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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After the general discussion, three of us—a middle-aged black woman, an older white woman, and a Jewish man—continued to talk about our experience of race, shared history, and the handing down of tradition. Where else in this wonderfully diverse city do such conversations occur? Thanks to all at Center Stage for a most memorable evening….

In response to our current production of The Whipping Man, we got this lovely, unsolicited email from a patron. Couldn’t ask for more:

Dear Everyone!

The play, the actors, the direction, the set, lighting were ever so much better than the review led me to expect. …the subplots and subsidiary detail enhanced our experience of the intricacies of relationships under the slave system.

The follow-up discussion engaged all of us in opening up the characters and plot lines as we talked about religion, politics, and race.  I was so impressed that [the actor] stayed to hear and interact with the audience - and describe some of the directorial process. …I have to disagree on one point: We do talk about race in America - not frequently, not enough, but at Center Stage on a spring Sunday following a shared experience of artistic genius.

After the general discussion, three of us , a middle-aged black woman, an older white woman, and a Jewish man, continued to talk about our experience of race, shared history and the handing down of tradition. Where else in this wonderfully diverse city do such conversations occur? Thanks to all at Center Stage for a most memorable evening!



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When the Pancake Bell rings we are free
From John Taylor’s Jack A Lent (1620) (via Shakespeare’s England)
At the fabulous, sometimes distinctly odd, blog Shakespeare’s England: Everyday Life in Seventeenth Century London

When the Pancake Bell rings we are free

From John Taylor’s Jack A Lent (1620) (via Shakespeare’s England)

At the fabulous, sometimes distinctly odd, blog Shakespeare’s England: Everyday Life in Seventeenth Century London



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…there were some people who felt like the black people in Their Eyes Were Watching God weren’t angry enough. There wasn’t enough conflict. Hurston’s view was that she wrote about black people when white people weren’t around. She wrote about the internal workings of the black community. And she understood that black people didn’t spend all their waking moments thinking about white people and being oppressed. They weren’t always thinking about the white man’s foot on their neck. They were enjoying their lives. They were laughing, and loving, and doing everything that people do in living their lives, and that’s what she wanted to write about. ~ Hurston biographer Valerie Boyd on the early reception of Their Eyes Were Watching God.


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Hurston biographer Valerie Boyd talks to the NEA Big Read about Zora Neale Hurston and Their Eyes Were Watching God (source for the stage adaptation Gleam).



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There’s a reason theater feeds the soul of man. How do we unlock that mystery? Cat Chengery, actor/dramaturg/LMDA volunteer—speaking in an Open Space session on moving from Excellent to Awesome at LMDA 2011 in Denver


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