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Opened August 21, 1986 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and ran for only 4 performances.


Plot Synopsis

Rags tells the story of Rebecca, a naive Russian immigrant arriving at Ellis Island with her young son, and their struggle to makea life for themselves in the New World. She goes to work in a sweatshop while searching for her husband who has preceded them to America. When they are finally reunited she discovers that his assimilation is not entirely for the best. His desire to change their name and strip away their ethnic culture so as to fit inwith his cronies distresses Rebecca, whose gradual enlightenment will lead her into union activities against the very men her husband so hopes to impress. Subplots concern an elderly immigrant, his daughter, and their respective romances, one of which ends tragically.


Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture Orchestra
I Remember/Greenhorns Homesick Immigrant, Guards, New Immigrants, Cynical Americans, Rebecca, Recruiter
Brand New World Rebecca, David
Children Of The Wind Rebecca
Penny A Tune Klezmer Musicians, Rachel, Sweatshop Workers, Rebecca, Rosa, Bella, Ben, David
Easy For You Rebecca, Saul, David
Hard To Be A Prince David, Yiddish Theater Hamlet, Other Actors
Blame It On The Summer Night Rebecca
For My Mary Ben, Irish Tenor
Rags Avram, Bella
What's Wrong With That? "Big Tim" Sullivan, Frankie, Nathan, Mike
Nothing Will Hurt Us Again Rebecca, David, Natha


Songs from the Show - Act Two

Cherry Street Cafeacute Sophie Tucker
Yankee Boy Nathan, David, Neighbors
Uptown Nathan, Rebecca
Wanting Rebecca, Saul
Three Sunny Rooms Rebecca, Avram
The Sound of Love David, Ben, Morris's Mother, Morris, Shoppers
Kaddish David, Rebecca, Avram, Men
Bread and Freedom/Dancing With the Fools Rosa, Rebecca, Strikers, Nathan
Finale David, Rebecca, Cynical Americans, New Immigrants


2002-2003 Production

Presented May 30-June 7, 2003 at Centrepointe, Ottawa



Rebecca Hershkowitz Meredith Matthews*
David Nathan Haller
Nathan Hershkowitz (Harris) Eugene Oscapella
Saul Tony Keenleyside
Bella Cohen Robin Guy
Avram Bob Lackey
Ben Levitowitz Frank Duern
Rachel Lesley Osborn
Rosa Sue McGahey
"Big Tim" Sullivan Michael Schilder
Morris Michael Gauthier
Bronstein Howard Kaplan
Mrs. Sullivan Cheryl Sheffer
Guards Patrick Donahue, Gabriel Leury
CHORUS Betty Ann Bryanton, Kim Current, Diana Lynn Dalton, Meredith Dixon, Patrick Donahue, Ben Durocher, Gordon Guest, Tom Huet, Anabela Johnson, Debbie Kaplan, Joyce Landry, Stephen Lenser, Gabriel Leury, Alessia Lupiano, Sharye Marcus, Sue McGahey, Christine Muggeridge, David Paterson, Samantha Read, Michael Schilder, Kelly Schinzel, Cheryl Sheffer, Maureen Speer, Larry Tarof, Doug Thicke

* Miss Matthews appears by permission of Canadian Actors Equity


Orchestra and Klezmer Band

Under the direction of Brian Boggs

Violins Ioan Harea, Brigitte Amyot, Nancy Eadie
Viola Janet Roy
Bass Sol Gunner
Piccolo/Flute/Clarinet/Soprano Saxophone Mario Gilbert
Flute/Clarinet/Alto Saxophone Mike Scorah
Oboe/English Horn/Clarinet Angela Casagrande
Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Soprano Saxophone David Rebaud
Trumpets Carmelo Scaffidi, Frank Pecora
Trombone/Tuba Drummond Hudson
Trombone Marlene Hudson
Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin Craig Kennedy
Keyboards John McGovern, Mark Ferguson
Drums Don Johnson
Percussion Art Beers


Production Personnel

Executive Producer John Solman
Production Coordinator Bill Rankin
Director Michael Gareau
Musical Director Brian Boggs
Choreographer/Assistant to the Director Val Keenleyside
Production Assistant Kathleen Arbour
Accompanist John McGovern
Set Designer Christy Bindhardt
Scenic Artist Jana Jaros
Costume Designer Judy Froome
Costume Production Manager Sandi Mish
Wardrobe Mistress Carol Quirk
Lighting Designer David Magladry
Sound Designer Cindy Sceviour
Properties Designer Anne McGuire
Stage Manager Lena Triebe
Assistant Stage Managers Lindsay Hill, Rory Ingram
Technical Director Elaine McCausland
Master Carpenter Peter Wilson
Makeup and Hair Designer Sue Dacey


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