(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)
Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work
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.
New App Helps Actors Learn Lines
Samuel French has teamed up with MyTheaterApps.com, the developer of Scene Partner, an App that helps actors learn their lines using their own scripts or by choosing from a growing collection of Publisher e-Scripts—the authorized Acting Editions designed specifically for use with Scene Partner. The first wave of select Samuel French titles are available in the Scene Partner webstore for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch). Apps for other Smartphones and Android devices coming soon.
What is Scene Partner?:
Scene Partner is an app for Apple devices that allows actors to listen to their lines, their cues, or a whole scene to help them learn their lines faster. Actors can listen to a variety of prerecorded voices – available in different dialects as well – or they can record themselves and their cast mates! Each role can be isolated, so every actor can follow their track through the show or they can customize their track by making their own French Scene Breakdown. Everyone stays on the same page, with real time syncing of any cuts or edits to the script!
-from Anne Hamilton, Hamilton Dramaturgy
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
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.
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!
Hansberry family house, Chicago’s South Side; source of conflict, center of legal battles, and inspiration for A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Fitting sign.
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.
Explore "our" America
have you watched the latest MY AMERICA videos? well, here you can explore them and the project from various angles, through prisms thematic, personal, or geographic - and follow some oblique tangents too!
POE-turgy. Of the delicious sort.
Follow the magic link for, well, loads more links — some of the research (and other tidbits) compiled and explored around Poe the play, Poe the man, and related topics. And when you’re talking Poe, related takes on a whole new world of fraught implications. Read on for more. #CSPoe.
Some visual research and rehearsal room #dramaturgy from ProdTurg kellie mecleary for Enemy of the People @CENTERSTAGE_MD (otherwise known as CENTERSTAGE).
Are Americans Still Puritan?
With the debut of CENTERSTAGE’s My America project drawing ever-nearer, featuring 50 very short plays by 50 playwrights, we’re starting to gather some context and perspective. These many pieces examine, in a wondrous variety of ways, the questions “What is my America” or “Where is my America?”; here is another inquiry into the question that continues to stymie and stimulate—just what is “America?”
NEW "New Play Map"
Post your new-play goings-on, or check out others. Or track back who’s been there before. Or find new and different ways to use it. Just — use it.