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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Mention black soldiers in the Civil War today, and most people will immediately think of the 1989 film “Glory,” in which relatively enlightened Union officers train and then lead an all-black infantry regiment into battle. Part of the film’s power comes from the way that it gives the impression that employing black Americans as soldiers was a radically new idea.But that wasn’t the case at all: the role of black men fighting for the United States had been a source of intense controversy since the Revolution. Indeed, to understand the politics behind the 1863 decision to finally enlist them, as well as Lincoln’s refusal even to consider it up to that point, requires an understanding of the long, fraught history of black soldiers in early America. Beyond ‘Glory’ - NYTimes.com


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Rabbi Dr. Arnold Fischel arrived at the White House on the morning of Dec. 11, 1861, prepared to act as a one-man lobby for the constitutional rights of Jews. He had traveled alone from New York, on his own dime, bringing several letters of recommendation from prominent Republicans and one from the Board of Delegates of American Israelites, then just three years old and the country’s only national Jewish organization…. Rabbi-Chaplains of the Civil War - NYTimes.com


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Dispatches from the front

Some recent updates from the ReEntry crew on their tour of military facilities in Europe, including selected responses from recent conversations in response to the piece (which is primarily compiled from interviews with returning USMC vets of Afghanistan and Iraq, and their families):

·         An update from ReEntry at US Army Europe

Our post-show discussions have been eye-opening. We begin with four panelists: A Chaplain, an NCO combat veteran, a spouse and a mental health provider. Each speaks candidly about the issues in the play and then I open the discussion to the audience at large. The discussions focus on suicide prevention and intervention, but within the framework of deployment health. Here are few sound-bites from those discussions:

A spouse described the notion of a soldier needing to “suck it up” and be strong and not need help as a myth. She said, “When you talk about what you’re going through, the power of those lies are broken.”

A single female soldier talked about coming home when you have no family: “Those cargo doors open, and all the wives and kids rush in and everyone’s hugging and you’re standing there, completely alone. You go from great pride to great loneliness in like two seconds.”

A Staff Sergeant said “I was one of the first to get wounded, way back in the invasion, and everyone wanted to shake my hand, everyone wanted to know about my wounds, how I got hit. Now, that doesn’t happen. Now all they want to know is, ‘did I kill someone.’”

A Commander told me, “I can lead men in battle, I can do all these things in theater, then I get home and the running joke is: ‘Daddy can’t find the forks’” He laughed, “I’m so disoriented at home, I just can’t remember where anything is.”

A female soldier, who’s married to another soldier talked about dual duty: “You both get deployed, and what do you do with your kids? Now after so many deployments, our families’ they’re burnt out, they can’t take our kids anymore. Then what do you do?”

Nine performances completed. It’s Sunday and we’re heading to Grafenwoer, then Vilseck and we’ll wrap up in Italy. Stay tuned.



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Troops from the 442nd RCT slog through the Vosges Mountains during operations on the Western Front, during WW2. (Kabuo Miyamoto volunteers for this unit in Snow Falling on Cedars.)

Troops from the 442nd RCT slog through the Vosges Mountains during operations on the Western Front, during WW2. (Kabuo Miyamoto volunteers for this unit in Snow Falling on Cedars.)



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Front line infantrymen of the “Lost Battalion,” 141st Infantry Regiment,  relax around a camp fire after being rescued by Japanese American soldiers from the 442nd RCT in France.  October 31, 1944.   
from the European Center of Military History

Front line infantrymen of the “Lost Battalion,” 141st Infantry Regiment, relax around a camp fire after being rescued by Japanese American soldiers from the 442nd RCT in France. October 31, 1944.   

from the European Center of Military History



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1944. Members of the famed 442nd Japanese American military unit spend Christmas in an Italian bunker. 
Photo Credit: Bellevue Historical Society.

1944. Members of the famed 442nd Japanese American military unit spend Christmas in an Italian bunker.

Photo Credit: Bellevue Historical Society.



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marinecorpspoolee:

 Marine reservists from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines react after being released from formation during a homecoming celebration at the unit’s reserve center October 7, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio. Lima 3/25 was returning from a seven-month deployment in Iraq where one in three of the company’s 140 men were killed or injured.

marinecorpspoolee:

 Marine reservists from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines react after being released from formation during a homecoming celebration at the unit’s reserve center October 7, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio. Lima 3/25 was returning from a seven-month deployment in Iraq where one in three of the company’s 140 men were killed or injured.

(via usmc75-deactivated20120207)


Tags | Reentry | USMC | Veterans | Marines

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