|John Brownell as Coalhouse with the ensemble|
(photo by Loco/FX Photography)
|"What a game!" (photo by Loco/FX Photography)|
|Mother (Angela Walberg), Father (Matthew Allen Nicholson),|
and son (Chloe Sorenson, photo by Loco/FX Photography)
What Hamilton is to the founding of this country, Ragime is to turn of the century pre-WWI America, with the story told primarily through the lives of average Americans, plus a few run-ins with famous names from history. Ragtime is about the American Dream, and what happens when that dream is denied to certain segments of its population. It's almost eerie how this show written 25 years ago about a time in our history over 100 years ago is still so relevant. You can hear the Black Lives Matter movement in Coalhouse's demands to be respected and treated with dignity and fairness, the struggles of an immigrant trying to make a better life for his family is still happening today, and the intersection of class, gender, money, and power still color our daily lives. Thanks to Morris Park Players for taking on this important, thrilling, gorgeous piece of music-theater and breathing such life into it!
*Plot summary borrowed from what I've written about previous productions.