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

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

We’re excited to be a part of @creativemorning’s #Failure talk! It was awesome contributing behind the scenes with @shinecreativetv @doobyscoffee, last night. Be sure to follow #CMBal on Twitter @Baltimore_CM or facebook.com/creativemorningsbaltimore for updates on upcoming talks! #failcocktail #baltimore #video (at Dooby’s Coffee)

more from the #FailCocktail film shoot

yuplifeisdandy:

We’re excited to be a part of @creativemorning’s #Failure talk! It was awesome contributing behind the scenes with @shinecreativetv @doobyscoffee, last night. Be sure to follow #CMBal on Twitter @Baltimore_CM or facebook.com/creativemorningsbaltimore for updates on upcoming talks! #failcocktail #baltimore #video (at Dooby’s Coffee)

more from the #FailCocktail film shoot



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I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.

"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”

Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?

"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.

Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (via elucipher)

Great storytelling observation. The dramaturgy of contrast: of movement defined by stillness, sound by silence, commotion by subsiding, presence by absence.

(Source: improv-is-easy, via historyismymuse)



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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.

(Source: lovingyourtype, via dontreadmyblogplz)



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The best fairy tales and fairy-tale films deal with the human condition and survival. One of the reasons that we keep returning to fairy tales after we have heard, read, or seen them since our childhood is that they touch on vital and relevant issues in our daily struggles and endeavors to control our destinies. Jack Zipes, from an online interview about his work on folk and fairy tales, here: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD GOES TO COLLEGE: an interview with Jack Zipes


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Urban Lights from Andrew Boonchaisri on Vimeo.

baltiamore:

Great “Baltimore Nights & Lights” cinematography 

somewhatgoldenlike:

My brother’s work. I’m impressed.



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Swirling the Drain in Charm City

Former Senator owner vows run for council president

By Julie Scharper
The Baltimore Sun, Thu Jun 30 2011

The former owner of the Senator Theatre declared his candidacy Thursday for president of the Baltimore City Council, saying he wants to lead the body he called “a sorry crew.”

Tom Kiefaber, who lost the historic theater founded by his grandfather to foreclosure last year, criticized city leaders and the local news media, and compared his candidacy to the “Arab Spring” that is prompting protests in the Middle East.

Borrowing an analogy from a film he screened frequently at the Senator, Kiefaber likened the council president’s office to “that ventilation shaft on the Death Star in ‘Star Wars’ that they just forgot about. And that’s what I’m going after.”

With just days until Tuesday’s filing deadline, Kiefaber becomes the best-known Baltimorean to challenge Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Young was appointed to the position last year by other council members as part of a string of City Hall shake-ups triggered by the resignation of Mayor Sheila Dixon.

"We’re going to put a group together and win back our city," Kiefaber said.

Kiefaber addressed reporters from the overgrown lawn of a home that he owned until a few weeks ago. The city took possession of the home — which is adjacent to a lot used by Senator patrons — a few weeks ago after Kiefaber lost it to foreclosure, the city solicitor said.

"This used to be my house," said Kiefaber. "Now it belongs to Baltimore City. They took it along with the Senator … for the reason they do anything: Because they can."

Kiefaber was forced to turn the theater over to the city last summer after falling behind in payments. The city chose Buzz and Katherine Cusack, the father-and-daughter team behind the Charles Theater, to run it.

Kiefaber said he planned to use the address of his foreclosed former home when he filed the paperwork to run for office. He has not yet filed to run.

Kiefaber said he decided to run for the city’s second-highest office after he was asked to leave City Hall on Wednesday for the second time in as many weeks.

The 59-year-old stormed the dais in council chambers during a council meeting last week, grabbed a microphone and railed against city government, calling Baltimore a “banana republic.” Police officers escorted him out of City Hall but did not press charges or ban him from the building.

On Wednesday, Kiefaber walked into the weekly meeting of the Board of Estimates, which is chaired by Young. Young banged his gavel and called a recess while Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who also sits on the board, slipped into an adjoining room to pour herself a glass of orange juice.

