Most larger theaters employ a dramaturg, who is a sort of scholar-in-residence. This person typically writes articles for a play's program, which help the audiences better understand the society and times in which a play was written. The dramaturg brings context to viewers, helping them appreciate the interests and influences that inspired the playwright.
We've been working really hard on American Idiot, the Green Day project, and I've been staying late, getting filthy and sweaty, blasting classic punk music ("classic punk" -- that phrase cracks me up) on an antiquated boombox, and then coming home and drinking beer in the shower.
I like to think that I'm approaching my work with the spirit of dramaturgy. I'm immersing myself in the Punk Milieu.
Sure sounds better than being a dirt-covered maniac with questionable taste in music, a broken stereo, and shampoo in her beer.