Ragtime is a musical about three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the last century. Based on a 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, this musical combines the stories of historical figures such as Booker T. Washington and Emma Goldman with the lives of fictional characters. “It uses three different families — the white family, the Black musician, and the jewish immigrant — to tell the different perspectives of that time when people were struggling to accept each other,” says director Micah Shane-Brewer.

Nashville Rep’s production of Ragtime plays one weekend only, Nov. 11 – 14, at TPAC’s Polk Theatre. Tickets are available at https://nashvillerep.org/ragtime