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Booker and Coalhouse.

WE MUST EXHIBIT PATIENCE: 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee for Best Actor In A Major Supporting Role Darryl Maximilian Robinson as Booker T. Washington and 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee for Best Actor In A Leading Role Deus Xavier Scott as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's noted musical revival of "RAGTIME" performed by The Kentwood Players at The Westchester Playhouse of Los Angeles. Photo by Shari Barrett.

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THE MOST FAMOUS NEGRO IN THE COUNTRY: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist Darryl Maximilian Robinson earned a 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nomination as Best Actor In A Major Supporting Role for his critically-praised performance as historic black educator and orator Booker T. Washington in the 2013 Kentwood Players' revival production of "RAGTIME" at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles, Ca. Photo by Shari Barrett.

Drew Fitzsimmons as Harry Houdine with lovely assistants and kind audience in Kentwood Players' 2013 revival of RAGTIME.

THINK OF HOUDINI THAT FABULOUS IMMIGRANT: 2013 Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee as Best Actor In A Major Supporting Role Drew Fitzsimmons as the renowned magician and illusionist Harry Houdini( center-right ) joined by his two lovely assistants and a delighted audience in the 2013 Kentwood Players' revival of the musical masterpiece "RAGTIME" at The Westchester Playhouse of Los Angeles. The production is winner of 9 2013 Marcom Masque Theatre Awards ( Including Best Director for Susan Goldman Weisbarth and Best Play ), 2 Stage Scene L A "Scenie" Theatre Awards as well as a 2014 Los Angeles NAACP Theatre Award Nomination for Best Costume Design ( for production team members Jayne Hamil, Maria Cohen and Sheridan Cole Crawford ). Photo by Shari Barrett.

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Showcard for the 2013 Kentwood Players' revival of the musical "Ragtime" powerfully directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth and performed at The Westchester Playhouse of Los Angeles.

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A video selection of scenes from Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's critically-praised staging of the 2013 Kentwood Players' revival of the musical "RAGTIME" performed at The Westchester Playhouse of Los Angeles.

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A MOST POWERFUL SPEAKER: 2013 Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee as Best Actress In A Major Supporting Role Joanna Churgin as the famed immigrant and social activist Emma Goldman, 2013 Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee as Best Actress In A Minor Supporting Role Karen E. Kolkey as The Little Girl and 2013 Marcom Masque Theatre Award Winner as Best Actor In A Leading Role and 2013 Stage Scene LA "Scenie" Theatre Award Winner for Best Featured Actor In A Memorable Performance In A Musical Bradley Miller as Tateh in the 2013 Kentwood Players' Los Angeles theatre award-winning revival production of Terrence McNally's, Stephen Flaherty's and Lynn Ahrens' Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece "RAGTIME" directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth at The Westchester Playhouse. Photo by Shari Barrett.

Amanda Majkrzak as Evelyn Nesbitt in the 2013 musical revival of Ragtime at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles

RUNNING AWAY TO ATLANTIC CITY: The dynamic actress-singer-comedienne Amanda Majkrzak earned a 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nomination as Best Actress In A Major Supporting Role for her engaging performance of the notorious "Girl On The Swing," Evelyn Nesbit in Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's staging of The Kentwood Players' musical revival of "RAGTIME" at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. Photo by Shari Barrett.

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THE FAMILY THAT STAYS TOGETHER: 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominees Rocky Miller as Father, Jennifer Sperry as Mother, Slater Ross as Mother's Younger Brother, Logan Gould as The Little Boy ( Edgar ) and George Kondreck as Grandfather ( all at center ) joined in the background by The New Rochelle Citizeny of Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's noted staging of The Kentwood Players' revival production of "RAGTIME" at The Westchester Playhouse In Los Angeles. Photo by Shari Barrett.

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DREAMING OF THE WHEELS: Deus Xavier Scott as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. and Johanna Rose Burrell as Sarah were nominated for Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Awards for Best Actor In A Leading Role and Best Actress In A Leading Role for their fine work in Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's effective staging of the 2013 Kentwood Players' musical revival of "RAGTIME" at The Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. Photo by Shari Barrett.

