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

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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Getting our Twilight Zone on…howl if you like it!

sabinessyllabub:

Getting our Twilight Zone on…howl if you like it!



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Open a door to another dimension…

The Twilight Zone: It’s Alive!

Pub Lab is back: October 15, 7pm. Liam Flynn’s Ale House.

In conjunction with our current productions of Enemy of the People and …Poe, CENTERSTAGE explores the strange, creepy, and culturally pervasive world of The Twilight Zone through live readings of touchstone episodes. Join us, and join in: read a role, add sound effects, or follow along with our special Twilight Zone drinking game. You won’t want to miss this surreal, silly, surprising night of stories from the sixth dimension.



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Remembering Edgar Allan Poe on his Death-Day
In Baltimore lives the legacy of one of the United States’ most famous writers—Edgar Allan Poe. In his lifetime, Poe never received the sort of attention that he deserved. But despite harsh critiques from famous writers such as T.S. Eliot (who happened to despise Poe but love Baudelaire despite the fact that Baudelaire was influenced by Poe), his name and his work continue to live on. Today, October 7th, Poe’s fans and followers will commemorate his death and his life. (via Remembering Edgar Allan Poe on his Death-Day | Writer vs the World)
Cast of #CSPoe headed over to take part. Join the commemorations, and then come see the production of …POE @CENTERSTAGE_MD!

Remembering Edgar Allan Poe on his Death-Day

In Baltimore lives the legacy of one of the United States’ most famous writers—Edgar Allan Poe. In his lifetime, Poe never received the sort of attention that he deserved. But despite harsh critiques from famous writers such as T.S. Eliot (who happened to despise Poe but love Baudelaire despite the fact that Baudelaire was influenced by Poe), his name and his work continue to live on. Today, October 7th, Poe’s fans and followers will commemorate his death and his life. (via Remembering Edgar Allan Poe on his Death-Day | Writer vs the World)

Cast of #CSPoe headed over to take part. Join the commemorations, and then come see the production of …POE @CENTERSTAGE_MD!



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Amazing infographic of Poe death scenes (via Edgar Allan Poe death scenes - graphic | Books | guardian.co.uk)

Amazing infographic of Poe death scenes (via Edgar Allan Poe death scenes - graphic | Books | guardian.co.uk)



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Come, rest in this bosom, my own stricken deer, Though the herd have fled from thee, thy home is still here: Here still is the smile that no cloud can o’ercast, And the heart and the hand all thy own to the last. Oh! what was love made for, if ‘tis not the same Through joy and through torments, through glory and shame! I knew not, I ask not if guilt’s in that heart, I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art! Thou hast call’d me thy angel, in moments of bliss, — Sill thy Angel I’ll be, ‘mid the horrors of this, — Through the furnace, unshrinking, thy steps to pursue, And shield thee, and save thee, or perish there too!

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Lyrics for what was, allegedly, Poe’s favorite song.



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Christopher Walken, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry & Other Celebs Read Tales by Edgar Allan Poe. Seriously. Christopher Walken, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry & Other Celebs Read Tales by Edgar Allan Poe | Open Culture


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YA Cover Trends and the Fairy Tale Archetype

There were so many fascinating comments on my post about the dead-girl trend in YA book cover design that I hardly know where to begin addressing them. But as I ambled over to the coffee shop where I write these posts, something about the sight of winter branches and the feel of warm air that lies of springtime turned my thoughts to fairy tales, and from fairy tales back to this discussion.



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"How Some Children Played at Slaughtering"

"How Some Children Played at Slaughtering"

The pioneering collection of fairy tales published by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the first half of the 19th century reflects both the romantic interest in the national past—that is, in the cultural origins and “childhood” of the German people—and the burgeoning efforts to create a literature tailored to the perceived needs of children. “How Some Children Played at Slaughtering” encompasses two stories included in the first edition of Grimms’ collection (vol. 1, 1812). The brothers’ decision to withdraw the tales from subsequent editions provides insights into the Grimms’ generic conception of the fairy tale and debates about appropriate reading material for children. The two stories themselves shed light on the ways in which adults construct ideas about childhood.

Source: Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm. “How Some Children Played at Slaughtering.” In The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, translated by Jack Zipes, 600-01. Expanded 3rd ed. New York: Bantam, 2003. Original German: Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm. “Wie Kinder Schlachtens miteinander gespielt haben.” In Kinder- und Hausmärchen gesammelt durch die Brüder Grimm, Vol. 1, 101-03. Berlin: Realschulbuchhandlung, 1812.

How Some Children Played at Slaughtering

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In a city named Franecker, located in West Friesland, some young boys and girls between the ages of five and six happened to be playing with one another. They chose one boy to play a butcher, another boy to play was to be a cook, and a third boy was to be a pig. Then they chose one girl to be a cook and another girl her assistant. The assistant was to catch the blood of the pig in a little bowl so they could make sausages. As agreed, the butcher now fell upon the little boy playing the pig, threw him to the ground, and slit his throat open with a knife, while the assistant cook caught the blood in her little bowl.

A councilman was walking nearby and saw this wretched act. He immediately took the butcher with him and led him into the house of the mayor, who instantly summoned the entire council. They deliberated about this incident and did not know what they should do to the boy, for they realized it had all been part of a children’s game. One of the councilmen, an old wise man, advised the chief judge to take a beautiful red apple in one hand and a Rhenish gulden in the other. Then he was to call the boy and stretch out his hands to him. If the boy took the apple, he was to be set free. If he took the gulden, he was to be killed. The judge took the wise man’s advice, and the boy grabbed the apple with a laugh. Thus he was set free without any punishment.

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There once was a father who slaughtered a pig, and his children saw that. In the afternoon, when they began playing, one child said to the other, “you be the little pig, and I’ll be the butcher.” He then took a shiny knife and slit his little brother’s throat.

Their mother was upstairs in a room bathing another child, and when she heard the cries of her son, she immediately ran downstairs. Upon seeing what had happened, she took the knife out of her son’s throat and was so enraged that she stabbed the heart of the other boy, who had been playing the butcher. Then she quickly ran back to the room to tend to her child in the bathtub, but while she was gone, he had drowned in the tub. Now the woman became so frightened and desperate that she did not allow the neighbors to comfort her and finally hung herself. When her husband came back from the fields and saw everything, he became so despondent that he died soon after.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “”How Some Children Played at Slaughtering” [Children’s Literature],” in Children and Youth in History, Item #113, http://chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/primary-sources/113 (accessed February 4, 2012). Annotated by Donald Haase

 



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Director BJ Jones snapped this shot of the cast of Skull in Connemara on a “field trip” over to Baltimore’s Greenmount Cemetary. A goulishly good-looking bunch, no? You can almost smell the poteen….

Director BJ Jones snapped this shot of the cast of Skull in Connemara on a “field trip” over to Baltimore’s Greenmount Cemetary. A goulishly good-looking bunch, no? You can almost smell the poteen….



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thischarmcitylife: Gravestone of Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija Board. Greenmount Cemetery, Greenmount, Baltimore, MD.

Wonder what old Elijah would make of McDonagh’s Skull in Connemara?

thischarmcitylife: Gravestone of Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija Board. Greenmount Cemetery, Greenmount, Baltimore, MD.

Wonder what old Elijah would make of McDonagh’s Skull in Connemara?

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With McDonagh’s funny, creepily macabre A Skull in Connemara coming up soon, this image seemed all-too apt.

With McDonagh’s funny, creepily macabre A Skull in Connemara coming up soon, this image seemed all-too apt.



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