context of this lightbulb, ponder ‘why this lightbulb now?’, suggest edits for the lightbulb, investigate appropriate lightbulbs for the era, and finally screw the damn thing in. And one to casually mention that the lightbulb should actually be a candelabra.



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"Life without Mozart" - never gets old. AMADEUS coming Fall 2014, and also because.

"Life without Mozart" - never gets old. AMADEUS coming Fall 2014, and also because.



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the central paradox of theater is that something which starts off complete, as true to itself, as self-contained and as subjective as a sonnet, is then thrown into a kind of spin dryer which is the process of staging the play; and that process is hilariously empirical Tom Stoppard, “Pragmatic Theatre,” Sept 23, 1999
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1999/sep/23/pragmatic-theater/


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Liked our crazy Tiny Desk Concert with OK Go? Want to help us win a Webby Award?

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We’ve told people that avant-garde theater is not for everybody. We could do more of what the fashion industry does—they make avant-garde fashion something you want to see. You may not want to wear it, but you want to see it and experience it. So if theater could figure out a way to convince people that unconventional forms are exciting. “Oh you might get bored by this? That’s exciting!” The idea that the play or the performance is supposed to solve everything for you in the moment is insidious. No, it’s supposed to offer you a conversation—after. To me, performance is about inspiring people to do things. The time that you’re sitting in the theater is about giving you context for what you’re going to do after—it’s not the thing. I think that’s all theater artists really do. Taylor Mac, in this interview in BOMB Magazine (via itsdlevy)

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everythingscenic:

Dance of the Holy Ghosts. Neil Patel.


Center Stage revival, 2013dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

everythingscenic:

Dance of the Holy Ghosts. Neil Patel.

Center Stage revival, 2013
dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

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upstages:

dramaturgytea:

'Let me just look up this one fact.'

#DramaturgProblems

indeed…

upstages:

dramaturgytea:

'Let me just look up this one fact.'

#DramaturgProblems

indeed…



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Anyone who wears a tiara and sequins is always going to be the winner. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (via fuckyeahgreatplays)


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be-human-no-more:

Необъяснимая штука — душа.
Никто не знает, где находится, но все знают, как болит.

Антон Чехов

a little Chekhov gallery



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