A large, multi-ethnic group of people dressed in early twentieth century clothes stand in a group and look to the right.
Cast of the musical Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Ragtime

An epic musical!

date March 10, 2017 — May 20, 2017
duration ~2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
rating Recommended for ages 12 and older
accessibility Accessible

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. As the country balances on the cusp of social change, the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect—and their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed. With an expansive musical score, striking relevancy and a who’s who of 20th-century historical characters, Ragtime confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Peter Flynn (1776, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) directs an all-star D.C. cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan Atkinson.


Artistic Team

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Director Peter Flynn
Choreographer Michael Bobbitt
Music Director Christopher Youstra
Scenic Design Milagros Ponce de Leon
Costume Design Wade Laboissonniere
Lighting Design Rui Rita
Sound Design David Budries
Projection Design Clint Allen
Wig and Make-up Design Anne Nesmith
Orchestrations Kim Scharnberg
Dramaturge Jennifer L. Nelson
Dialects Leigh Wilson Smiley
Production Stage Manager Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager Taryn Friend
Casting Patrick Pearson

Cast

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Jonathan Atkinson

Tateh

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Christopher Bloch

Grandfather/J.P. Morgan

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Felicia Curry

Sarah's Friend and Dance Captain

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Rayanne Gonzales

Emma Goldman

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James Konicek

Father

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Gregory Maheu

Younger Brother

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Kevin McAllister

Coalhouse

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Justine "Icy" Moral

Evelyn Nesbit

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Christopher Mueller

Houdini

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Tracy Lynn Olivera

Mother

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Nova Y. Payton

Sarah

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Jefferson A. Russell

Booker T. Washington

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Stephen F. Schmidt

Harry K. Thaw/Adm. Peary

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John Leslie Wolfe

Henry Ford

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Elan Zafir

Stanford White/Willie Conklin

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Maria Egler

Ensemble

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Ines Nassara

Ensemble

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Eben K. Logan

Ensemble

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Sean-Maurice Lynch

Ensemble

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Rayshun LaMarr Purefoy

Ensemble

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Karen Vincent

Ensemble

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Tobias Young

Ensemble

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Ashleigh King

Swing

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Ryan Burke

Swing

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Henry Baratz

Little Boy

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Holden Browne

Little Boy

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Dulcie Pham

Little Girl

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Kylee Geraci

Little Girl

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Mya Kin Namdar

Coalhouse Walker III

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Rubin B. Singleton IV

Coalhouse Walker III

Artistic Team

Conductor/Keys 1/Accordion Christopher Youstra
Keys 2 Victor Simonson
Reeds (Clarinet, Flute, Pic, Alto Sax) Lee Lachman
Trumpet/Flugel Fred Irby, III
Trombone Joe Jackson
Violin Andrea Vercoe
Bass/Tuba Yousef Chisholm
Banjo/Steel Acoustic Gerry Kunkel
Drums Danny Villanueva

From the Gallery

A man holds the hands of a young girl and talks to her. In the background, peoples shadows are projected against sheets all over a stage.

Jonathan Atkinson and Dulcie Pham in “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A man and young boy sit on a bench while people sing all around them. All are dressed in turn of the century outfits.

Cast of the musical “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A woman in a black shawl stands on a staircase and sings. Behind her people wait in line on a balcony.

Rayanne Gonzales as Emma Goldman in the musical “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A young boy in a suit and straw hat talks to a young girl in ragged clothes. A woman sits on a bench and pulls on the back of the boy's suit jacket, while a man stands behind the young girl and looks at the boy suspiciously.

Tracy Lynn Olivera, Henry Baratz, Dulcie Pham and Jonathan Atkinson in the Ford’s Theatre production of “Ragtime,” directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A young boy in a suit and straw hat talks to a young girl in ragged clothes. A woman sits on a bench and pulls on the back of the boy's suit jacket, while a man stands behind the young girl and looks at the boy suspiciously.

Tracy Lynn Olivera, Henry Baratz, Dulcie Pham and Jonathan Atkinson in the Ford’s Theatre production of “Ragtime,” directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Three women dressed in burlesque outfits dance together while two men in suits and straw hats look on.

(left to right) Elan Zafir, Felicia Curry, Justine “Icy” Moral, Eben K. Logan and Stephen F. Schmidt in the musical “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A young couple sit together on a blanket laid out on the ground. The man holds a newborn infant.

Kevin McAllister and Nova Y. Payton in the Ford’s Theatre production of “Ragtime,” directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A man kneels and holds a young girl in ragged clothes while talking with her. Behind them are hung silhouettes of various shapes.

Jonathan Atkinson as Tateh and Dulcie Pham as Little Girl in the Ford’s Theatre production of “Ragtime,” directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A large group of people in travelling outfits stand together under scaffolding and sing.

Cast of the musical “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

A woman stands in front of staircase and looks at the camera while holding a wrapped bundle.

Tracy Lynn Olivera as Mother in the Ford’s Theatre production of “Ragtime,” directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

"This is the show we need right now."
– Broadway World
"The new production at Ford’s Theatre stirringly delivers! Vividly dramatizes the country’s ever-hopeful, still unsettled story."
– The Washington Post
"Dazzling! Stunningly sung! Full of heart and optimism."
– DC Metro Theatre Arts
"An impressive revival! A must-see interpretation of a contemporary classic."
– Theatermania

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