Griffin Theatre's Hit Musical RAGTIME Extends Through 7/22
Due to popular demand, Griffin Theatre Company's newly-orchestrated chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical RAGTIME will add one additional week of performances, extending through July 22, 2017 at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Reimagined by director Scott Weinstein with new orchestrations by Matt Deitchman, music direction by Jermaine Hill and Ellen Morris and choreography by William Carlos Angulo, RAGTIME features a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Tickets for all performances are currently available at www.griffintheatre.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.
With 20 actors, two pianos and a wind instrument, RAGTIME features Laura McClain as Mother, Denzel Tsopnang as Coalhouse Walker, Jr., Jason Richards as Tateh, Katherine Thomas as Sarah, Ben Miller as The Little Boy, Autumn Hlava as The Little Girl, Matt Edmonds as Younger Brother, Frederick Harris as Booker T. Washington, Scott Allen Luke as Father, Neala Barron as Emma Goldman, Caitlin Collins as Evelyn Nesbit, Jonathan Schwart as Henry Ford, Joe Capstick as Harry Houdini, Larry Baldacci as Grandfather, Danielle Davis as Sarah's Friend, Courtney Jones as Kathleen/Brigit and others, with an ensemble including Marcellus Burt, Arielle Leverett, Alanna Lovely and Juwon Tyrel Perry.
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, RAGTIME is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson-part family saga, this stirring musical asks us think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America.
The production team for RAGTIME includes: William Boles (scenic design), Rachel Sypniewski (costume design), Alexander Ridgers (lighting design), Stephen Ptacek and Ralph Loza (sound design), Annamarie Giordano (properties design), Catherine Allen (production manager), KZ Wilkerson (asst. director/asst. choreographer) Katie Messmore (stage manager) and Nick Plakas (asst. stage manager).
Premiere Production Sponsor: Michael and Mona Heath.
Photo credit: Michael Brosilow