I've never been one for history. I don't mind doing some research (read: searching google and wikipedia for any and all condensed information), but academically it failed to strike my fancy. Although that might have been a bi-product of the way in which it was presented to me in my early education years.
But I am going to change my own mind. Kind of. I've once again joined the production side of things, but this time there's no renderings for me to present, or legistics of staging - I'm going to be the expert. Or at least try to be. There's really no one true definition for what a dramaturg does, and really what is required is completely dependent on the type of project one is investigating.
I had the pleasure of sitting in on auditions for this project and serving as the reader for each actor, so I already got a head start. We learned a great deal in auditions, I feel like that's always the case isn't it?, about characters and how they want to fit into the world of the play. In the audition process I was able to chat with the director about casting and how she saw it all falling into place. So I have an idea of what needs to happen, and I certainly feel like the team is all on the same page, which is most important. And now I begin to use the powers of the internet. Looking up references left and right, plotting out locations on maps (if there's anything I cringe at more than history it's definitely geography), searching through images, and putting out feelers in numerous directions to see where the keys to unlocking this world hide. They are out there. I'm going to discover them. And I'm going to like it!