Mondays, 11:50 – 1:15, Oct. 14 – Oct. 21
Coordinators: Norma Jean Reck, Kevin Murray
Instructors: Rick Davis, Joe Walsh
a musical originally conceived in the 1980s as a kind of sequel to Fiddler on the Roof
by award-winning creators Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, and Joseph Stein, has been reimagined in the last few years -- with a substantially revised book by David Thompson -- and is being given its collegiate premiere by Mason's musical theater program in October. Rick Davis directs. He and Musical Director Joe Walsh will offer a glimpse of the show's deeply moving portrait of the immigrant experience in America in the early 20th century and the unique approach that the production is taking to reflect the story's many resonances with today's world and Mason's distinctive multicultural environment.
Enjoy a musical travelogue of Rags
as presented by students performing the leading roles and accompanied by musical director Joe Walsh.
Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Director of Rags
will discuss his approach to bringing the story to life and the many ways it connects to today’s America.
Rags performs at Mason’s Center for the Arts from October 31 to November 3,
A group of Olli members will attend the Sunday, November 3 matinee at 4 p.m. with optional lunch TBD. Senior ticket is $15. Contact Norma for more information to purchase tickets, at 703-938-4612 or email NJRECK@cs.com.
||Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 8:00pm
||Friday, Nov 01, 2019 8:00pm
||Saturday, Nov 02, 2019 2:00pm
||Saturday, Nov 02, 2019 8:00pm
||Sunday, Nov 03, 2019 4:00pm
is dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, professor of theater, and executive director of Hylton Performing Arts Center. Previously, Davis served as Mason's associate provost for Undergraduate Education and artistic director of Theater of the First Amendment. Before coming to Mason in 1991, he was resident dramaturg and associate artistic director of Baltimore's Center Stage, associate director and co-founder of the American Ibsen Theater in Pittsburgh and taught drama at Washington College. His four books include selected translations of Ibsen and Calderón de la Barca. Davis was educated at Lawrence University (BA) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA, DFA). Joe Walsh
, (Musical Director)
has recently conducted Mason Opera and Mason Players productions of Big River
, Dido and Aeneas
, Hansel and Gretel, Iolanthe
and La Bohéme.
Mr. Walsh has been a regular Music Director with the In Series
and Alexandria’s Metro Stage. He is on the faculty at Levine Music and serves as artistic advisor for the National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Programs, Washington D.C. chapter. Mr. Walsh has more than two decades experience in presenting and conducting opera in Virginia, across the country and internationally. He serves on the opera faculty at VCU’s Global Summer Institute of Music.