The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)

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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
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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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Milky White—now up in Westport, CT for the second leg of the Into the Woods production—visits a local…friend. Break a leg at WCP, Milky!

Milky White—now up in Westport, CT for the second leg of the Into the Woods production—visits a local…friend. Break a leg at WCP, Milky!



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To the fairy tale onslaught hitting television (the series “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm”), movies (“Mirror Mirror,” the coming “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and theater (the Delacorte Theater’s revival of “Into the Woods” this summer) add “The Ash Girl” ‘The Ash Girl,’ at Connelly Theater - NYTimes.com


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The “Milky” has landed! Milky White arrives at Westport Country Playhouse for 2nd round of her (“his”) engagement in the CENTERSTAGE/WCP co-pro ofInto the Woods. (Love that the arrival includes a tour of the admin offices.)



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This was Woods. Now it’s not….  Back to the Empty Space again.



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Cleftomaniacs! Lobby full of folks stop after Into the Woods to enjoy a little a capella showcase.

Cleftomaniacs! Lobby full of folks stop after Into the Woods to enjoy a little a capella showcase.



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In other news - the cast [of Into the Woods] is also in the process of working on a series of Awkward Family photos: Jack and his new mom, Little Red Ridinghood (Justin Scott Brown and Dana Steingold).
Photo by Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone (via In other news - the cast is also in the process of working on a series of Awkward Family photos: Jack and his new mom, Little Red Ridinghood. Justin Scott Brown and Dana Steingold. - PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker”)

In other news - the cast [of Into the Woods] is also in the process of working on a series of Awkward Family photos: Jack and his new mom, Little Red Ridinghood (Justin Scott Brown and Dana Steingold).

Photo by Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone (via In other news - the cast is also in the process of working on a series of Awkward Family photos: Jack and his new mom, Little Red Ridinghood. Justin Scott Brown and Dana Steingold. - PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker”)



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Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker”
By Matthew Blank 10 Apr 2012
Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone, currently starring in the Westport Country Playhouse-Baltimore CENTERSTAGE production of Into the Woods, introduce an unsung hero and veteran of the show: Twan Baker, the doll who is playing the Baker’s baby in his third production of the musical.
Most of the time, when theatregoers think of the stars of Into the Woods they think of characters like The Witch, The Baker’s Wife, Jack, Little Red, but they may have been passing over the true star of Sondheim and Lapine’s classic masterpiece. Don’t fret, Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Graff Lanzarone are here to set the record straight.
Meet Twan Baker, stalwart of the regional theatre stage, fighting to make his big break on Broadway! Twan first hit the scene in the Pittsburgh CLO production of Woods starring Hunter Foster, Brynn O’Malley and Jen Cody. He then went on to warm the hearts of many in the Moisés Kaufman adaptation of Into the Woods at Kansas City Rep. We are here in Baltimore now, showing how rising star Twan Baker prepares and performs. Here is a glimpse of a grueling two-show-day at CENTERSTAGE! (In the image, Nikka and Twan stretch together and talk about what they ate for dinner. She had Thai food, he had a burger. Photo by Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone.)
A co-production between CENTERSTAGE and the Westport Country Playhouse, Into the Woods will run through April 15 in Baltimore. Westport artistic director Mark Lamos helms the production that will arrive in Connecticut May 1-26. Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Sondheim and Tony-winning book by Lapine. (via PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker” - Playbill.com)

Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker”

By Matthew Blank 10 Apr 2012

Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone, currently starring in the Westport Country Playhouse-Baltimore CENTERSTAGE production of Into the Woods, introduce an unsung hero and veteran of the show: Twan Baker, the doll who is playing the Baker’s baby in his third production of the musical.

Most of the time, when theatregoers think of the stars of Into the Woods they think of characters like The Witch, The Baker’s Wife, Jack, Little Red, but they may have been passing over the true star of Sondheim and Lapine’s classic masterpiece. Don’t fret, Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Graff Lanzarone are here to set the record straight.

