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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everythingscenic:

Dance of the Holy Ghosts. Neil Patel.


Center Stage revival, 2013dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

everythingscenic:

Dance of the Holy Ghosts. Neil Patel.

Center Stage revival, 2013
dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

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

(Source: youtube.com)



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myfotolog:

Bregenz opera festival in Bregenz, Austria

scale as everything

myfotolog:

Bregenz opera festival in Bregenz, Austria

scale as everything



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Making theater magic, the new-fangled way. Shooting miniatures for projection in the #Enemy of the People set at CENTERSTAGE. Miller, Ibsen, and the power of digital media. Look at that model; can’t you just feel the Nordic nip in the air?

Making theater magic, the new-fangled way. Shooting miniatures for projection in the #Enemy of the People set at CENTERSTAGE. Miller, Ibsen, and the power of digital media. Look at that model; can’t you just feel the Nordic nip in the air?



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Rain Effects for the Stage

From fabulous veteran TD Tom Rupp, this account of the technical wizadry behind the stage magic of the onstage rain in The Whipping Man:

There are several ways to create a rain effect on stage. From a small drizzle outside a window to a real downpour. One has to consider how to get the rain on stage, but more importantly how to get rid of it. There are six major areas of consideration, Supply, Storage, Delivery, Recovery, Control, and Noise

We used two different techniques for the rain for “The Whipping Man”. The effect over the windows is quite simple. We attached a sheet of Plexiglas on the back of the window frame.

We then put silicone caulk around the frame to seal it. The Supply and storage is a five gallon bucket. The delivery is a piece of ½” PVC with1/8” holes on 3” centers spraying onto the top of the window. The PVC tube is capped at both ends with a “T” fitting in the middle.  We used a3/8” tubing to the “T” to a submersible pond pump which sits in the five gallon bucket.

Recovery is a standard gutter with a downspout emptying into the five gallon bucket. We controlled the pumps from the light board turning them on and off with cues called by the Stage Manager.  The noise was deadened with open cell foam, the type you would find in a window unit Air Conditioner.

The rain seen behind the circular stair case was a little more involved. The supply was a standard hose hooked up to a sink backstage so the storage was city water. The delivery was three 8’-0” long ½” PVC tubes following the curve of the wall.  We took the ½” PVC and bolt it in the middle of a piece of 4” PVC. The ½” PVC has 1/8” holes on 3” centers drilled into the top of the PVC. The 4” PVC has a ¼” slot on the Bottom of the PVC. We insert a 6”strip of screen wire on the ¼” slot which we fray and fold in a random pattern.  The water shoots up to the top of the 4” PVC and rolls down the sides. The screen helps break it up, so it does not look like a sprinkler.

The recovery was a little tricky. The current stage is 3” higher than the permanent 30” level of the Head stage. We cut out a section of the floor giving us 3” to hold the water. We installed a pond liner in the opening and putt subway grating over the opening so the actors could walk over it. Inside the grating was a pond pump that pumped the water into the same sink that is the feed.

The grating was a little wider than the door, and only collected the water in that area. For the two sides we used 8” PVC that we cut in half. The PVC was on an angle so it ran off into an area over the grating.

The control was the knob on the sink faucet. We played with several amounts of pressure until we came to a level everyone was happy with. The Stage Manager would cue a stagehand back stage to turn the water on and off.

The noise was again controlled by the open cell foam. The noise from this rain effect is very loud. The noise needs to be deadened because there are many quiet moments in the play. We want to see the rain, but we do not want it to upstage the actors. The Sound Designer has built cues for the rain when we want to hear it, so the atmosphere can be controlled with the progression of the play.



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YA Cover Trends and the Fairy Tale Archetype

There were so many fascinating comments on my post about the dead-girl trend in YA book cover design that I hardly know where to begin addressing them. But as I ambled over to the coffee shop where I write these posts, something about the sight of winter branches and the feel of warm air that lies of springtime turned my thoughts to fairy tales, and from fairy tales back to this discussion.



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CENTERSTAGE - BEHIND THE SCENES (by drury bynum)



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looking ahead a bit to Into the Woods, this seemed apt
sabinessyllabub:

And the final Mondo fairy tale poster. Cinderella (and if you are confused by the tree and the grave, you haven’t read the old-school version.)

looking ahead a bit to Into the Woods, this seemed apt

sabinessyllabub:

And the final Mondo fairy tale poster. Cinderella (and if you are confused by the tree and the grave, you haven’t read the old-school version.)



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fuckyeahtheatres:

The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland

fuckyeahtheatres:

The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland

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