Oct 13 – Nov 5, 2017
Tickets on sale August 2017
Book by Terrence McNally
Ragtime casting will be announced in September.
Read this interview with Ragtime Director Peter Rothstein about his vision for this reimagined production.
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Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.
All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.
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Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.
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Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid.
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Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.
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If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.
Set in the early twentieth century before World War I, Ragtime deals with the promises of the American dream and how they were fulfilled or denied for those already established in the United States, for those newly arrived as immigrants, and for those who were descendants of slaves. It follows the stories of three groups in New York: an African-American musician and the mother of his child in Harlem, an affluent upper-class family living in New Rochelle, and a Jewish father and daughter who have recently emigrated from Russia and settled in the Lower East Side.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
The show’s language is very mild; “son of a bitch” is heard twice. There are a couple of “damns” two “goddamns,” and one “shit.”
Racial slurs are heard on several occasions, particularly when bigots confront Coalhouse Walker, calling him “some high-falutin n----r and his whore and whore’s baby.” A crowd at a baseball game calls out, “Take your head out of your ass!” or “Kill the kike!” or “Run, you polack!”
The word “bastard” is several times applied to the child of Sarah and the musician, Coalhouse Walker.
Tateh, the Russian immigrant father, attacks a man who offers him money in exchange for his daughter.
A character is blocked from driving his car down a street; when he goes for help, his car is destroyed.
When workers organize a strike, mill owners call out the militia; a woman is struck down and Tateh, who tried to help her, is knocked down by a man with a nightstick.
A woman approaches the vice president, who is campaigning for the presidency, to ask for his help, and is mistakenly thought to have a gun (President McKinley had been assassinated not long before); she is clubbed down and killed.
A character who fails to get justice from the police or the courts resorts to vigilantism; fire stations are torched, and three people are shot. Later a character is shot as he attempts to surrender (all of this takes place offstage: the shots are heard, but the action is not seen).
Ragtime deals with the hope, poverty, and despair of the immigrant experience, including the fetid, unhealthy tenements, the backbreaking work, the bad food, and the minuscule pay experienced by factory workers. The story also shows the consequences of racist violence resulting in both loss of property and life, and the refusal of legal authorities to help the victims find justice.