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

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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Marisa Wegrzyn’s MUD BLUE SKY explores unlikely friendships. As prodturg Kellie Mecleary shows in her program piece. But here is a remarkable short video that shows a score* of unlikely friendships forging, in real life, right before our eyes. So unlikely, yet so ordinary. Hard to imagine, and right at hand.*not using “score” with any pretense of numerical or linguistic accuracy…#CSMud #newplay @howdymarisa
shotgunsinner:


-dearfriend:


100me97:


xclitinthepitx:


rotfuenf:


A random ball pit is set up in the middle of a cityAnd this is what happens as people approach it.


this made me so happy.


I couldn’t stop smiling 


This made me smile so much.


This is amazing.

Marisa Wegrzyn’s MUD BLUE SKY explores unlikely friendships. As prodturg Kellie Mecleary shows in her program piece. But here is a remarkable short video that shows a score* of unlikely friendships forging, in real life, right before our eyes. So unlikely, yet so ordinary. Hard to imagine, and right at hand.
*not using “score” with any pretense of numerical or linguistic accuracy…
#CSMud #newplay @howdymarisa

shotgunsinner:

-dearfriend:

100me97:

xclitinthepitx:

rotfuenf:

A random ball pit is set up in the middle of a city
And this is what happens as people approach it.

this made me so happy.

I couldn’t stop smiling 

This made me smile so much.

This is amazing.

(Source: lovingyourtype, via dontreadmyblogplz)



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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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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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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

~Mark Twain, reflecting on Henrik Ibsen/Arthur Miller An Enemy of the People. Well, not really, but could have been. #CSEnemy

clemens



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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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As Enemy of the People finishes 1st weekend, so great that audiences are responding strongly to these (among others) divergent and sometimes competing strains in national discourse and cultural aspiration, as highlighted in the play and our efforts to frame the conversation.

As Enemy of the People finishes 1st weekend, so great that audiences are responding strongly to these (among others) divergent and sometimes competing strains in national discourse and cultural aspiration, as highlighted in the play and our efforts to frame the conversation.



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Ibsen/Miller issues of community choices endure

AP reports global protests over fracking—an issue of water, public health, and community wealth as fraught as that dividing the town in An Enemy of the People.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — More than 100 protests against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking are scheduled to take place around the world on Saturday, building on public concerns but also using an overly simplified message to spur outrage.

The GlobalFrackdown website and campaign was developed by Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit that was once part of Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen group. The campaign claims that fracking “has already damaged communities and ruined lives. It pollutes water and makes people sick.”

Scientists disagree on the risks of fracking, a process that injects large volumes of water, sand, and chemicals underground to break rock apart and free the gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and many state regulators, however, say that fracking can be done safely. The American Lung Association says natural gas has helped reduce air pollution as many dirtier coal-fired power plants shift to natural gas.

The immense volumes of natural gas found in formations of shale rock around the country has spurred a boom in natural gas production that has been credited with creating jobs and lowering prices for industry and consumers.



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My days among the Dead are passed; Around me I behold, Where’er these casual eyes are cast, The mighty minds of old: My never-failing friends are they, With whom I converse day by day. With them I take delight in weal, And seek relief in woe; And while I understand and feel How much to them I owe, My cheeks have often been bedewed With tears of thoughtful gratitude. My thoughts are with the Dead; with them I live in long-past years, Their virtues love, their faults condemn, Partake their hopes and fears; And from their lessons seek and find Instruction with an humble mind. My hopes are with the Dead; anon My place with them will be, And I with them shall travel on Through all Futurity; Yet leaving here a name, I trust, That will not perish in the dust.

Robert Southey, “My Days among the Dead Are Passed”

More of the poetic exploration of art and (im)mortality in which this production of POE traffics.



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What time the mighty moon was gathering light Love paced the thymy plots of Paradise, And all about him roll’d his lustrous eyes; When, turning round a cassia, full in view, Death, walking all alone beneath a yew, And talking to himself, first met his sight. ‘You must begone,’ said Death, ‘these walks are mine.’ Love wept and spread his sheeny vans for flight; Yet ere he parted said, ‘This hour is thine: Thou art the shadow of life, and as the tree Stands in the sun and shadows all beneath, So in the light of great eternity Life eminent creates the shade of death. The shadow passeth when the tree shall fall, But I shall reign for ever over all. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Love and Death”


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