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

2014-2015 Season:
Amadeus
Next to Normal
It's A Wonderful Life
One Night in Miami
Herzog Rep
After the Revolution
4000 Miles
Marley
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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nevver:

Christian Bök & Micah Lexier


In honor of our RAISIN CYCLE plays and the conversation they knit around the palimpsest of RAISIN IN THE SUN, check out this marvelous instance of textual “riffing.”

nevver:

Christian Bök & Micah Lexier

In honor of our RAISIN CYCLE plays and the conversation they knit around the palimpsest of RAISIN IN THE SUN, check out this marvelous instance of textual “riffing.”

(via egoetschius)



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collectivehistory:

The Sardauna of Sokoto, the Emir of Katsina and members of the High court of Justice of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Kaduna, Nigeria, by Eliot Elisofon, 1959


More backdrop for BENEATHA’S PLACE.

collectivehistory:

The Sardauna of Sokoto, the Emir of Katsina and members of the High court of Justice of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Kaduna, Nigeria, by Eliot Elisofon, 1959

More backdrop for BENEATHA’S PLACE.

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nigerianostalgia:

Students marching at Nigeria’s Independence day Celebration , Lagos 1960Vintage Nigerian photos

Background for act 1 of BENEATHA’S PLACE.

nigerianostalgia:

Students marching at Nigeria’s Independence day Celebration , Lagos 1960
Vintage Nigerian photos

Background for act 1 of BENEATHA’S PLACE.



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Discussion in America means dissent. James Thurber, American humorist and essayist


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Well, the first thing is that truth and power for me form an antithesis, an antagonism, which will hardly ever be resolved. I can define in fact, can simplify the history of human society, the evolution of human society, as a contest between power and freedom. Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright, poet, and author


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Wise I

WHYS (Nobody Knows
The Trouble I Seen)
Traditional

If you ever find
yourself, some where
lost and surrounded
by enemies
who won’t let you
speak in your own language
who destroy your statues
& instruments, who ban
your omm bomm ba boom
then you are in trouble
deep trouble
they ban your
own boom ba boom
you in deep deep
trouble

humph!

probably take you several hundred years
to get
out!

Wise I, by Amiri Baraka


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A little video montage our costume designer prepared for Beneatha’s Place.

(Source: youtube.com)



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nigerianostalgia:

Various areas of Lagos state
1950s-1960s
Vintage Nigerian photos

prepping for kwame’s BENEATHA’S PLACE, set entirely in Lagos, Nigeria - pictured here. #newplay #CSRaisin



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Hansberry family house, Chicago’s South Side; source of conflict, center of legal battles, and inspiration for A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Fitting sign.

Hansberry family house, Chicago’s South Side; source of conflict, center of legal battles, and inspiration for A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Fitting sign.



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1960 demographic map of Chicago, against which take place RAISIN IN THE SUN, CLYBOURNE PARK, and BENEATHA’S PLACE, the 3 pieces of #CSRaisin RAISIN CYCLE at centerstage.

1960 demographic map of Chicago, against which take place RAISIN IN THE SUN, CLYBOURNE PARK, and BENEATHA’S PLACE, the 3 pieces of #CSRaisin RAISIN CYCLE at centerstage.



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Yea, I was the youngest playwright with a B’way opening ever and the 1st Black woman; what about it?
March 11 will bring the anniversary of the NYC premiere of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1959), and one of those days that changed theater forever.
Exciting to be gearing up for #CSRaisin here with not one but TWO response plays.

Yea, I was the youngest playwright with a B’way opening ever and the 1st Black woman; what about it?

March 11 will bring the anniversary of the NYC premiere of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1959), and one of those days that changed theater forever.

Exciting to be gearing up for #CSRaisin here with not one but TWO response plays.



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