RAGTIME at Live ArtsOctober 5-27, 2018

At the dawn of the 20th century, the world is changing, and America feels the growing pains. RAGTIME, based on E.L. Doctorow’s epic novel, weaves together three distinctly American tales—a determined Jewish immigrant and his daughter, a young Harlem pianist who dares to seek justice, and an affluent wife stifled by upper-class society. Brought together by the promise of a brighter future, the characters confront wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, love and despair, and show us the tenacity and enduring idealism of Americans.

Composer Stephen Flaherty and Lyricist Lynn Ahrens bring us a Tony-winning score that draws upon many styles, from the boogie-woogie rhythms of Harlem to the klezmer of the Lower
East Side, from bold brass band marches to gospel anthems.

We can only dream of a musical that brings as much realism and poetry to the picture as RAGTIME (4 of 4 stars).
USA Today

  • Based on the Novel by E.L. Doctorow
  • Directed by Ike Anderson
  • Musical Direction by Kristin Baltes
  • Choreography by Heather Powell
  • Sponsored by Alexander Nicholson
  • Book by Terrence McNally
  • Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
  • Music by Stephen Flaherty


Join us on October 4th and support the new season as we kick off our 28th year of Forging Theater and Community with an exclusive black-tie dinner and preview performance of RAGTIME!