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GOLDEN LEAF RAGTIME BLUES

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GOLDEN LEAF RAGTIME BLUES

“Beautifully directed...pitch perfect...yet another hit” – Berkshire Edge

Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues takes place in the early 1990s, post-LA Riots, exploring the unusual connection between a Black teenager and an aging Jewish vaudevillian through comedy and music.

Taking place over the course of one afternoon, Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues illustrates how the basic human need for connection cuts across the barriers of race, religion, and age. It's been recently reworked by playwright Charles Smith, with the involvement of Director Raz Golden, and will be presented in its current form for the first time at Shakespeare & Company.

“This version is more of an ensemble piece,” says Golden. “There is more reflection on the psyche, and more examination of how the political world can affect how we connect with others.”

Generously Co-sponsored by Beverly Hyman and Larry Birnbach, Rhea and Ken Werner, Maxene Kupperman-Guiñals, and Selina Morris-Grinspoon.

Photos & Videos

Left to Right: Glenn Barrett and Kristen Moriarty, Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues, 2022. Photo by Oskar Ahlstrom.

Logan Slater, Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues, 2022. Photo by Oskar Ahlstrom.

Left to Right: Logan Slater and Glenn Barrett, Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues, 2022. Photo by Oskar Ahlstrom.

Left to Right: Kevin G. Coleman and Glenn Barrett, Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues, 2022. Photo by Oskar Ahlstrom.

Glenn Barrett, Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues, 2022. Photo by Oskar Ahlstrom.

Artists

Glenn Barrett (he / him)

Glenn Barrett [he / him]

(Pompey)

Glenn has been performing on stages throughout the Berkshires, New York, Connecticut and abroad since 1969. In New York at La Mama ETC., The Manhattan Theater Club, and in the New York Shakespeare Festival Tony Award winning revival of Threepenny Opera. Regionally with Longwharf Theatre, Riggs Theatre 37,

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Dennis Ebert, Jr. (he / him)

Dennis Ebert, Jr. [he / him]

(Stage Manager)

Dennis is a NYC based Stage Manager and graduate of Pace University, holding a BA in Stage Management. Some NYC credits include: Everyone Comes to Elaine’s (Theater Barn NY), In the Same Space (Dixon Place), Eat the Devil (One Year Lease), The Waiting (The Triad) and Pre-Production rehearsals

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Raz Golden (he / him)

Raz Golden [he / him]

(Director)

Raz Golden is a director of theatre, film, and audio. He focuses on new and classical texts, as well as narratives that explore shared cultural histories and myths and that center people of color. He has developed work with the Mercury Store, Public Theatre, The National Black Theatre, NYU

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Kristen Moriarty (she / her)

Kristen Moriarty [she / her]

(Marsha)

S&Co: Jean Hatch (White Savior), Mrs. Reynolds (The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly), Provost / Mariana (Measure for Measure), Miss Bates (Emma), Olive (The Norwegians), Center for Actor Training Teaching Faculty, Manager of Individual Giving; Chicago: Vitalist Theatre (contributing artist), Lifeline Theatre, Greasy Joan & Co., Emerald City Theatre, Attic

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Sarah Nicholson (she / her)

Sarah Nicholson [she / her]

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Sarah is excited to join the team at Shakespeare & Company! Credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, The Great Leap, and Hood at Asolo Repertory Theatre; The Wake and What Are You Worth? as part of Playfest at Orlando Shakes, and Writes of Spring 2019

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Logan Slater (he / him)

Logan Slater [he / him]

(Jet)

Logan Slater was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and began in the performing arts as a child, singing with the Hillcrest Christian School choir. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in film production, he decided to further his studies; but this time, focusing on acting.

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Charles Smith

Charles Smith

(Playwright)

Charles Smith’s plays include Objects in the Mirror<, Free Man of Color, Knock Me a Kiss, Jelly Belly, The Gospel According to James, Pudd’nhead Wilson, Sister Carrie, The Sutherland, Freefall, Les Trois Dumas and Black Star Line. His plays have been produced by Goodman Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Victory

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Kevin G. Coleman

Kevin G. Coleman

(Ollie)

Kevin is one of Shakespeare?& Company’s artistic and administrative leaders. He works in the Performance and Training departments as an actor, teacher, and director, and oversees the mission of the Education department. Kevin has been a guest teacher or director at MIT, Harvard, L.S.U., Stanford, Shenandoah Shakespeare, Q.U.T.-

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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