The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)

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CENTERSTAGE
Baltimore
Maryland
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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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everythingscenic:

Dance of the Holy Ghosts. Neil Patel.


Center Stage revival, 2013dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

everythingscenic:

Dance of the Holy Ghosts. Neil Patel.

Center Stage revival, 2013
dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

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It’s coooooommmminnnggg….. woodworking for INTO THE WOODS set



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George Washington, up on his pillar, seen from below.

bmore-like-mike:

At least there is some nice scenery on my 6am, 4 block trek to the gym.

George Washington, up on his pillar, seen from below.

bmore-like-mike:

At least there is some nice scenery on my 6am, 4 block trek to the gym.

(via baltiamore)



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Close(r) up on the set for Second City. Those are painted screens, if you could see them clearly enough. A distinctive local phenomenon—which the production crew got to explore and research in depth on a field trip to Federal Hill and South Baltimore, including the generous help of the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) as well. Thanks to founder Rebecca Hoffberger and the marvelous Felice Cleveland, they threw open their doors not just to the writers, TJ and Megan, during the immersion, but also to our scenic painters and other staff. Hope we did them proud.

Close(r) up on the set for Second City. Those are painted screens, if you could see them clearly enough. A distinctive local phenomenon—which the production crew got to explore and research in depth on a field trip to Federal Hill and South Baltimore, including the generous help of the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) as well. Thanks to founder Rebecca Hoffberger and the marvelous Felice Cleveland, they threw open their doors not just to the writers, TJ and Megan, during the immersion, but also to our scenic painters and other staff. Hope we did them proud.



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More truly wonderful work from the production departments—in this case a gorgeous collaboration among Jen Stearns, our Props Mistress, who designed this set for Second City, the scene shop who built it, and Scenic Artist Ruth Barber and her team who made it look like the spitting image of a row of Baltimore row homes. Squint, and you could be on any of hundreds of typical Charm City streets….

More truly wonderful work from the production departments—in this case a gorgeous collaboration among Jen Stearns, our Props Mistress, who designed this set for Second City, the scene shop who built it, and Scenic Artist Ruth Barber and her team who made it look like the spitting image of a row of Baltimore row homes. Squint, and you could be on any of hundreds of typical Charm City streets….



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ReEntry has left, and the set for The Second City Does Baltimore is coming in quickly…here’s a view of the empty Head Theater in transition.

ReEntry has left, and the set for The Second City Does Baltimore is coming in quickly…here’s a view of the empty Head Theater in transition.



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One more look back at The Wiz: a tiny but wonderful insight into the extraordinary work of our scenic painters, Ruth Barber and her crew, and the design team—who all worked together to create a magical, disappearing graffiti mural that covered the entire rear wall of the theater, and was visible only in black light. Watch.



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Our fabulous Scenic Art crew makes progress on the graffiti mural for the back wall of the set for The Wiz. It looks great, of course—but maybe you’re wondering about them choosing to work in such atmospheric lighting? Well, the trick is the mural is only visible in black light, so they’re painting it that way; then, it will disappear to the naked eye until, shazam!, it’s “unveiled” during performances with a lighting effect. Pretty nifty, eh. Only one of many delicious tricks up the emerald sleeves of the production, which uses a wide-open and apparently simple setting to disguise tons of theatrical gestures.

Our fabulous Scenic Art crew makes progress on the graffiti mural for the back wall of the set for The Wiz. It looks great, of course—but maybe you’re wondering about them choosing to work in such atmospheric lighting? Well, the trick is the mural is only visible in black light, so they’re painting it that way; then, it will disappear to the naked eye until, shazam!, it’s “unveiled” during performances with a lighting effect. Pretty nifty, eh. Only one of many delicious tricks up the emerald sleeves of the production, which uses a wide-open and apparently simple setting to disguise tons of theatrical gestures.


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The Big Picture. Fine-tuning aside, here’s the opening tableau: Algy’s flat.

The Big Picture. Fine-tuning aside, here’s the opening tableau: Algy’s flat.



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The critical tea-cart in Algy’s bachelor pad. Much research and discussion on our part and other’s, and much careful negotiation of space on the part of the props department, to decide what went on here—what should be there, what did they really need, and what would actually fit. It actually becomes the scene of more than one little tea lazzo.



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