Meet Twan Baker, stalwart of the regional theatre stage, fighting to make his big break on Broadway! Twan first hit the scene in the Pittsburgh CLO production of Woods starring Hunter Foster, Brynn O’Malley and Jen Cody. He then went on to warm the hearts of many in the Moisés Kaufman adaptation of Into the Woods at Kansas City Rep. We are here in Baltimore now, showing how rising star Twan Baker prepares and performs. Here is a glimpse of a grueling two-show-day at CENTERSTAGE! (In the image, Nikka and Twan stretch together and talk about what they ate for dinner. She had Thai food, he had a burger. Photo by Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone.)

A co-production between CENTERSTAGE and the Westport Country Playhouse, Into the Woods will run through April 15 in Baltimore. Westport artistic director Mark Lamos helms the production that will arrive in Connecticut May 1-26. Into the Woods features a Tony-winning score by Sondheim and Tony-winning book by Lapine. (via PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran “Twan Baker” - Playbill.com)



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There Are Giants in the Sky:
And a gorgeous set to play on.
Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)

There Are Giants in the Sky:

And a gorgeous set to play on.

Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)



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Unhappy Foursome:
Childless baking family, and soon-to-be cowless Jack bidding his friend farewell.
Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)

Unhappy Foursome:

Childless baking family, and soon-to-be cowless Jack bidding his friend farewell.

Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)



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Hello, Little Girl:
Wolf, meet Red…
Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)

Hello, Little Girl:

Wolf, meet Red…

Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)



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Narrator and his Toy Theater: 
Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)

Narrator and his Toy Theater:

Into the Woods (by CENTERSTAGE_MD)



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Where is my grandmother?
There’s nobody here but we two, my darling.
Now a great howling rose up around them, near, very near, as close as the kitchen garden, the howling of a multitude of wolves; she knew the worst wolves are hairy on the inside and she shivered, in spite of the scarlet shawl she pulled more closely round herself as if it could protect her although it was as red as the blood she must spill.
Who has come to sing us carols, she said. Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves. Look out of the window and you’ll see them.
Snow half-caked the lattice and she opened it to look into the garden. It was a white night of moon and snow; the blizzard whirled round the gaunt, grey beasts who squatted on their haunches among the rows of winter cabbage, pointing their sharp snouts to the moon and howling as if their hearts would break. Ten wolves; twenty wolves – so many wolves she could not count them, howling in concert as if demented or deranged. Their eyes reflected the light from the kitchen and shone like a hundred candles.
It is very cold, poor things, she said; no wonder they howl so.
She closed the window on the wolves’ threnody and took off her scarlet shawl, the colour of sacrifices, the colour of her menses, and, since her fear did her no good, she ceased to be afraid.
~Angela Carter, The Company of Wolves

Where is my grandmother?

There’s nobody here but we two, my darling.

Now a great howling rose up around them, near, very near, as close as the kitchen garden, the howling of a multitude of wolves; she knew the worst wolves are hairy on the inside and she shivered, in spite of the scarlet shawl she pulled more closely round herself as if it could protect her although it was as red as the blood she must spill.

Who has come to sing us carols, she said. Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves. Look out of the window and you’ll see them.

Snow half-caked the lattice and she opened it to look into the garden. It was a white night of moon and snow; the blizzard whirled round the gaunt, grey beasts who squatted on their haunches among the rows of winter cabbage, pointing their sharp snouts to the moon and howling as if their hearts would break. Ten wolves; twenty wolves – so many wolves she could not count them, howling in concert as if demented or deranged. Their eyes reflected the light from the kitchen and shone like a hundred candles.

It is very cold, poor things, she said; no wonder they howl so.

She closed the window on the wolves’ threnody and took off her scarlet shawl, the colour of sacrifices, the colour of her menses, and, since her fear did her no good, she ceased to be afraid.

~Angela Carter, The Company of Wolves



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