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Ragtime

Oct 13 – Nov 5, 2017

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Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder
Produced in collaboration with Asolo Repertory Theatre

With scintillating music and an intensely compelling story of love at its core, Ragtime is a musical theater masterpiece that will inspire and touch your soul. It's the turn of the century; everything is changing. Set in the volatile melting pot of New York City, three distinct American stories are woven together: an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician, all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Featuring the richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score.

"This is big-brain, bold strokes musical theatre storytelling at its most vibrant" - Variety

"A triumph for the stage" - TIME Magazine

The Ragtime running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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Ragtime

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Ragtime introduces the stories of fictional characters and intertwines them with the lives of real-life historical figures. Get to know some of these characters from history here.
Check out photos behind the scenes at Ragtime rehearsal.
Read this interview with Ragtime Director Peter Rothstein about his vision for this reimagined production.

 

Ragtime Creative Team

Director: Peter Rothstein

Choreographer: Kelli Foster Warder

Music Director: Ben Whiteley

Scenic Designer: Michael Hoover

Costume Designer: Trevor Bowen

Lighting DesignerDuane Schuler

Sound Designer: Christopher Walker

Hair and Wig Designer: Mary Pyanowski Jones

New Orchestrations: Bruce Monroe

Vocal Arrangements: Kat Sherrell

Production Stage Manager: Erin B. Zatloka

Ragtime Cast (click for bios):

ASA ADAMS

ASA ADAMS
Coalhouse Walker III

ASA ADAMS

ASA ADAMS
(Coalhouse Walker III)

Adams makes his debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Ragtime! Adams makes a stage anywhere; he loves to entertain. If he isn’t dressing up like a superhero, Adams is probably reading about superheroes with his parents.

ANDI ALHADEFF

ANDI ALHADEFF
Emma Goldman

ANDI ALHADEFF

ANDI ALHADEFF
(Emma Goldman)

Alhadeff is thrilled to be returning to The 5th Avenue stage in this important production and honored to be playing Emma Goldman, a female immigrant who fought for the rights of others. The 5th Avenue Theatre: Grease (ChaCha), Jasper in Deadland (Persephone), RENT (Joanne), Oliver! and The Sound of Music. ACT Theatre: Bad Apples (Debbie). The Village Theatre: Writing Kevin Taylor (Julia). Off-Broadway: Jasper in Deadland (Persephone/Others). Thank you friends and family. Go NU!

ERIC ANKRIM

ERIC ANKRIM
Houdini, Willie Conklin

ERIC ANKRIM

ERIC ANKRIM
(Houdini, Willie Conklin)

5th Ave: Man of La Mancha, Paint Your Wagon, How to Succeed…, Jacques Brel... ,Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror  Show, Miss Saigon. Broadway: First Date. Endless love to Michele and the kids. 

JOSHUA CARTER

JOSHUA CARTER
Tateh

JOSHUA CARTER

JOSHUA CARTER
(Tateh)

Carter is thrilled to return to The 5th! Previous 5th Avenue credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot and Guys and Dolls. Broadway First National Tour: ONCE. Seattle: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Writing Kevin Taylor, Trails, Fiddler on the Roof, It Shoulda Been You (Village Theatre); Mary Stuart, A Christmas Carol, Das Barbecu (ACT Theatre); Uncle Vanya, Richard III, Titus Andronicus (Intiman). Studio Guitarist: Common Jack, Stuart Ward, Ryan Link. Pit Guitarist: Jesus Christ Superstar, 9 to 5, Murder Ballad. Carter is currently, and proudly, pursing a Registered Nursing degree. Endless love to Hunnie and the Bears! www.joshcointernational.com.

LAUREN DU PREE

LAUREN DU PREE
Sarah's Friend

LAUREN DU PREE

LAUREN DU PREE
(Sarah's Friend)

Du Pree is excited to be back at The 5th! 5th Ave: The Pajama Game, Man of La Mancha (Antonia), How to Succeed… Regional: Village Theatre: Dreamgirls (Deena), My Heart is The Drum (Kanika); Kennedy Center; Ford’s Theatre; Signature Theatre. TV: Biz Kid$. Instagram: @justdu_pree. JustDuPree.com.

