The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)


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:
Next to Normal
It's A Wonderful Life
One Night in Miami
Herzog Rep
After the Revolution
4000 Miles
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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The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland


The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland

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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:


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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Original, historic film footage of the aftermath of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.

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Tags | Reentry | combat | movies | restrepo

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by director Tim Hetherington

I had no idea when I first went to Afghanistan in 2007 that I would end up making a feature-length film. I guess that’s a strange thing to admit—but then “Restrepo” is no ordinary movie. My colleague Sebastian Junger and I have reported on conflicts around the world for over ten years, and this film is a distillation of everything we have come to understand about young men and war. The story line is straight forward—we follow a platoon of U.S. soldiers from Battle Company
 stationed in a remote mountainous area of Afghanistan over the course of their deployment. But the circumstances become extraordinary… a couple of months in and nearly a fifth of all fighting in Afghanistan is taking place in this remote 6-mile long valley; 70% of U.S. bombs are being dropped in the surrounding area, and Battle Company is running a casualty rate of one in four killed or wounded.

The movie takes its title from Juan Restrepo, the medic of Second Platoon who gets killed early on during the deployment. The soldiers build a small outpost on the side of a rugged mountain and name it in his honor. The place has no running water or electricity, no phones or internet, no simple amenities like chairs. It clings high up at the far end of the valley, on the edge of insurgent-held territory—and could well be the most exposed outpost in one of the remotest places where U.S. forces are stationed.

Our idea was simple—let’s make the most visceral war film you’ve ever seen. We wanted to show you things you’ve never seen before, take you as close as you can get into real combat, present you with a grunt’s-eye view of the war, offer you a peek into the young male psyche. We don’t present you with politicians or generals or maps or propaganda. For 93 minutes we’ll take you on a combat tour with all its humor, fear, sadness and excitement.

There was a brotherhood out there, and this movie is about that brotherhood—a glimpse through the keyhole into a room few people will ever know. The men of Second Platoon have seen the movie, their wives have seen it, and Vietnam vets have seen it. In their different ways they have all told us: “No one understands why we’re so messed up, and no one understands why we want to go back. This movie explains it all.”

Interview with Restrepo director/cameraman. Speaks for itself. ReEntry starts rehearsal in just a few days….


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Rick Cleveland, author of Jerry and Tom, cited In Bruges as his favorite hitman story, and it’s been making the rounds around here. Check it out, if you get a chance.
Watch the trailer here.
And the screenplay? Written by Martin McDonagh, author of such plays as The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman.

Rick Cleveland, author of Jerry and Tom, cited In Bruges as his favorite hitman story, and it’s been making the rounds around here. Check it out, if you get a chance.

Watch the trailer here.

And the screenplay? Written by Martin McDonagh, author of such plays as The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman.

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