A large, multi-ethnic group of people dressed in early twentieth century clothes stand in a group and look to the right.
Cast of the musical Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.


An epic musical!

date March 10, 2017 — May 20, 2017
~2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
Recommended for ages 12 and older

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. As the country balances on the cusp of social change, the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect—and their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed. With an expansive musical score, striking relevancy and a who’s who of 20th-century historical characters, Ragtime confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Peter Flynn (1776, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) directs an all-star D.C. cast including Kevin S. McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan Atkinson.

Artistic Team

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Director Peter Flynn
Choreographer Michael Bobbitt
Music Director Christopher Youstra
Scenic Design Milagros Ponce de Leon
Costume Design Wade Laboissonniere
Lighting Design Rui Rita
Sound Design David Budries
Projection Design Clint Allen
Wig and Make-up Design Anne Nesmith
Orchestrations Kim Scharnberg
Dramaturge Jennifer L. Nelson
Dialects Leigh Wilson Smiley
Production Stage Manager Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager Taryn Friend
Casting Patrick Pearson


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Jonathan Atkinson


Headshot for actor Christopher Bloch.

Christopher Bloch

Grandfather/J.P. Morgan

Felicia Curry

Sarah’s Friend and Dance Captain

Headshot for actress Rayanne Gonzales.

Rayanne Gonzales

Emma Goldman

Headshot for James Konicek.

James Konicek


Headshot of actor Gregory Maheu

Gregory Maheu

Younger Brother

Headshot for Kevin McAllister.

Kevin S. McAllister


Headshot for Justine Moral.

Justine “Icy” Moral

Evelyn Nesbit

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Christopher Mueller


Tracy Lynn Olivera


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Nova Y. Payton


Headshot of actor Jefferson Russell

Jefferson A. Russell

Booker T. Washington

Stephen F. Schmidt

Harry K. Thaw/Adm. Peary

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John Leslie Wolfe

Henry Ford

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Elan Zafir

Stanford White/Willie Conklin

Headshot for actress Maria Egler.

Maria Egler


Headshot for Ines Nassara.

Ines Nassara


Headshot for Eben Logan.

Eben K. Logan


Headshot of actor Sean-Maurice Lynch

Sean-Maurice Lynch


Headshot for RayShun Purefoy

Rayshun LaMarr Purefoy


Headshot for actress Karen Vincent.

Karen Vincent


Headshot for Tobias Young.

Tobias Young


Headshot for actress Ashleigh King.

Ashleigh King


Headshot for Ryan Burke.

Ryan Burke


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Henry Baratz

Little Boy

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Holden Browne

Little Boy

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Dulcie Pham

Little Girl

Headshot for Kylee Hope Geraci.

Kylee Geraci

Little Girl

Headshot for Mya King-Namdar.

Mya King-Namdar

Coalhouse Walker III

Headshot for Rubin Singleton IV.

Rubin B. Singleton IV

Coalhouse Walker III

Artistic Team

Conductor/Keys 1/Accordion Christopher Youstra
Keys 2 Victor Simonson
Reeds (Clarinet, Flute, Pic, Alto Sax) Lee Lachman
Trumpet/Flugel Fred Irby, III
Trombone Joe Jackson
Violin Andrea Vercoe
Bass/Tuba Yousef Chisholm
Banjo/Steel Acoustic Gerry Kunkel
Drums Danny Villanueva

From the Gallery

"This is the show we need right now."
– Broadway World
"The new production at Ford’s Theatre stirringly delivers! Vividly dramatizes the country’s ever-hopeful, still unsettled story."
– The Washington Post
"Dazzling! Stunningly sung! Full of heart and optimism."
– DC Metro Theatre Arts
"An impressive revival! A must-see interpretation of a contemporary classic."
– Theatermania

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