The Beginnings of a Journey

On August 8, 2016, a developmental concert featured selections from Ragtime that celebrate the birth of a new national era and explore the nuances of what it means to be American. It was an evening that highlighted the diversity of American identity as well as the importance of Ellis Island, a historic gateway to new beginnings.


Stay tuned here for updates on the future of Ragtime on Ellis Island as we prepare for a fully staged production.


Ragtime is based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow, and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.


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Footage from The Library of Congress Archives

Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 24July1903; H33775.
Camera, Alfred C. Abadie.
Photographed July 9, 1903.