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
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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Anonymous asked: How many dramaturgs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

dramaturgytea:

Two - One to research everything about lightbulbs, the context of this lightbulb, ponder ‘why this lightbulb now?’, suggest edits for the lightbulb, investigate appropriate lightbulbs for the era, and finally screw the damn thing in. And one to casually mention that the lightbulb should actually be a candelabra.



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All the Marx Brothers horrible secrets revealed in this probing 1993 expose: “The Unknown Marx Brothers.” Shocking.

(Source: youtube.com)



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"The One and Only Groucho," wonderful hour-long documentary on the bon-mot hurling anarchist of comedy. What a world to delve into as we rehearse the stage adaptation of Animal Crackers.

(Source: youtube.com)



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collectivehistory:

The Sardauna of Sokoto, the Emir of Katsina and members of the High court of Justice of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Kaduna, Nigeria, by Eliot Elisofon, 1959


More backdrop for BENEATHA’S PLACE.

collectivehistory:

The Sardauna of Sokoto, the Emir of Katsina and members of the High court of Justice of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Kaduna, Nigeria, by Eliot Elisofon, 1959

More backdrop for BENEATHA’S PLACE.

(via nigerianostalgia)



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Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

"Let American Be America Again" by Langston Hughes

- prepping lobby quotes for the RAISIN CYCLE, rep productions of Clybourne Park and the world premiere of Beneatha’s Place.



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nigerianostalgia:

Nigerian market scene
1970s
Vintage Nigerian photos

BENEATHA’S PLACE, kwame kwei-armah’s rumination on the aftermath of hansberry’s RAISIN IN THE SUN, takes place entirely in Lagos, Nigeria…
#CSRaisin #newplay



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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.

(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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