‘Ragtime’ shows audiences challenges of 20th century

Megan Confer

The School of Theater and Dance continues its production season with “Ragtime” at 8 p.m. Friday in the E. Turner Stump Theatre at the Music and Speech Building.

Eric van Baars, director of the play, said “Ragtime” follows three families to show the challenges of immigration, racism and industrialization at the turn of the 20th century.

“Every character wants a better life for their children, hope for the future,” he said. “It’s all about the American dream. The characters in this play overcome their prejudices. Even though the whole story is set 100 years ago, it’s really pertinent to families today.”

Baars said the play has been in the works for two years.

“It’s really a beautiful story. The music is gorgeous, the story is personal, it’s about people triumphing over injustices and creating families and empowering women.”

The play will run Feb. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., Feb. 19 at 2 p.m., Feb. 22 to 25 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

According to a press release, the box office is open weekdays from noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are $8 for students, $12 for seniors (60+), $14 for faculty, staff and Alumni Association members, and $16 for Adults. Groups of 10 or more are $7 per person.

For tickets or more information call 330-672-2497 or visit www.theatre.kent.edu.

Contact Megan Confer at [email protected].