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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 […]

A Lens from the Shadows – Part 3

A Lens from the Shadows – Part 3

Hello All, Strike is finished! With a weary heart and body, those of us remaining crept out of Reynolds in a cloud of saw dust, debris in our hair, emotionally drained by the entire process that had finally concluded.  The only facial expressions glimmering through the grime were foolish grins dreaming of the showers that […]

Images for Ragtime opening number

Images for Ragtime opening number

As we’ve learned in rehearsal, there’s a lot to tackle in Ragtime’s multi-part numbers. I thought it might be helpful to give you all some portraits of the various groups and sub-groups introduced in the Opening: incoming Immigrants from multiple countries, New Rochelle residents, Harlem and its residents (though I will admit that Harlem photography […]

From the Workshop Perspective

From the Workshop Perspective

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 […]

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 […]

Excited for Ragtime!

Excited for Ragtime!

I am a current freshman. I have not previously worked on any Theatre Studies shows, although I have been on PC for the last two Hoof ‘n’ Horn shows, Company and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I was assistant technical director for Company and co-technical director for Drood. I am rather eager to get a taste […]

An Era Exploding

An Era Exploding

Oh Ragtime. What a wonderful combination of music, history, and culture. The events that happened in America around the turn of the century was truly “an era exploding, a century spinning”. I can’t wait to be a part of the retelling of the stories of that time. This will be my last Duke show since […]

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, […]