Mayoral spokesman Ryan O’Doherty and a police officer assigned to protect the mayor confronted Kiefaber as he sat in the front row of the meeting.

Kiefaber initially refused to leave, but changed his mind when Officer Penny Sprinkle arrived.

"For you, Penny, I’ll leave," he said.

City Solicitor George Nilson said he and the other members of the Board of Estimates made “a collective judgment” to ask Kiefaber to leave.

"It was very clear, in his affect and in his expressions and his body language, that he was making the council president and the mayor extremely uncomfortable," Nilson said. "His behavior in the council chambers … was the precipitating circumstance."

Nilson said that Kiefaber was not permananently banned from City Hall and that he would contact him in the next week or so to discuss the incident.

"We’re trying to balance reasonable security concerns with his right as a citizen to try to access City Hall," he said.

A spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said she did not know enough about the incident to comment on it.

"People generally can’t be excluded from a public meeting based solely on the fear that they could disrupt," spokeswoman Meredith Curtis said.

But if there were evidence that a person was planning a disruption, or if there were a “very specific threat,” a person could be banned, she said.

Kiefaber said the officials who forced him to leave City Hall violated his rights. He said he had not intended to take the microphone at the council meeting last week, but that it was a “spontaneous citizen reaction.”

"I didn’t expect to find myself on the dais, but there I was," he said. Watching fearful council staffers scurry from the chambers "was like switching on the light in the crack house kitchen," he said.

"The city is swirling around the bowl and about to go down the drain," he said.



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"Cinema al Fresco"

“Cinema al Fresco”

Little Italy Open Air Film Festival

FREE! Friday evenings in July & August
Corner of High & Stiles Streets/Downtown Baltimore
Live music 7 p.m. / Movie 9 p.m.
free popcorn!

One of Little Italy’s more popular events, the Film Fest is in its 15th year! Arrive early to set up a lawn chair, stroll the neighborhood and eat dinner before watching an Italian-related feature film. Some of our restaurants offer carryout and/or movie night specials. Movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant from across the street of a third floor window at the kindness of its homeowner. A handful of folding chairs are provided on a first-come first-served basis. Event sponsored by the Little Italy Restaurant Association.

See schedule below:

2011 MOVIE SCHEDULE
 

JULY 1 - Moonstruck  (PG) Comedy/Romance

1987 - Cher, Nicholas Cage

A widowed Brooklyn bookkeeper is torn between her fiancé and his brother.


JULY 8 - Falling in Love (PG-13) Drama/Romance

1984 - Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep

During Christmas shopping, Frank and Molly run into each other, a fleeting short moment that will change their lives when they recognize each other months later.


JULY 15 - No Reservations (PG) Comedy/Drama

2007 - Catherine Zeta Jones, Aaron Eckhart

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

 

JULY 22 - After the Fox (Not Rated) Comedy/Crime

1966 - Peter Sellers

A notorious con man poses as a film director to front a major caper.

 

JULY 29 - On the Town (Not Rated) Comedy/Musical/Romance

1949 - Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their 24 hours are up.

 

AUGUST 5 - The Tourist (PG-13) Action/Drama/Romance

2010 - Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie

An American tourist visits Italy to mend a broken heart.

 

AUGUST 12 - Nine (PG-13) Drama/Musical/Romance

2009 - Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman

A famous film director struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, mistress, muse, agent, and his mother.

 

AUGUST 19 - The Secret of Santa Vittoria (PG) Comedy/Drama/War

1969 - Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani

During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans.

and the traditional climax:

AUGUST 26 - Cinema Paradiso (PG) Comedy/Drama/Romance

1988 - Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Philippe Noiret

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the projectionist.



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jonathan rhys meyers is my FAVORITE midnight snack… Katie Van Winkle (being very “punny” in reference to the film adaptation TITUS, in which the hapless young man finds himself baked into a pie and served up to his own ma. My oh my, shades of Atreus be still! Oh, sorry—spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t seen the gloriously gory thing yet…).


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