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

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.

-----------------------------------------


How could we resist… “Cinderelly, Cinderelly”



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share

"Who’s that I see walkin’ in these woods?"

Sam the Sam sings “Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood”



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share

"Dammit, Mamet": proud to be a white guy—the American Buffalo rap video

(not for the verbally faint-of-heart)



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share

A little crossover culture: from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht to … The Doors! Here’s the “Alabama Song” from Mahagonny. Now that is what you call a cover. (And for a different take again, here is David Bowie.)



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share

In response to a recent post here about our beloved, and sometimes contentious, Oxford Coma, Dramaturgy Fellow Kellie Mecleary offered this music video. Just knowing this grammatical darling is out there, popping up in pop culture this way, gives some of us inordinate delight. And causes others to shake their heads, ruefully.



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share

On the light-hearted side, Tom Lehrer sings the classic “Send the Marines.”



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share

Roxane! [or, if you prefer, Roxanne]

Tango de Roxanne

Inspired by Kristi’s ineffably free-associative set of references and links around Wilde, Verne, Murakami, and more, here is my offering: in honor of the upcoming Cyrano (or rather, more directly, of his eternal beloved, Roxane). However, it’s also taken from Moulin Rouge, which is set in Paris, not only the site of Rostand’s romance but also (despite those dire and dreadful warnings posted elsewhere here on Thaumaturgy) the natural haunts of Monsieur Jules Verne—author of Around the World in 80 Days, currently rehearsing. So there.

Now enjoy, and feel free to dance along. We won’t tell.

-ghw



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share

Young people of a certain age might remember the images of Verne and Méliès better in the music video for “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins, c. 1997. Heavily influenced, you could say. -DL

Oh, and for those deeply invested, or just curious, you can find an interesting set of observations on the connections and lineage amongst these various strands at this website right here, just by clicking through. Cartoons, animation, art, and more.

-GHW



Comments (View)

Bookmark and Share