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Ragtime

Near West Theatre

Director: Bob Navis Jr.
Musical Director: Jordan Cooper
Assistant Director: Kelcie Dugger
Choreographer: Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek
Assistant Choreographer: Lindsay Phillips
Technical Director: Josh Padgett
Assistant Technical Director: Perren Hedderson
Stage Manager: Erin McCardle
Assistant Stage Managers: Josh Andrews, Leland Pestak
Scenic and Properties Designer: Laura Carlson Tarantowski
Scenic Artist: Jen Hitmar-Shankland
Properties Master: Nick Meloro
Properties Assistant: Hannah Shoemaker
Costume Designer: Stephanie Fisher
Lighting Co-Designers: Rob Wachala, Terrii Zernechel
Sound Designer: Joshua Caraballo
Makeup Designer: Heather Brown

Cast:
Coalhouse Walker, Jr.: Geoffrey Short
Sarah: Nikki Sumlin
Tateh: Hans Holznagel
Little Girl: Alana Jarrell
Mother: Ryann Angelotti
Mother’s Younger Brother: Eric Thomas Fancher
Father: Jeffrey Braun
Little Boy (Edgar): Skipper Rankin
Grandfather: David Hill
Emma Goldman: Kristy Cruz
Houdini: Andrew Pollis
Evelyn Nesbit: Michelle Unger (Heather Brown played the role for the first 2 weekends, due to injury)
Booker T. Washington: Anthony Williams
J.P. Morgan: Dave Hopkins
Henry Ford: Aaron T. Phillips
Admiral Peary: Ernest Schwarz
Matthew Henson: Christopher Byron
Harry K. Thaw: Karl Saifi
Willie Conklin: Bob Zombar
Stanford White: Brian M. Blankenship
Sarah’s Friend: Coco Smith
Houdini's Mother: Sarah Michalski
Kathleen: Gwen Stembridge
Brigit: Antoinette Marie Kula
Cue Card Girl: Heather Brown

Ensemble: Brian M. Blankenship, Theresa Dean, Hannah Forte, Maggie Halm, Cyndi Hill, Dave Hopkins, Alexa Jones, Daniel Krentz, Anna Kukelhan, Kate Michalski, Chrystal Okonta, Cocoa Price, Sara Radak, Tamicka Scruggs, Christine Thompson, Sandra Vorhees, Larry Ward, Rachel Woods, Justin Woody

Show description: "Ragtime" is the story of “an era exploding” with issues of race, class, culture, power and change. Set in 1906, "Ragtime" interweaves the fictional stories of a wealthy family from a New York City suburb, an African American family from Harlem and a Jewish immigrant family from Latvia and the Lower East Side, who also encounter historical characters such as Booker T. Washington, Emma Goldman, Henry Ford, Evelyn Nesbit, J.P Morgan and Harry Houdini. The new music of the era, ragtime, permeates the score as a metaphor for a changing world, with its off-beat rhythms, varied speeds and beautiful melodies. Based on the E.L. Doctorow novel "Ragtime", the play’s book is by Terrence McNally, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.







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