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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 […]

19 Months In…

19 Months In…

The first read-through was an incredibly powerful experience for me.  I had my first meeting with Prof. Beckwith in the Theater Studies department about the possibility of a Theater Studies – Hoof ‘n’ Horn collaboration 19 months ago, on April 27, 2010.  That was over a year and a half ago, and it was a […]

Ragtime: More than a Musical

Ragtime: More than a Musical

At the first official Ragtime class/rehearsal, we simply read through Act 1 and digested some addition information about the production, but I’m already excited beyond belief to be a part of this fantastic endeavor! Going beyond the traditional song and dance, Ragtime truly tells a story, combining history with intrigue, love, loss, and, of course, […]