The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)


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

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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.


Ode to Dramatur-joy

From an author’s blog—specifically, Mo Willems, author and now adapter of children’s lit favorite Knuffle Bunny—comes this marvelous paean to dramaturgs (despite the somewhat fraught alternate spelling—dramaturg vs. dramaturge; subject for another debate, another time).

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Show Time!

I’ve been working on a really fun project the last 4 months or so, but have been unable to chat about it until now:

Thespian toddlers beware, today the Kennedy Center in DC announced the inclusion of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical on their 2009-10 schedule.

The musical was commissioned by the Kennedy Center, and unlike the British Touring Production of the Pigeon Books, the book and lyrics will be written by, uh, me…

I promise the show will be a wild ride, filled with clever projections, Bunraku Puppets, dance, and at least one song in utter gibberish.

Tentative plans are for the show to run at the Kennedy Center in DC starting in May 2010 and then to travel around the country. I do hope you’ll make plans to check it out if it comes to your neighborhood.

Of course, something this big can’t be done alone. So, I’ll be heavily relying on the musical talents of Michael Silversher, the producesorial talents of the Kennedy Center’s Kim Kovac, and the brilliance of Dramaturge [ahem-sic] Megan Alruz (note: if you ever get the chance to get your own Dramaturge, do it! They’re awesome. The thought of losing my Dramaturge to other dramaturgically needy projects in the future fills me with dread. And, as long as you’re getting a Dramaturge, get Megan. She rocks.)

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