Ragtime returns to Playhouse on the Square

By Lisa Lynch

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of New York City at the beginning of the 20th century, Ragtime weaves together three distinctly American tales – that of a stifled, upper-class wife; a determined Jewish immigrant; and a daring, young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promises of the future. The New York Times calls this “the kind of musical that brings audiences to their knees in adoration.”

Ragtime is directed by Dave Landis and features Carla McDonald, David Foster, and Michael Detroit reprising their roles as Mother, Father, and Tateh, respectively. Also featured are Company Members Irene Crist as Emma Goldman, Laura Stracko as Evelyn Nesbit, Drew Hampton as Younger Brother, Nick Echols as Harry Houdini, Josh Bernaski as Henry Ford, local actors Thomas “TeKay” King as Booker T. Washington, and Claire Kolheim as Sarah. Special guest artist Jarrad Baker, who has worked professionally in New York and most recently, in Baton Rouge, LA, is featured as Coalhouse.

Ragtime runs at Playhouse on the Square May 6 – May 29, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. The Pay-What-You-Can performance is Thursday, May 12. Playhouse on the Square is located at 66 S. Cooper in Midtown. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or go online to playhouseonthesquare.org.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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