Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work
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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.
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]
-John Green (via thatkindofwoman)
And perhaps this could be adapted as a guiding principle for theater-making just as well as for Life.
Or, dramaturgy proverb…
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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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”