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The End of the Journey

Ragtime does not end particularly happily.  Coalhouse is killed, Father is shunted off to the side and also killed so that Mother can act upon her adulterous feelings towards Tateh, and white society still distrusts black people.  Audiences often forget just how bad things end up for everyone except the one in a million, wealthy […]

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The Fall of a Patriot: Father’s Journey

My journey, while not as dramatic as that of Coalhouse, is as tragic and is more pitiful.  I am the stereotypical patriarch, assured in my role as successful breadwinner, father, and husband.  I am occupied with the world outside of my family in the forms of my business and my social class (I believe Father […]

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Credit for photo to Funny-Leo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/funny-leo

The show was selected over a year ago, the cast a semester ago, and the pit and crew assembled months ago.  Even now, we are still over a month out from the completion of Ragtime and yet we have had so much time to prepare it is impossible to be anything but hopeful; and yet […]

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Define Dancing

Tonight the brave men and women of Ragtime begin on what I consider that most perilous of ventures; that of learning to dance.  TLF (two left feet) is a sorry condition for those in the theatrical world and tonight it goes on display.  Lucky for us sufferers of TLF, era appropriate dance looks like this: […]