DANYEL FULTON

DANYEL FULTON
Sarah

DANYEL FULTON

DANYEL FULTON
(Sarah)

Fulton is so excited to make her 5th Ave debut! Off Broadway: Jasper in Deadland (Ammut, Prospect Theater Company). National Tour: Hair (Dionne, 2nd National Tour). Regional: Darling Grenadine (Goodspeed Opera House), The Trip to Bountiful (Thelma, Capital Repertory Theater), Beehive (Tina/Aretha, Flat Rock Playhouse), A Night With Janis Joplin (Blues Singer, Capital Repertory Theater/Barter Theater). NY Theater: The Wiz (Dorothy, Harlem Repertory Theater), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlayne, Harlem Repertory Theater), A Time To Love (Aisha, National Black Theater). Fulton received Audelco nominations for her performances as Dorothy, Charlayne and Aisha. Many thanks to The Mine, dear friends and family.

EMILY HAMILTON

EMILY HAMILTON
Skater, Little Girl Understudy

EMILY HAMILTON

EMILY HAMILTON
(Skater, Little Girl Understudy)

From North Bend, Washington, 11 year old Emily Hamilton is making her 5th Avenue debut. Studying dance, voice and ventriloquism since the age of three, Hamilton has won many local, state and national talent competitions.

HUGH HASTINGS

HUGH HASTINGS
Grandfather, Henry Ford

HUGH HASTINGS

HUGH HASTINGS
(Grandfather, Henry Ford)

Hastings has previously been seen at The 5th Avenue as Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, Olin Britt in Music Man, Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees!, Isidore Strauss in the concert version of Titanic, Jacob in Joseph… and Dr. Lyman Hall in 1776. He has also been often seen in productions at Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre and many other regional theaters.

LOUIS HOBSON

LOUIS HOBSON
Father/J.P. Morgan

LOUIS HOBSON

LOUIS HOBSON
(Father/J.P. Morgan)

5th Avenue: Assassins, A Room with a View, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Hair. Broadway: Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize), Bonnie & Clyde, Leap of Faith, People in the Picture. Film/TV: Captain Fantastic (Oscar Nomination/Sundance/Cannes 2016), Laggies (Sundance 2014), Lucky Them (TIFF 2014), C.O.G. (Sundance 2013), The Man in the High Castle (Amazon). Producer: Tenors of Rock Vegas.

COLEMAN HUNTER

COLEMAN HUNTER
Little Boy

COLEMAN HUNTER

COLEMAN HUNTER
(Little Boy)

Hunter is proud to be returning to The 5th Avenue Theatre! Previous shows at The 5th: The Secret Garden (Colin) and The Sound of Music (Kurt). Thanks to the Ragtime cast and crew, Jeannette, Mom, Dad and Faye.

APOLLO JONES

APOLLO JONES
Little Boy Understudy

APOLLO JONES

APOLLO JONES
(Little Boy Understudy)

Jones is making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut in Ragtime. A Seattle native, Jones recently performed in Tarzan in the role of Young Terk at the Kitsap Forest Theater.

MATTHEW KACERGIS

MATTHEW KACERGIS
Younger Brother

MATTHEW KACERGIS

MATTHEW KACERGIS
(Younger Brother)

5th Avenue/Tour: The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric). Regional: Les Misérables (Marius), Billy Elliot (Tony), Chasing Nicolette (Aucassin) and Anne of Green Gables (Gilbert Blythe) at Village Theatre. Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Wickham) at La Mirada Theatre. Parade (Frankie/Young Soldier) and The Civil War (“Tell My Father”) at Ford’s Theatre. Spring Awakening (Melchior) and Cinderella (Prince Christopher) at Olney Theatre Center. TV/Film: Veep. Cast Recording: A Walk On The Wild Side. Proud AEA and SAG-AFTRA member. MatthewKacergis.com.

KENDRA KASSEBAUM

KENDRA KASSEBAUM
Mother

KENDRA KASSEBAUM

KENDRA KASSEBAUM
(Mother)

5th Avenue Theatre: The Secret Garden, A Little Night Music, Company, Cinderella, ELF. 5th Ave/ACT Theatre: Assassins, Jacques Brel. Seattle Rep: Come From Away. Broadway: Come From Away (Janice), Wicked (Glinda), RENT (Maureen), Assassins (Ensemble), Leap of Faith (Sam). New York Theater: Manhattan Theater Club’s The Receptionist (Lorraine), Roundabout Theater Company’s A Little Night Music with Vanessa Redgrave (Petra). Tours: Come From Away (Helen Hayes Nomination), Wicked 1st National Tour original cast (Helen Hayes Nomination). Original cast albums: Leap of Faith, Assassins, Come From Away. Film: The Other Woman. Favorite regional credits include: Actors Theater of Louisville, Sundance Writer’s Lab, San Jose Rep, Ordway Theater, Florida Stage, The Muny, Arizona Theatre Company.

