Connecticut Theatre Company explores Americana with its production of Ragtime, running from December 8-January 14. The Tony Award-winning musical with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens is directed by Duane Campbell and features a cast of 33 local actors.
Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia. Historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman are represented in the stories. Ragtime is a powerful musical, depicting life in turn-of-the-century America. It explores America’s timeless contradictions of freedom and prejudice, wealth and poverty, hope and despair.
The talented cast includes: Ben Stone-Zelman (West Hartford); Bobby Hannafey, Krystina Diaz, Simone McMahon (Wallingford); Doug McCarthy (Torrington); Erin Campbell, Duane Campbell, Hannah Rubitz, Kristen Norris (New Britain); Garth West, Leondra Smith-West, John Regan (Stratford); Jasmine Alexandria, Jordyn Dombroski, Julia Leba, Katerina Levasseur, Kristi Yurko, Zachary Taylor (Bristol); Jim Ryan, Renee Sutherland (Meriden); Jodi Dickson (Burlington); Joshua Thompson, Melissa Pelletier (Berlin); Justin Henry (Hartford); Kristen Scheuermann (Southbury); Lexi White (Middlebury); Melissa Rostkoski (Deep River); Nancy Williams, Calum McConnell (Cheshire); Patrick Booth (Glastonbury); Natalie Von Achen (Manchester); Robert Melendez (Waterbury); Steffon Sampson (Southington)
Ragtime opens Friday, December 8th. Performances run Friday through Sunday until December 17th, and then continues after the holidays from January 5th through January 14th. Tickets start at $23, with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. Tickets are available by visiting connecticuttheatrecompany.org or by purchasing at the door the night of the show. Connecticut Theatre Company is located at the historic Repertory Theatre on 23 Norden Street in New Britain, CT.