The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)

Gavin
CENTERSTAGE
Baltimore
Maryland
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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
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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Wise words, insights, and observations from Ms. Toni Morrison.

Wise words, insights, and observations from Ms. Toni Morrison.



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Wisdom and self-reflection from Ms. Toni Morrison.

Wisdom and self-reflection from Ms. Toni Morrison.



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Some wisdom from Ms. Toni Morrison

Some wisdom from Ms. Toni Morrison



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The company around the table at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis—working through the text of Marion McClinton’s adaptation of Toni Morrison’s monumental Jazz as part of the Fresh Ink series, in conjunction with The Playwrights Center and CENTERSTAGE.



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There’s clean, and then there’s Minnesota clean!

In the Twin Cities for week of workshopping the stage adapation of Toni Morrison’s novel Jazz — and noticed that here in Minneapolis, they’re so clean and considerate and friendly that the downtown maintenance service even scrubs the newspaper dispensers. Seriously: this wonderful, hard-working woman, who was cheerfully saying hello and good morning to every passerby, took out cloth and spray cleaner and proceeded to give the whole rank of dispensers an enviable once-over.



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Tags | jazz | music | NPR

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Listening to a little Sidney Bechet while working on JAZZ (adaptation of Toni Morrison) here in the steamy Twin Cities…



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Tags | jazz | roy eldridge | music | NPR

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"History is over, you all, and everything is ahead at last. People sitting around thinking future thoughts about projects and bridges and fast-clicking trains-clickety-clacking-lickety-splitting trains screaming underneath." -Toni Morrison in JAZZ (adapt Marion McClinton)

 - Romare Bearden’s “Fly Away: The Great Migration”

"History is over, you all, and everything is ahead at last. People sitting around thinking future thoughts about projects and bridges and fast-clicking trains-clickety-clacking-lickety-splitting trains screaming underneath." -Toni Morrison in JAZZ (adapt Marion McClinton)

- Romare Bearden’s “Fly Away: The Great Migration”



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At last, at last everything is ahead ~Toni Morrison, JAZZ (as spoken in workshop of Marion McClinton’s adaptation of the novel for the stage).


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Classic Bunk Johnson recording of the same tune—could be “Maryland, My Maryland” or whatever other version you associate with it. Starts as recognizable riff about 1:39, quite a wonderful rendition. Somewhat ironic circumstances given the performer and the song’s historical context, but that’s music for you. And what does any of this have to do with Second City? Well, not a darn heck of a bunch, except that they are coming to Baltimore to perform a custom-written show for and about the city, which leads one to start poking down the old musty forgotten and oddball corners of our history and culture. Hence, this. Enjoy.



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