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
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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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Anonymous asked: How many dramaturgs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

dramaturgytea:

Two - One to research everything about lightbulbs, the context of this lightbulb, ponder ‘why this lightbulb now?’, suggest edits for the lightbulb, investigate appropriate lightbulbs for the era, and finally screw the damn thing in. And one to casually mention that the lightbulb should actually be a candelabra.



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the central paradox of theater is that something which starts off complete, as true to itself, as self-contained and as subjective as a sonnet, is then thrown into a kind of spin dryer which is the process of staging the play; and that process is hilariously empirical Tom Stoppard, “Pragmatic Theatre,” Sept 23, 1999
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1999/sep/23/pragmatic-theater/


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upstages:

dramaturgytea:

'Let me just look up this one fact.'

#DramaturgProblems

indeed…

upstages:

dramaturgytea:

'Let me just look up this one fact.'

#DramaturgProblems

indeed…



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the-library-and-step-on-it:

LITERATURE MEME:
Four Tropes: Chekhov’s Gun (3/4).

Chekhov’s gun is a metaphor for a dramatic principle concerning simplicity and foreshadowing. It suggests that if one shows a loaded gun on stage in the first act of a play, it should be fired in a later act; otherwise, the gun should not be shown in the first place. The principle was articulated by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and reported in various forms. 
"Chekhov’s gun" is often used as an example of foreshadowing, with the sight of the gun preparing the audience for its eventual use. But the primary point of Chekhov’s advice was to caution against including unnecessary elements in a story or its staging. Failure to observe the rule of "Chekhov’s gun" may be cited by critics when discussing plot holes. The deliberate defiance of this principle may take the form of a red herring: something which the audience is meant to assume will be important to the plot’s outcome, but ultimately is not.


more insights from Mr Chekhov

the-library-and-step-on-it:

LITERATURE MEME:

Four Tropes: Chekhov’s Gun (3/4).

Chekhov’s gun is a metaphor for a dramatic principle concerning simplicity and foreshadowing. It suggests that if one shows a loaded gun on stage in the first act of a play, it should be fired in a later act; otherwise, the gun should not be shown in the first place. The principle was articulated by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and reported in various forms.

"Chekhov’s gun" is often used as an example of foreshadowing, with the sight of the gun preparing the audience for its eventual use. But the primary point of Chekhov’s advice was to caution against including unnecessary elements in a story or its staging. Failure to observe the rule of "Chekhov’s gun" may be cited by critics when discussing plot holes. The deliberate defiance of this principle may take the form of a red herring: something which the audience is meant to assume will be important to the plot’s outcome, but ultimately is not.

more insights from Mr Chekhov



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tronna:

thebestthingsinthewolrd:

Death in Shakepeare!

Caitlin’s poster, now on tumblr!


death by shakespeare

tronna:

thebestthingsinthewolrd:

Death in Shakepeare!

Caitlin’s poster, now on tumblr!

death by shakespeare

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Midway thru workshop of new piece, KJ Sanchez makes sense of structure. Or prepares for Origami Fest. #newplay

Midway thru workshop of new piece, KJ Sanchez makes sense of structure. Or prepares for Origami Fest. #newplay



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To put it more radically, the true horror of life, the essence of drama, lies in the lack of dramaturgy. If there were a dramaturge or demiurge, if we (truly) believed that someone else was writing the play, that someone else was handing out the roles, this would mean we would be sure that our existence had meaning, that there was a play in it somewhere. Armed with this knowledge, neither our personal apocalypse nor the shared one is frightening: it’s simply the writing on the wall. But what if there’s nothing written about us anywhere? What if no one writes us? If no one is watching?

We have nothing else to use against the Apocalypse besides our personal history, without being sure that there are eyes and ears ready to hear us out. So we feel our way with words, like children in the dark. The only thing we know is that as long as we are telling stories, we’re alive. Even if they are stories about the end.”

~ Georgi Gospodinov

[Thanks to @belle_kelle for the quotation]



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There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out. Russian proverb  (via myfotolog)

Or, dramaturgy proverb…

(Source: wasbella102, via myfotolog)



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Marisa Wegrzyn’s MUD BLUE SKY explores unlikely friendships. As prodturg Kellie Mecleary shows in her program piece. But here is a remarkable short video that shows a score* of unlikely friendships forging, in real life, right before our eyes. So unlikely, yet so ordinary. Hard to imagine, and right at hand.*not using “score” with any pretense of numerical or linguistic accuracy…#CSMud #newplay @howdymarisa
shotgunsinner:


-dearfriend:


100me97:


xclitinthepitx:


rotfuenf:


A random ball pit is set up in the middle of a cityAnd this is what happens as people approach it.


this made me so happy.


I couldn’t stop smiling 


This made me smile so much.


This is amazing.

Marisa Wegrzyn’s MUD BLUE SKY explores unlikely friendships. As prodturg Kellie Mecleary shows in her program piece. But here is a remarkable short video that shows a score* of unlikely friendships forging, in real life, right before our eyes. So unlikely, yet so ordinary. Hard to imagine, and right at hand.
*not using “score” with any pretense of numerical or linguistic accuracy…
#CSMud #newplay @howdymarisa

shotgunsinner:

-dearfriend:

100me97:

xclitinthepitx:

rotfuenf:

A random ball pit is set up in the middle of a city
And this is what happens as people approach it.

this made me so happy.

I couldn’t stop smiling 

This made me smile so much.

This is amazing.

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feminishblog:

Would you be surprised if I told you that, according to the Bechdel Test website, only 5 of IMDB’s Top 250 passed all three Bechdel criteria in 2010? Are we really asking too much of the film industry to include two women, who talk to eachother, about something besides a man? Surely this is the bare minimum of female representation we should expect from films. Women populate more than half of the world and yet we are still so often consigned to being the ‘love interest’ whose lives centre wholly around the male protagonist even to the point where the majority of mainstream films in our cinemas seem to find it impossible, in their entire run-time, to imagine a world in which a woman conducts a conversation that is not about a man.

It’s important to note that just because a film passes the test (or does not), that does not necessarily make it feminist (or not feminist). However, it is a useful gage and is a wheel-turner for other critical questions and thinking.

For a great example of this working in practice, check out Marisa Wegrzyn’s spanking-new play, MUD BLUE SKY, at centerstage!
#CSMud #newplay

(via egoetschius)



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