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The musical Ragtime, with book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty, is based on E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel of the same name. The show opened on Broadway in 1998 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards.
Ragtime tells the story of three groups of people — African-Americans, Eastern European Immigrants, and White upper-class suburbanites — at the turn of the century, and their struggles and interactions to achieve the American Dream. Ragtime's message is particularly pertinent, as it tackles issues of accessibility and American identity, while exploring police brutality, segregation, privilege, cultural appropriation, classism, immigration, and gender roles, among other topics that are not often highlighted on stage. Through this production, we hope to open a dialogue and tell a story that is just as meaningful and essential in our current world as it was when Ragtime first opened.
There will be three other performances of Ragtime in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, all free: