Working in the Theatre: Ragtime on Ellis Island

“This is the power of the theatre and the promise of our country, so beautifully evident on Ellis Island.”

Almost 20 years after its opening on Broadway and 100 years after the story is set, the musical Ragtime may even be more relevant now than ever. With its discussion of immigration, racial justice, and the promise of the American Dream, the producers of Ragtime on Ellis Island have taken this incredible work and made it site specific. Watch as we explore the influence of one of the most iconic locations in America where so many families began their American tale.

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American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre documentary series features the most fascinating people on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. From Tony Awards® and Obie Awards® winning artists to the next generation of theatre makers, we capture theatre’s inner-workings, industry luminaries, and unique stories that surround important work.