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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be-human-no-more:

Необъяснимая штука — душа.
Никто не знает, где находится, но все знают, как болит.

Антон Чехов

a little Chekhov gallery



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Whirling dervish joins the protests in Turkey, outfitted with the latest accessory. Maybe apropos, maybe not, but as striking as it gets.
Quoting from the article in which this appeared:

One of the most memorable moments of the Gezi Park visit for me was that of the Whirling Dervish wearing the tear gas mask. It was a haunting image bringing together what has always been linked: the mystical, the political, the performative, and The Now. It does what every great cutting edge art should do: jolt us from our state of comfort from where we are, and point us towards where we should be. - See more at: http://omidsafi.religionnews.com/2013/06/08/on-the-ground-at-gezi-park/#sthash.AwLPK0Gf.dpuf

Whirling dervish joins the protests in Turkey, outfitted with the latest accessory. Maybe apropos, maybe not, but as striking as it gets.

Quoting from the article in which this appeared:

One of the most memorable moments of the Gezi Park visit for me was that of the Whirling Dervish wearing the tear gas mask. It was a haunting image bringing together what has always been linked: the mystical, the political, the performative, and The Now. It does what every great cutting edge art should do: jolt us from our state of comfort from where we are, and point us towards where we should be. - See more at: http://omidsafi.religionnews.com/2013/06/08/on-the-ground-at-gezi-park/#sthash.AwLPK0Gf.dpuf



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collectivehistory:

The Sardauna of Sokoto, the Emir of Katsina and members of the High court of Justice of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Kaduna, Nigeria, by Eliot Elisofon, 1959


More backdrop for BENEATHA’S PLACE.

collectivehistory:

The Sardauna of Sokoto, the Emir of Katsina and members of the High court of Justice of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Kaduna, Nigeria, by Eliot Elisofon, 1959

More backdrop for BENEATHA’S PLACE.

(via nigerianostalgia)



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nigerianostalgia:

Students marching at Nigeria’s Independence day Celebration , Lagos 1960Vintage Nigerian photos

Background for act 1 of BENEATHA’S PLACE.

nigerianostalgia:

Students marching at Nigeria’s Independence day Celebration , Lagos 1960
Vintage Nigerian photos

Background for act 1 of BENEATHA’S PLACE.



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nigerianostalgia:

Nigerian market scene
1970s
Vintage Nigerian photos

BENEATHA’S PLACE, kwame kwei-armah’s rumination on the aftermath of hansberry’s RAISIN IN THE SUN, takes place entirely in Lagos, Nigeria…
#CSRaisin #newplay



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nigerianostalgia:

Various areas of Lagos state
1950s-1960s
Vintage Nigerian photos

prepping for kwame’s BENEATHA’S PLACE, set entirely in Lagos, Nigeria - pictured here. #newplay #CSRaisin



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Hansberry family house, Chicago’s South Side; source of conflict, center of legal battles, and inspiration for A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Fitting sign.

Hansberry family house, Chicago’s South Side; source of conflict, center of legal battles, and inspiration for A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Fitting sign.



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Yea, I was the youngest playwright with a B’way opening ever and the 1st Black woman; what about it?
March 11 will bring the anniversary of the NYC premiere of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1959), and one of those days that changed theater forever.
Exciting to be gearing up for #CSRaisin here with not one but TWO response plays.

Yea, I was the youngest playwright with a B’way opening ever and the 1st Black woman; what about it?

March 11 will bring the anniversary of the NYC premiere of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1959), and one of those days that changed theater forever.

Exciting to be gearing up for #CSRaisin here with not one but TWO response plays.



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nigerianostalgia:

“Freshman Coeds with Beanies”The student holding the textbooks is Mercy Igwe from Nigeria.Bryant University1962.
More Vintage Nigerian photos

nigerianostalgia:

Freshman Coeds with Beanies”
The student holding the textbooks is Mercy Igwe from Nigeria.
Bryant University
1962.

More Vintage Nigerian photos



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mydearestlola:

AND this is why my FATHER is WAY COOLER than yours:)
Father Femi
Lagos, Nigeria
1964

mydearestlola:

AND this is why my FATHER is WAY COOLER than yours:)

Father Femi

Lagos, Nigeria

1964

(via nigerianostalgia)



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nigerianostalgia:

Nigerian couple, dressed in Western-style clothing.The woman is Comfort Ayename, a senior nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.1920s
More Vintage Nigerian photos

nigerianostalgia:

Nigerian couple, dressed in Western-style clothing.
The woman is Comfort Ayename, a senior nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.
1920s

More Vintage Nigerian photos



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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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realmagndaz:

My view this morning ❄❄ #Baltimore


beautiful Baltimore in midwinter snowfall.

realmagndaz:

My view this morning ❄❄ #Baltimore

beautiful Baltimore in midwinter snowfall.

(Source: magndazs, via baltiamore)



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dontrell2013:

Arriving in Baltimore for a “Hot Desk” residency at CENTERSTAGE. My original flight was cancelled due to fog.  Next morning, it still lingers. Fog is such a fascinating phenomenon.  How incredible that, with all our technology and innovation, something as simple and insubstantial as fog can bring everything to a halt.  A humbling reminder that, no matter how far we advance, some things will always be beyond our control. 

weather-inspired reflections from playwright nathan davis on his trip to centerstage/baltimore

dontrell2013:

Arriving in Baltimore for a “Hot Desk” residency at CENTERSTAGE. My original flight was cancelled due to fog.  Next morning, it still lingers. Fog is such a fascinating phenomenon.  How incredible that, with all our technology and innovation, something as simple and insubstantial as fog can bring everything to a halt.  A humbling reminder that, no matter how far we advance, some things will always be beyond our control. 

weather-inspired reflections from playwright nathan davis on his trip to centerstage/baltimore

(Source: dontrellwhokissedthesea)



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poe-does-stuff:

Spare change

poe-does-stuff:

Spare change



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