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

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


Young people of a certain age might remember the images of Verne and Méliès better in the music video for “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins, c. 1997. Heavily influenced, you could say. -DL

Oh, and for those deeply invested, or just curious, you can find an interesting set of observations on the connections and lineage amongst these various strands at this website right here, just by clicking through. Cartoons, animation, art, and more.


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Une Voyage dans la Lune, a silent film released in 1902 by Georges Méliès, is one of my favorite bits of Verne cultural ephemera. Heavily inspired by Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, Méliès created one of the first and most memorable works of cinematic science-fiction. Particularly iconic: the man in the moon, grumbling after the rocket ship lands in one of his eyes, and the moonmen, a lizardlike people wielding tridents who disappear in a video-game-esque puff of smoke when struck. -DL

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