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Bringing back the lost art of projection

Bringing back the lost art of projection

As you all head into tonight’s music rehearsal, what better time to share this recent interview I caught in a recent issue of Stage Directions (a technical theater magazine) with a B’Way sound designer turned producer Tony Meola. It seemed particularly relevant to what you’ve been hearing the artistic team saying about projection vs. amplification […]

Lawrence MA and Union Square

Lawrence MA and Union Square

Tonight we’re staging Scenes 16-17a, the blurred boundaries between Tateh at the textile mill/union square rally/goldman speech/the Lawrence, MA strike/Tateh’s escape from factory labor. In these scenes, time and place are fluid; historical characters give authenticity to events that are both real and fictional. On the scene breakdown I made (the yellow handout) I mentioned […]

Seeing Double–Kohlhaas, Coalhouse, and t

Seeing Double–Kohlhaas, Coalhouse, and the Social Contract

Ragtime’s Coalhouse is heavily based on writer Heinrich Von Kleist‘s short novel, Michael Kohlhaas. The novella is about Kohlhaas’s quest for justice after  an official named Junker Wenzel von Tronka illegally confiscates two of Kohlhaas’s black nags (horses). Similar to Coalhouse’s struggle, Kohlhaas is unable to seek legal redress and is thus forced to take more drastic […]

Corset confinement

Corset confinement

I just wanted to add a follow-up to the idealized fashion images Barbara showed in class of the Edwardian silhouette, which is in vogue for middle and upper-class women from about 1890 to 1909. There was a gasp when she described girls being corseted from the age of 7. At left is an advertisement for […]

Doll’s House and Ragtime

Doll’s House and Ragtime

In last night’s lecture, Professor Dickinson talked about ideals of appearance and behavior that exemplified the Victorian “cult of true womanhood” or “cult of domesticity.” This externally constructed standard, sometimes overtly articulated or subtly implied by religious teachings, public speeches, newspaper stories and the exploding field of marketing and advertisements, held sway over the lives […]

The WB Frog

The WB Frog

On Tuesday, when Professor Kelley asked “What do you think of when you hear the word ‘ragtime’?” someone mentioned “race” and someone else mentioned “the WB frog.” Upon first hearing, these two references might seem unrelated; however, as I did some digging into the history of “the WB frog,” I find that they are intertwined […]