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.

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beer goggles at twilight

here are the drinking rules for mon 7p free live/participatory TWILIGHT ZONE pub lab:
1.Drink whenever a character screams or howls.
2.Drink when you sing the Twilight Zone theme song.
3.Finish your drink if evil prevails.
Serling Special (Expert Drinkers Only): Drink every time there’s a close up.
word is they have an amazing pumpkin beer…
7pm Mon 10/15, liam’s 22 w north ave



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Return of the Living Pub Lab

you may recall our McDonagh pub labs last spring? well, the concept is back and bigger than ever. this coming monday, it’s coming to life on north ave in balto! come and join us, jump in or just drink along.

The Twilight Zone: It’s Alive!
October 15th, 7pm
Liam Flynn’s Alehouse, 22 W. North Ave, Baltimore
CENTERSTAGE explores the strange, creepy, and culturally pervasive world of The Twilight Zone through live readings of touchstone episodes. Join us, and join in: read a role, add sound effects, or follow along with our special Twilight Zone drinking game. You won’t want to miss this surreal, silly, surprising night of stories from the sixth dimension. 100% free theater (bar tab is on you though).



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Open a door to another dimension…

The Twilight Zone: It’s Alive!

Pub Lab is back: October 15, 7pm. Liam Flynn’s Ale House.

In conjunction with our current productions of Enemy of the People and …Poe, CENTERSTAGE explores the strange, creepy, and culturally pervasive world of The Twilight Zone through live readings of touchstone episodes. Join us, and join in: read a role, add sound effects, or follow along with our special Twilight Zone drinking game. You won’t want to miss this surreal, silly, surprising night of stories from the sixth dimension.



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BOGED (TRAITOR) - a reading

by Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez
Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Joseph Megel
Originally Produced by the Beersheva Theatre

A reading at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, October 8 at 7:30 pm

produced by Theater J and presented in partnership with Georgetown University In association with StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance

A sudden chemical leak in an Israeli industrial park endangers the region’s water supply. The mayor is quick to cover up the scandal, but his brother fights to expose the truth. The family feud quickly turns into a political war with major environmental repercussions. Emerging from Israel’s social justice movement of the past year, this timely adaptation of Ibsen’s play is the brain child of the Israeli playwright and adapter of Ghassan Kanafani’s Return to Haifa.

#newplays



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BOGED (Traitor) - an Israeli ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

7.30 pm tonight (Monday, Oct 8), free reading of this fascinating/provocative adaptation of Ibsen’s classic debate. Pearlstone Theater, CENTERSTAGE, 700 N. Calvert Street. If you follow this and are in/around Baltimore with a bit of time on your hands on a quiet Monday evening, stop by—we’d love to see you. Presented in conjunction with Theater J (DC) and Streetsigns. Come one, come all, and share your thoughts. It’s a #newplay….

If you’ve already seen our current production of Enemy of the People, all the better; if not, here’s your chance to whet your appetite and then come back before it closes Oct 21!

Follow the conversation at #CSEnemy, too.



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Baltimore Homecoming

No, not the Pinter variety. Local boy, playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, reflects on his journey backwards and forwards to tonight’s MY AMERICA premiere:

"Making Good in Baltimore" - Gwydion Suilebhan

When I was a boy growing up in Baltimore, my parents would often go out to the theater. They’d get dressed up, eat a nice dinner at a nice restaurant (usually Tio Pepe), and make their way to Centerstage. For what may seem like obvious reasons, those always seemed like magical nights to me: very grown-up, very meaningful, very important. I romanticized the entire experience, enjoying it from afar. I was always very concerned about whether or not they’d had a good time… and they always did.

More than three decades later, I’m now a playwright, and I’ve never been able to shake the feeling that the pinnacle of achievement in my craft would be to have my work appear on stage at the very same theater. And tonight — I honestly still can’t believe I get to say this — it will.

This evening marks Centerstage’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate, the theater created the My America project: fifty playwrights were asked to write two-minute monologues exploring the state of our country. Our monologues were all filmed by director Hal Hartley, and they’re going to be screened all year long in the theater’s lobby. In addition, a small sample of the work created for the project — including my short piece, ANTHEM — will be performed live this evening.

I’m honestly not sure I’ll be able to stand the excitement. I may faint when Kwame Kwei-Armah, the theater’s artistic director, calls me up on stage. Or get cold sweats. Or both. No, really. I actually mean it.

Part of my anxiety, I should note, comes from a few of the other 49 names on the list of 50 playwrights: Anna Deavere Smith, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Neil LaBute, Christopher Durang, Lynn Nottage, Lydia Diamond (my classmate from Northwestern — go NU!), Lee Blessing, Marcus Gardley, Naomi Wallace, Rajiv Joseph, Qui Nguyen, Kia Corthron, Melanie Marnich, Dan Dietz, Willy Holtzman, Sam Hunter, Julie Jensen, Lauren Yee… you get the picture. I’m incredibly, incredibly humbled to be among them.

Still, though… it’s the thought of my young parents, all dressed up in date clothes, sitting in the same space I’m about to be in, the same space in which my adult words are about to be spoken: it just doesn’t get any better than that, let me tell you. Not even a little.
http://www.suilebhan.com/2012/09/28/making-good-in-baltimore/



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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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A spot of drink with your pub read calls for a few rules, now…
yfrog.com/obp2tndj (via The drinking rules @CENTERSTAGE_MD pub readings)

A spot of drink with your pub read calls for a few rules, now…

yfrog.com/obp2tndj (via The drinking rules @CENTERSTAGE_MD pub readings)



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"I did think you are a beauty queen, and I do think" look at this awesome turn out! CENTERSTAGE inaugural pub reading; we’re doing it again next Sunday with The Lonesome West, so come one come all. 
yfrog.com/odpo7idj 

"I did think you are a beauty queen, and I do think" look at this awesome turn out! CENTERSTAGE inaugural pub reading; we’re doing it again next Sunday with The Lonesome West, so come one come all. 

yfrog.com/odpo7idj 



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The company around the table at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis—working through the text of Marion McClinton’s adaptation of Toni Morrison’s monumental Jazz as part of the Fresh Ink series, in conjunction with The Playwrights Center and CENTERSTAGE.



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