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Ragtime and the N-Word

Ragtime and the N-Word

Although I had read the text, libretto, and seen Ragtime rehearsal previous to the production opening, I was not offended by the usage of the term”nigger” until I saw the production live. After the show, I found myself wondering why I had such a visceral reaction to Michael Oliver’s portrayal of Willie Conklin. Despite having some historical […]

In Search of a Story

In Search of a Story

From our classroom discussions, we have come to realize that one of the most important ways to make this show a success is to first each personally understand the story that we are attempting to translate to the audience.  Transforming a book into a musical undoubtedly involves losing some details from the original.  For example, […]

We’re All Coalhouse…

We’re All Coalhouse…

Through training as an actor, I’ve learned that characterization is improved when you can draw inspiration from past experiences. As I begin to discover the character of Coalhouse, I slowly begin to realize that he and I aren’t as different as I initially thought. Though Coalhouse is older, we have experienced similar situations throughout life. […]