DOUGLAS LYONS

DOUGLAS LYONS
Coalhouse Walker

DOUGLAS LYONS

DOUGLAS LYONS
(Coalhouse Walker)

5th Ave debut. Broadway: Beautiful (Original Cast), The Book of Mormon. Tour: Dreamgirls; Rent and Mormon 1st Nat’l. Favorite Regional: The Muny (JCS); Hartford Stage Co. (To Kill a Mockingbird). As a composer-lyricist, Lyons was awarded the Bully Free Communities Spotlight Award for Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, which will arrive Off-Broadway at The Atlantic Theater Company this fall. Upcoming world premiere: Five Points at Theater Latté Da. Commissions: 5th Ave Theatre, Prospect Theater Company and Casa Mañana Theatre. Love to Michael Finkle (WME), Cyd and Harold (CLA) and JB. @DouglasSings.

RICHARD PEACOCK

RICHARD PEACOCK
Coalhouse's Friend

RICHARD PEACOCK

RICHARD PEACOCK
(Coalhouse's Friend)

It’s always a joy and an honor for Peacock to return to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s stage. Previous 5th Avenue credits include: A Chorus Line (Richie Walters), Pajama Game, How to Succeed… and Man of La Mancha (Featured Ensemble). Other regional credits include: Dreamgirls (Dance Captain), Xanadu (Terpsichore) and Fiddler on the Roof (Featured Ensemble).

TATUM POIRRIER

TATUM POIRRIER
Little Girl

TATUM POIRRIER

TATUM POIRRIER
(Little Girl)

Poirrier is thrilled to be back at The 5th after making her debut in The Sound of Music. This fourth grader gives special thanks to APL, Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre and her family for always believing in her.

MARRSEAN SONKO

MARRSEAN SONKO
Coalhouse Walker III

MARRSEAN SONKO

MARRSEAN SONKO
(Coalhouse Walker III)

Sonko is thrilled to be making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut! He is four years old and attends Seattle’s Littlest Performers Preschool. He would like to thank his dad, mom and big sisters for all of their support.

BILLIE WILDRICK

BILLIE WILDRICK
Evelyn Nesbit

BILLIE WILDRICK

BILLIE WILDRICK
(Evelyn Nesbit)

Wildrick, recently seen as Babe Williams in The Pajama Game here at The 5th, has been described in the press as a sultry siren, a live wire and an effervescent sex bomb who burns scenery to a crisp and couldn’t be more appealing if she were a banana. She enjoys a vibrant theatrical career in Seattle—as an actor and a director—and has received four nominations, a Gregory and three Footlight Awards for her work onstage. www.billiewildrick.com.

TY WILLIS

TY WILLIS
Booker T. Washington

TY WILLIS

TY WILLIS
(Booker T. Washington)

A veteran performer, Mr. Willis is excited to be part of this talented cast. Previous 5th Avenue shows include: Most Happy Fella, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Smokey Joe’s Café, Buddy, Memphis and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Willis will also be featured in next year’s 5th Avenue production of Kiss Me, Kate.

Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail info@5thavenue.org.

Arrival Time

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.

Running Time

The Ragtime running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Late Seating

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.

Weather

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

Children

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

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.

Food & Drinks

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. 

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre. The 5th cannot guarantee that ticket donations are tax deductable and does not produce tax receipts for these donations. Please call 206.625.1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets

If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Third-Party Tickets

We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

Cameras & Recorders

The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher

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 13 and up.

Running Time:

The Ragtime running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Adult Language:

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!”

 

Sexual References:

The word “bastard” is several times applied to the child of Sarah and the musician, Coalhouse Walker. 

 

Violence:

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 brutally clubbed down and killed in a scene some may find disturbing.

A character who fails to get justice from the police or the courts resorts to vigilantism; at one point he fires his gun into the air. Later, fire stations are torched, three people are shot, and a character is shot as he attempts to surrender, but these events take place offstage: the shots are heard, but the action is not seen.

 

Alcohol/Drugs: None.

 

Mature Themes:

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.