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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"Life without Mozart" - never gets old. AMADEUS coming Fall 2014, and also because.

"Life without Mozart" - never gets old. AMADEUS coming Fall 2014, and also because.



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the central paradox of theater is that something which starts off complete, as true to itself, as self-contained and as subjective as a sonnet, is then thrown into a kind of spin dryer which is the process of staging the play; and that process is hilariously empirical Tom Stoppard, “Pragmatic Theatre,” Sept 23, 1999
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1999/sep/23/pragmatic-theater/


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What a fine weather today! Can’t choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself. Anton Chekhov (via linparis)

With Durang’s VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE all set to hit the stage in a few days, a cheerful rumination from inspiring source author, Mr A Chekhov.



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To put it more radically, the true horror of life, the essence of drama, lies in the lack of dramaturgy. If there were a dramaturge or demiurge, if we (truly) believed that someone else was writing the play, that someone else was handing out the roles, this would mean we would be sure that our existence had meaning, that there was a play in it somewhere. Armed with this knowledge, neither our personal apocalypse nor the shared one is frightening: it’s simply the writing on the wall. But what if there’s nothing written about us anywhere? What if no one writes us? If no one is watching?

We have nothing else to use against the Apocalypse besides our personal history, without being sure that there are eyes and ears ready to hear us out. So we feel our way with words, like children in the dark. The only thing we know is that as long as we are telling stories, we’re alive. Even if they are stories about the end.”

~ Georgi Gospodinov

[Thanks to @belle_kelle for the quotation]



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In the theatre we always return to the same point: it is not enough for writers and actors to experience this compulsive necessity, audiences must share it, too. So in this sense it is not just a question of wooing an audience. It is an even harder matter of creating works that evoke in audiences an undeniable hunger and thirst Peter Brook, The Empty Space (via dramaturgyqandalyson)

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Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.

-John Green (via thatkindofwoman)

And perhaps this could be adapted as a guiding principle for theater-making just as well as for Life.

(Source: inboxfivewithenjolras, via thatkindofwoman)



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There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out. Russian proverb  (via myfotolog)

Or, dramaturgy proverb…

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Water is 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. What if someone says,’Well, that’s not how I choose to think about water.’?
All we can do is appeal to scientific values. If he doesn’t share those values, the conversation is over. If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?
 - Sam Harris


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Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them. ~Edgar Allan Poe, standing up for wordplay then and now.


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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

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Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by school-stories. Adults are not deceived by science-fiction; they can be deceived by the stories in the women’s magazines. C. S. Lewis on fantasy vs. fact, a timeless and timely reminder of the role of critical thinking in making sense of the stories we’re told. (via explore-blog)

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Extravagant Spirit

life:

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou.

In 1997 LIFE asked the writer and poet Maya Angelou if she would consider writing on the topic of heroes and heroism for the magazine. Below are the two concluding stanzas.

These mothers, fathers, pastors and priests,
These Rabbis, imams and gurus,
Teach us by their valor and mold us with their courage.

Without their fierce devotion
We are only forlorn and only fragile
Stumbling briefly, among the stars.

Maya Angelou, “Extravagant Spirits”



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Like a Venn Diagram for Shakespeare’s wonderful line from Winter’s Tale, “If this be magic, let it be an art lawful as eating.”

Like a Venn Diagram for Shakespeare’s wonderful line from Winter’s Tale, “If this be magic, let it be an art lawful as eating.”

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