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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thecivilwarparlor:

California Joe- (PVT Truman Head)-

Company C First Regiment Berdan’s Sharpshooters

Almost as famous as Hiram Berdan himself, Truman Head of Company C of the First Regiment was unquestionably the most famous among Berdan’s Sharpshooters. Nicknamed “California Joe”, “Old Californy”, and “Old California,” Joe came west from New York to seek his fortune after a failed romance. Joe was 52 years old at the time he enlisted, but stated his age as 42, otherwise he would have been rejected. Joe brought to the sharpshooters a background of a hunter and gold miner which could have made enough fodder for interesting news stories but Joe was found to have a keen eye and a great marksman without any embellishments by the press. Joe’s image and his exploits made for good reading in a time where the Union was sorely lacking heroes and good news from the war.

One of the greatest impacts Joe had on the Sharpshooters themselves was his private purchase of a Sharps rifle. It may have been Joes experience that made them want their own Sharps’ as well. Sadly, Joe’s time in the sharpshooters was quite limited. His age caught up with him and his sight was starting to fail him. Joe was discharged November 4,1862 for “senility and impaired vision.” Joe returned to California and became a customs inspector in San Francisco. He died November 24,1874.

http://www.1stussharpshooters.com/oldcompanyc.html



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Whirling dervish joins the protests in Turkey, outfitted with the latest accessory. Maybe apropos, maybe not, but as striking as it gets.
Quoting from the article in which this appeared:

One of the most memorable moments of the Gezi Park visit for me was that of the Whirling Dervish wearing the tear gas mask. It was a haunting image bringing together what has always been linked: the mystical, the political, the performative, and The Now. It does what every great cutting edge art should do: jolt us from our state of comfort from where we are, and point us towards where we should be. - See more at: http://omidsafi.religionnews.com/2013/06/08/on-the-ground-at-gezi-park/#sthash.AwLPK0Gf.dpuf

Whirling dervish joins the protests in Turkey, outfitted with the latest accessory. Maybe apropos, maybe not, but as striking as it gets.

Quoting from the article in which this appeared:

One of the most memorable moments of the Gezi Park visit for me was that of the Whirling Dervish wearing the tear gas mask. It was a haunting image bringing together what has always been linked: the mystical, the political, the performative, and The Now. It does what every great cutting edge art should do: jolt us from our state of comfort from where we are, and point us towards where we should be. - See more at: http://omidsafi.religionnews.com/2013/06/08/on-the-ground-at-gezi-park/#sthash.AwLPK0Gf.dpuf



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nigerianostalgia:

Various areas of Lagos state
1950s-1960s
Vintage Nigerian photos

prepping for kwame’s BENEATHA’S PLACE, set entirely in Lagos, Nigeria - pictured here. #newplay #CSRaisin



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myfotolog:

Bregenz opera festival in Bregenz, Austria

scale as everything

myfotolog:

Bregenz opera festival in Bregenz, Austria

scale as everything



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lightening the mood…

fairly serious finance committee meeting, full of portent and ponderous prognostication, gets injected and infected with levity when - for a bet to benefit the theater - one trusty trustee enters with his hair teased and dyed to honor the hometown Ravens. well done, Ken, well done.

lightening the mood…

fairly serious finance committee meeting, full of portent and ponderous prognostication, gets injected and infected with levity when - for a bet to benefit the theater - one trusty trustee enters with his hair teased and dyed to honor the hometown Ravens. well done, Ken, well done.



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realmagndaz:

My view this morning ❄❄ #Baltimore


beautiful Baltimore in midwinter snowfall.

realmagndaz:

My view this morning ❄❄ #Baltimore

beautiful Baltimore in midwinter snowfall.

(Source: magndazs, via baltiamore)



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dontrell2013:

Arriving in Baltimore for a “Hot Desk” residency at CENTERSTAGE. My original flight was cancelled due to fog.  Next morning, it still lingers. Fog is such a fascinating phenomenon.  How incredible that, with all our technology and innovation, something as simple and insubstantial as fog can bring everything to a halt.  A humbling reminder that, no matter how far we advance, some things will always be beyond our control. 

weather-inspired reflections from playwright nathan davis on his trip to centerstage/baltimore

dontrell2013:

Arriving in Baltimore for a “Hot Desk” residency at CENTERSTAGE. My original flight was cancelled due to fog.  Next morning, it still lingers. Fog is such a fascinating phenomenon.  How incredible that, with all our technology and innovation, something as simple and insubstantial as fog can bring everything to a halt.  A humbling reminder that, no matter how far we advance, some things will always be beyond our control. 

weather-inspired reflections from playwright nathan davis on his trip to centerstage/baltimore

(Source: dontrellwhokissedthesea)



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life:

Fifty-five years after nine courageous teens integrated Little Rock Central High School, LIFE.com presents pictures—many of which never ran in LIFE—from those heady, ugly, ultimately inspiring days.
See the photos here on LIFE.com
Pictured: Members of the Little Rock Nine during legal hearings on their attempts to enter Little Rock Central High School, September 1957.

life:

Fifty-five years after nine courageous teens integrated Little Rock Central High School, LIFE.com presents pictures—many of which never ran in LIFE—from those heady, ugly, ultimately inspiring days.

See the photos here on LIFE.com

Pictured: Members of the Little Rock Nine during legal hearings on their attempts to enter Little Rock Central High School, September 1957.


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Making theater magic, the new-fangled way. Shooting miniatures for projection in the #Enemy of the People set at CENTERSTAGE. Miller, Ibsen, and the power of digital media. Look at that model; can’t you just feel the Nordic nip in the air?

Making theater magic, the new-fangled way. Shooting miniatures for projection in the #Enemy of the People set at CENTERSTAGE. Miller, Ibsen, and the power of digital media. Look at that model; can’t you just feel the Nordic nip in the air?



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Some of the fun of being in a 160-year-old building is the odd nooks and crannies and whimsical bits tucked away behind the scenes. Like these.



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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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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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Another desolate image of the devastation suffered by Richmond in the waning days of the Civil War.

Another desolate image of the devastation suffered by Richmond in the waning days of the Civil War.



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Images of The Civil War 
Take a look back at some of the famous faces and places that now stand as legendary in the history of the United States. Photography was in its infancy during the Civil War, and war photography was unheard of. On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, these images stand as a faithful record of the country’s most turbulent times – of heroic figures, terrible sacrifices, and the shame of slavery. (via Images of The Civil War – The Eye: a Peoria photo blog - pjstar.com)

Images of The Civil War

Take a look back at some of the famous faces and places that now stand as legendary in the history of the United States. Photography was in its infancy during the Civil War, and war photography was unheard of. On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, these images stand as a faithful record of the country’s most turbulent times – of heroic figures, terrible sacrifices, and the shame of slavery. (via Images of The Civil War – The Eye: a Peoria photo blog - pjstar.com)



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