RAGTIME at Live ArtsWoodard Properties presents RAGTIME
October 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!

Production Team

  • Bob Button, Producer
  • Ike Anderson, Director
  • Adrienne Oliver, Assistant Director
  • Scott Dunn, Stage Manager
  • Katie Rogers, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Kristin Baltes, Music Director
  • Heather Powell, Choreographer
  • Mariko Schaper Doktor, Dance Captain
  • Larry Friedland Fight, Choreographer
  • Jeff Bushman, Scenic Designer
  • Steven Reid, Lighting Designer
  • Mike Moxham, Sound Designer
  • Cee-Cee Swalling, Costume Designer
  • Katherine Stefl, Assistant Costume Designer
  • Laura Slack, Hair and Makeup Designer
  • Erica Haskins Hair, and Makeup Consultant
  • Mimi Halpern, Properties Designer
  • Kerry Moran, Props Mentor
  • Tim McNamara, Creative Collaborator
  • Shelby Edwards, Dramaturg
  • Geri Schirmer, Dramaturg
  • Michael Swanberg, Dramaturg
  • Tovah Close, Dialect Coach
  • Emma Gonder, Dresser
  • Brian Gibney, Lead Rigger
  • Jackie Lichtman, Lightboard Operator
  • Dave Goldstein, Lightboard Operator
  • Elayne Phillips, Follow Spot Operator


  • Kristin Baltes, Musical Director, Piano
  • Kip McCharen, Piano
  • Rob Dunnenberger, Drums
  • Robert Gregg, Reeds


  • Aly Brookland – Mother
  • Max Bulinski – Harry Houdini
  • Ernest Chambers – Booker T. Washington
  • Ginger Craghead-Way – Little Girl (performs: Oct. 3,5,10,12,14,18,20,24,26)
  • Mirabelle Metcalfe – Little Girl (performs: Oct. 4,6,11,13,17,19,21,25,27)
  • Violet Craghead-Way – Little Boy (performs: Oct. 4,6,10,12,14,18,20,25,27)
  • Miranda Powell – Little Boy (preforms: Oct. 3,5,11,13,17,19,21,24,26)
  • Jim Wynton – Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
  • Chris Estey – Tateh
  • Liz Leone – Evelyn Nesbit
  • Deandra McDonald – Sarah
  • Tim McNamara – Grandfather
  • Boomie Pedersen – Emma Goldman
  • Tim Read – Father
  • Edward Warwick White – Henry Ford, Willie Conklin
  • Gary Warwick White – Younger Brother
  • Mick Anderson – Ensemble
  • Mackie Boblette – Ensemble
  • Cadessa Davis – Ensemble
  • Deanna Dellaganna – Ensemble
  • Jeff Dreyfus – Ensemble
  • Kristen Gleason – Ensemble
  • Lindsay Goodrich – Ensemble
  • Edwina Herring – Ensemble
  • Thad Lane – Ensemble
  • Chante Mack – Ensemble
  • Shannon Montague – Ensemble
  • Emma Shirey – Ensemble
  • David Vaughn Straughn – Ensemble
  • Khadijah Williams – Ensemble