This past January marked my first anniversary of working in the Scene Shop, and though I didn’t get any cake, and no one said “Happy Anniversary”, I did get the opportunity to work on what is possibly the coolest set piece I’ve ever laid my hands on: the Ford Model-T. The journey to make the […]
I have been working on Ragtime for several weeks now. The set-building in the workshop is going well. A couple of weeks ago we were building, sanding, and painting many, many I-beams that will support the upper platform of the Ragtime set. We also began working on Coalhouse’s car, which is looking great now. The photo above […]
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. […]
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 […]
Booker T. Washington Quick Facts Born a slave in 1856 but, after emancipation, moved with his family to West Virginia. Representative of the last generation of black leaders born in slavery. American educator, author, orator, and political leader. He was the dominant and most influential figure in the African American community in the United States […]
A year of anticipation and preparation and it’s finally here! I couldn’t be more excited for what’s about to take place on Duke’s campus and in my life as a performer! I’m sure the entire cast is in for a magnificent treat! JOURNEY ON!
For the Gleeks in our cast (and those of you who are not familiar with that term, check out this link for an explanation), I thought I’d share the just announced casting of Rachel Berry’s two dads on Glee. There’s already one link between Ragtime and Glee. Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry, also played […]