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Directed by Michael Holtzman
Produced by Julie Boor and Lucas McMahon
Written by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally
Sponsored by Arts Alliance
Show Dates January 21-29, 2011
Venue Cahn Auditorium


A collaboration of the award-winning composer and lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical, Lucky Stiff) and noted playwright Terrence McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class), RAGTIME is based on E.L. Doctorow's novel of the same title.

The nostalgic musical weaves the stories of three diverse groups as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. Among the show's main characters are a musician from Harlem, a "WASP" family matriarch and a Latvian Jewish immigrant.

First directed on Broadway in 1998 by Northwestern alumnus and Professor Emeritus Frank Galati, the show received 13 Tony nominations and won four Tony awards, including best original score.

Ahrens and Flaherty's Tony-winning score draws upon musical styles popular during the early years of the 20th century. The show includes the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, the klezmer sounds of New York's Lower East Side, brass band marches, gospel songs, waltzes and parlor songs of the period.


  • Mother: Liz Olanoff
  • Coalhouse: Tommy Wells
  • Tateh: Jesse Greenwald
  • Father: Spencer Squire
  • Sarah: Leslie Jackson
  • Younger Brother: Matt Deitchman
  • Little Boy: Jonny Stein
  • Little Girl: Rachel Shapiro
  • Evelyn Nesbit: Janna D'Ambrisi
  • Emma Goldman: Andi Alhadeff
  • Harry Houdini: Ben Hoffman
  • Booker T. Washington: Michael Henry
  • Henry Ford: Zach Sorrow
  • J.P. Morgan: Chase Altenbern
  • Grandfather: Jack Mitchell
  • Willie Conklin: Steve McQuown
  • Sarah's Friend: Kimberly Blake
  • Ensemble:
    • Shauntelle Brown
    • Will Carlyon
    • Ben Estus
    • Esther Fiebig
    • Jesse Grider
    • Gaby Hornig
    • Evelyn Jacoby
    • Austin James
    • Jessica Kahkoska
    • Kara Lewis
    • Yando Lopez-Giron
    • Melissa Lynch
    • Corey Moss
    • Pernell Myers
    • Charlotte Ostrow
    • Seana Peterson
    • Leila Pree
    • Rebecca Ruttle
    • Ed Wasserman
    • Mia Weinberger

Production Team

  • Executive Producers: Julie Boor, Lucas McMahon
  • Director: Michael Holtzman
  • Music Directors: Liz Doran, Patrick Sulken
  • Choreographer: Emily Maltby
  • Stage Manager: Ariel Stein
  • Assistant Producer: Brandon Johnston
  • Assistant Director: Allison Finn
  • Assistant Music Directors: Ellen Morris, Kate Willey
  • Assistant Stage Managers: Caley Beretta, Elizabeth Dauterman

Artistic Team

  • Production Manager: Mary Hungerford
  • Set Designer: Tina Frank
    • Assistant Set Designers: Corinne Bass, Miranda Benner
  • Technical Director: Evan Derrow
    • Assistant Technical Director:Matthew Filak
  • Lighting Designer: Daniel Lazar
    • Assistant Lighting Designers: Maria Benson, David Griffin
  • Master Electrician: Aaron Quick
  • Costume Designer: Sarah Wachtel
    • Assistant Costume Designer: Claire Gutermuth
  • Sound Designer: Daniel Carlyon
  • Properties Designer: Paige Anderson
  • Hair/Make-up Designer: Caitlin Oates
    • Assistant Hair/Make-up Designer: Anna Badalamenti
  • Projections Designer: Jacqueline Reyno
  • Dramaturg: Leah Harris
  • Fight Choreographer: Ned Baker
  • Dialect Coach: Alex Ryser
  • Set Production Assistants: Juanita Anderson, Samantha Egle, Josh Gordon, Lena Krause, Brandon Powers, Jeff Sachs, Judy Suh
  • Scenery/Props Crew: Juanita Anderson, Matthew Filak, Josh Gordon, Lena Krause, Anca Ulea
  • Lighting Production Assistants: Nate Bartlett, Adrienne Dunk, Stephanie Kahn, Alex Moe, Kate Villa, Brad Zipser
  • Light Board Operator: Stephanie Kahn
  • Follow Spot Operators: Nate Bartlett, Meg Delaney, Gabrielle Knight, Ethan Levine-Weinberg
  • Props Production Assistants: Meg Delaney, Brennan Suen, Anca Ulea
  • Costume Production Assistants: Ashley Austin, Mollie Block, Samantha Brody, Corinne Eckart, Gaby Febland, Rebecca Gausnell, Tessa Leuth, Ella Pennington
  • Costume Crew: Corinne Eckart, Gaby FeBland, Tessa Leuth
  • Hair/Make-up Production Assistants/Crew: Samantha Brody, Monique Gaynor, Nicola Rinow
  • Sound Engineer: Daniel Carlyon
  • Microphone Technicians: Ryan Garson, Sean Gransee
  • Sound Production Assistants: Ryan Garson, Sean Gransee, Mitchell Johnston

Business Team

  • Advertising: Royer Bockus
    • Assistant Director of Advertising: Ashley Austin
    • On-Campus Advertising: Rebecca Gausnell, Jake Perlman
    • Off-Campus Advertising: Taylor Bostwick, Ryan Garson, Kelley Abell
  • Alumni Relations: Jesse Rothschild
    • Assistant Director of Alumni Relations: Nicola Rinow
  • Community Programming: Emily Olcott
    • Educational Outreach: Brennan Suen
    • Institutional Outreach: Danielle Nash
  • Development: Sonya Roberts
    • Individual Giving: Michael Silberblatt
    • Institutional Giving: Mitchell Johnston
    • Family Relations: Caroline Siede
    • Development Team: Hanchen Wang
  • Digital Media: Rebecca Orr
    • Digital Media Associate: Ryan Hynes
    • Social Marketing: Ben Ratskoff
    • Photographers: Justin Barbin, Natalie Krebs
    • Videographer: Travis LaBella
  • Events: Sean Brennan
    • Freshman Cabaret: Zoe Maltby
    • Mock of Ages: Chelsey Burger
    • Pride Rock: Elise Hausken
    • Pride Rock Team: Cat Alter, Ned Baker, Erin Cutler
    • Date Auction: Mary Kelly, Ella Pennington
    • Events Team: Monique Gaynor
  • Finance: Greg Smith
  • Graphic Design: John Allman
  • Promotions: Naomi Brodkin
    • In-Kind Donations: Lena Krause
    • Corporate Relatios: Madison Loew
  • Public Relations: Anna Ciamporcero
    • Off-Campus PR: Laura Schatz
    • On-Campus PR: Mollie Block
  • Sales: Gabrielle Knight
    • Group Sales: Katie Funderburg, Brandon Powers
  • Finance: Greg Smith
  • Graphic Design: John Allman
  • Promotions: Naomi Brodkin
  • Public Relations: Anna Ciamporcero
  • Sales: Gabrielle Knight