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Heritage Repertory Theatre presents its largest production ever
“Ragtime” Opens At U.Va.’s Heritage Repertory Theatre

June 16, 2004 --

WHAT: The Musical: “Ragtime”

WHEN: Thursday, June 24, through Saturday, July 3, 8 to 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Culbreth Theatre
Drama Building, Culbreth Road
University of Virginia

The Tony Award-winning musical, “Ragtime,” will open the Heritage Repertory Theatre’s 30th season at the University of Virginia on Thursday, June 24. Performances will begin nightly at 8 p.m. in Culbreth Theatre and run through Saturday, July 3.

Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, “Ragtime” — with words and music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and book by Terrence McNally — won Tony Awards for Best Musical Score and Best Musical Book in 1998.

The U.Va. production will feature 40 actors on stage. Performers will come from as far away as New York, Los Angeles, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky and North Carolina. Well-known local actors, Doug Schneider, Dan Stern and Wendy Novicoff will also be featured.

“‘Ragtime’ is singularly the largest production the Heritage Repertory Theatre has ever undertaken,” said U.Va. drama department chairman Robert Chapel.

It tells the story of three families — an upper-middle-class family, a socialist immigrant Jewish family, and a Black family in Harlem. It follows the typical upper-class family members at the dawn of the 20th century as they interact with some historical figures of the day, including Harry Houdini, Emma Goldman and J.P. Morgan. Other fictional characters include an
immigrant peddler, who makes his fortune in the new world, and a ragtime piano player from Harlem whose demand for justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

Heritage Repertory Theatre’s ‘Ragtime” has been a long time in coming. “Ever since it first opened, I have looked forward to the time when the production rights would become available,” said Chapel, who is also the play’s director and producing artistic director. “It is one of those exceptional evenings in musical theater that combines a book of substance dealing with an important historical issue — race relations — with an unbelievably beautiful musical score. It is not only entertaining but thought-provoking.”

Tickets are available at the box office in the Drama Building from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (434) 924-3376 or visit the Web site: http://www.uvahrt.org.

Contacts: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629 or Gregory Harris, (434) 924-6939

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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