The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)

Gavin
CENTERSTAGE
Baltimore
Maryland
USA

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
Play Labs

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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Baltimore Homecoming

No, not the Pinter variety. Local boy, playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, reflects on his journey backwards and forwards to tonight’s MY AMERICA premiere:

"Making Good in Baltimore" - Gwydion Suilebhan

When I was a boy growing up in Baltimore, my parents would often go out to the theater. They’d get dressed up, eat a nice dinner at a nice restaurant (usually Tio Pepe), and make their way to Centerstage. For what may seem like obvious reasons, those always seemed like magical nights to me: very grown-up, very meaningful, very important. I romanticized the entire experience, enjoying it from afar. I was always very concerned about whether or not they’d had a good time… and they always did.

More than three decades later, I’m now a playwright, and I’ve never been able to shake the feeling that the pinnacle of achievement in my craft would be to have my work appear on stage at the very same theater. And tonight — I honestly still can’t believe I get to say this — it will.

This evening marks Centerstage’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate, the theater created the My America project: fifty playwrights were asked to write two-minute monologues exploring the state of our country. Our monologues were all filmed by director Hal Hartley, and they’re going to be screened all year long in the theater’s lobby. In addition, a small sample of the work created for the project — including my short piece, ANTHEM — will be performed live this evening.

I’m honestly not sure I’ll be able to stand the excitement. I may faint when Kwame Kwei-Armah, the theater’s artistic director, calls me up on stage. Or get cold sweats. Or both. No, really. I actually mean it.

Part of my anxiety, I should note, comes from a few of the other 49 names on the list of 50 playwrights: Anna Deavere Smith, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Neil LaBute, Christopher Durang, Lynn Nottage, Lydia Diamond (my classmate from Northwestern — go NU!), Lee Blessing, Marcus Gardley, Naomi Wallace, Rajiv Joseph, Qui Nguyen, Kia Corthron, Melanie Marnich, Dan Dietz, Willy Holtzman, Sam Hunter, Julie Jensen, Lauren Yee… you get the picture. I’m incredibly, incredibly humbled to be among them.

Still, though… it’s the thought of my young parents, all dressed up in date clothes, sitting in the same space I’m about to be in, the same space in which my adult words are about to be spoken: it just doesn’t get any better than that, let me tell you. Not even a little.
http://www.suilebhan.com/2012/09/28/making-good-in-baltimore/



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50 FEST!

It’s time for CENTERSTAGE’s semi-centennial anniversary hooplathon! Yes, 50 Fest is here.

For more on the multi-day, multi-venue, multi-disciplinary, multi-media extravaganza, here’s our Director of Community Programs and Education, Julianne Franz:

Wonder what’s happening this weekend? Friday through Sunday, we’ll be BUZZING:

Go to http://www.centerstage.org/2012-13Season/50Fest.aspx

Here are a few highlights of things not to be missed … and totally free!

Street Painting on Monument Street, Friday and Saturday

My America Playwrights on the 6th Floor on Saturday at 12 noon

Poe, Poe, Poe Shows from 4-7:30pm on Saturday in The Head Theater

DJC is Charisse – spinning on the outdoor stage

Rumors of Flash Mobs up at the Monument at 12:45pm and 2:45pm (not to be missed) on Saturday

Three open sessions of rehearsal for The Completely Fictional-Utterly True-Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe in the Andrus Rehearsal Hall.

Ping Pong Tournaments (compliments of Single Carrot) throughout the day on Saturday on Monument Street

If you’ve got wee ones … 12-4pm on Saturday for a Toddler Workshop, Sing-Along-Songs, and Storytelling

Julianne Franz
Director of Education & Community Programs



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…the new government has adopted more of the vocabulary of freedom than the spirit of it. Evan Osnos on censorship in Burma: an Orwellian flashback - http://nyr.kr/PZaOpk (via newyorker)

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Low, Dirty Place: Maryland Morning considers the Civil War parole camps of Annapolis and the vicious nest of iniquity that arose around them. yet Baltimore gets all the grief….

Low, Dirty Place: Maryland Morning considers the Civil War parole camps of Annapolis and the vicious nest of iniquity that arose around them. yet Baltimore gets all the grief….



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tballardbrown:

“NOW, I’m not proud of what I did,” my friend Donna said the other day, her voice dropping to a low, confessional register.
Donna is black, in her late 40s and a graphic designer. Three generations of her family owned a Victorian row house in Washington until a probate dispute a while back forced them to rent in the Maryland suburbs. Driving home from work in the city recently, she took a shortcut through the alley where she frolicked in her youth, but which she now barely recognized, with its three-story decks and Zen gardens that led onto sidewalks freshly paved in red brick.
Donna tooted the horn at a parked car blocking her path. The car’s owner, a white woman, dawdled away in her garden nearby. With a blithe wave, the woman suggested a detour. Donna refused. She intended to wait her out, but then the words just tumbled out: “If you didn’t want to follow the rules, you shouldn’t have moved your white” — and here she used an expletive — “into D.C.!”
This is the rage, long simmering just beneath the surface, that is bubbling over now that Washington, the once-majority-black city immortalized in George Clinton’s 1975 funk classic “Chocolate City,” has lost its black majority. But even before the data corroborated that demographic milestone last year, Washington’s makeover had created something of an identity crisis.
(via Farewell to Chocolate City - NYTimes.com)
Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

tballardbrown:

“NOW, I’m not proud of what I did,” my friend Donna said the other day, her voice dropping to a low, confessional register.

Donna is black, in her late 40s and a graphic designer. Three generations of her family owned a Victorian row house in Washington until a probate dispute a while back forced them to rent in the Maryland suburbs. Driving home from work in the city recently, she took a shortcut through the alley where she frolicked in her youth, but which she now barely recognized, with its three-story decks and Zen gardens that led onto sidewalks freshly paved in red brick.

Donna tooted the horn at a parked car blocking her path. The car’s owner, a white woman, dawdled away in her garden nearby. With a blithe wave, the woman suggested a detour. Donna refused. She intended to wait her out, but then the words just tumbled out: “If you didn’t want to follow the rules, you shouldn’t have moved your white” — and here she used an expletive — “into D.C.!”

This is the rage, long simmering just beneath the surface, that is bubbling over now that Washington, the once-majority-black city immortalized in George Clinton’s 1975 funk classic “Chocolate City,” has lost its black majority. But even before the data corroborated that demographic milestone last year, Washington’s makeover had created something of an identity crisis.

(via Farewell to Chocolate City - NYTimes.com)

Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

(via npr)



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