Mother Back To Before

THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE UNAFRAID: Gifted actress and singer Jennifer Sperry as Mother ( seen here at center performing "Back To Before" ) joined by the talented ladies of the ensemble, earned not only a 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nomination as Best Actress In A Leading Role, but she also received a 2013 Stage Scene LA "Scenie" Theatre Award as Best Featured Actress In A Memorable Performance In A Musical for her wonderful work in Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's staging of The Kentwood Players' revival of the Musical "RAGTIME" at LA's Westchester Playhouse. Photo by Shari Barrett.

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QUESTIONING COALHOUSE'S SANITY: 2013 Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee as Best Actor In A Major Supporting Role Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( The Founder of the multiracial chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago and critically-praised veteran theatre artist ) was pleased, proud and honored to bring to the life the historic black educator and orator Booker T. Washington in skilled Director Susan Goldman Weisbarth's staging of the 2013 Kentwood Players' revival of the musical masterpiece "RAGTIME" at The Westchester Playhouse of Los Angeles. Photo by Shari Barrett.

Ragtime (1998). Music: Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens, Book: Terrence McNally.

Synopsis: An acclaimed Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel. Mr. Coalhouse Walker, Jr., an extremely gifted, young, black Harlem musician, wants to win back the affections of his former girlfriend Sarah, by buying a new Ford model T ( a vehicle of great personal value and self-esteem to its purchaser, and a car so critical to the plot of this musical that it is enthusiastically described in song by its renowned manufacturer, Henry Ford, himself ) to impress her. One day, while on a leisure drive, he asks directions from a group of white racist firemen, who harass him, and then vandalize and destroy his car. Unable to find justice, after many attempts, and completely emotionally-destroyed after the senseless death of Sarah ( caused by brutal and blind white racist officials ), Mr. Coalhouse Walker, Jr. burns down fire stations, kills white firemen, and plots to blow up world-famous multimillionaire J.P. Morgan’s magnificent library. Also richly interwoven into the plot of the musical's book and score are the tremendous struggles, trials and tribulations of the newly-arrived to America Jewish immigrant Tateh ( a widower desperately seeking a better life for himself and his daughter, The Little Girl ) by gaining SUCCESS, and a profound and true awareness for a woman's need for personal identity and independence by the Mother of the extremely-wealthy white family ( which includes Father, Mother's Younger Brother, The Little Boy "Edgar," and Grandfather ) that takes Sarah in after she attempts to bury her new-born child ( a son by Mr. Coalhouse Walker, Jr. ) alive. As in Doctorow's best-selling book, and the subsequent Oscar-nominated film, numerous celebrities and historic figures from the early 20-century appear in the musical and play significant roles in influencing the ultimate destinies of the principal characters. However, in "Ragtime" the musical, the book and score give special emphasis to: the out-spoken immigrant and passionate social activist, Emma Goldman; the scandalous vaudeville entertainer and star witness of "The Crime of The Century," Evelyn Nesbit; the internationally-acclaimed magician and ( possibly psychic ) illusionist Harry Houdini; and the much-revered black educator and orator Booker T. Washington ( who serves as Mr. Coalhouse Walker Jr.'s final moral compass ). Of all the figures ( both fictional and historic ) represented on stage in this musical, it is Mr. Washington ( The Founder of The Tuskegee Institute which will evolve into a center of Black America known as Tuskegee University ) who provides the the most telling remark regarding the state of race relations during this era ( and sadly, despite a long-and-hard-fought Civil Rights Movement and a successful first two-term U. S. Presidency by an internationally- respected African-American stateman ) that still rings true today when he states: "We must exhibit patience, self-control, forbearance, and dwell above hatred and acts of cruelty." A musical filled with emotional and gut-wrenching drama ( unafraid in addressing issues of race, social injustice, womens' rights and immigrants' rights) , combined with beautifully-lush, and intricately-composed melodies and harmonies, capped by words sung that mirror the finest poetic verse, "Ragtime," exemplifies what it is to be part of THE AMERICAN DREAM! Memorable tunes include: "New Music," "Wheels Of A Dream", "Back To Before," "Make Them Hear You," "What A Game," "Sarah Brown Eyes," "Journey On," "Our Children," the incredible title opening song, and the heart-breaking "Till We Reach That Day." With its powerful Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally, poignant, touching and clever Tony Award-winning lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and rousing and spectacular Tony Award-winning musical score by Stephen Flaherty, "Ragtime" is a moving, remarkable American theatre masterpiece.

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https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Reviews-Kentwood-Players-Stage-Melodically-Rousing-RAGTIME-20130320

http://www.stagescenela.com/2013/03/ragtime-2/
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