Ragtime Art


Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Directed by Nick Vargas
Musical Direction by Jon Goldberg
Choreography by Nailah Randall-Bellinger

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.



Father – Peter S. Adams*
Younger Brother – Jonathan Acorn 
Ensemble – Kennedy Campbell
Tateh – Tony Castellanos*
Little Boy – Ben Choi-Harris
Evelyn Nesbit/Ensemble – Tara Deieso 
Ensemble – Cristina Gomez 
Kathleen/Ensemble – Abigail Mack 
Matthew Henson/Ensemble – Dwayne P. Mitchell 
Booker T. Washington/Ensemble – Davron Monroe*
Sarah’s Friend/Ensemble – Yewande Odetoyinbo*
Ensemble –
Matthew Packard
Ensemble – Henry Patton
Ensemble – Lily Park 
Coalhouse Walker Jr – Anthony Pires Jr.*
Sarah – Pier La Mia Porter*
Houdini/Ensemble – Brad Foster Reinking
Grandfather/J.P. Morgan/Ensemble – Robert Saoud*
Emma Goldman/Ensemble – Nicole Sarro*
Willie Conklin/Ensemble – Tom Sawyer* 
Welfare Agent/Ensemble – Carolyn Saxon*
Brigit/Ensemble – Jenna Lea Scott*
Ensemble – Maxwell Seelig 
Little Girl – Marissa Simeqi
Admiral Peary/Henry Ford/Ensemble – Daniel Forrest Sullivan
Mother – Lisa Yuen*
Ensemble –Edan Zinn
Coalhouse Walker III – Justice Robinson, Lyric Robinson,
Christopher Samuels, Genevieve Smith, Jian Thompson

*Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association


Director – Nick Vargas
Choreographer – Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Musical Director – Jon Goldberg
Set Designer – Lindsay Fuori
Lighting Designer – Aja Jackson
Costume Designer – Zoë Sundra
Props Designer – Elizabeth Rocha
Sound Designer – B.C. Williams
Production Stage Manager – Nicky Carbone*
Assistant Stage Manager – Kyle Hanscom*

*Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association


Photos by Nile Scott Studios


Rehearsal Video

Production Promo


Ragtime is of its time and our time

-The Boston Globe

Ragtime is seen through the eyes of children.

-Wicked Local

Wheelock’s Ragtime is a heartfelt triumph

-Theater Mirror

Wheelock Family Theatre’s Ragtime a Story That Resonates Today

-BU Today

Behind the Scenes

Costume Renderings by Zoë Sundra

Coalhouse Walker Jr - Getting Ready Rag
Tateh & Little Girl - Act II
Mother - Act II