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F420 Fall 2019 Rags

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F420 Rags
Mondays, 11:50 – 1:15, Oct. 14 – Oct. 21
Two sessions
Coordinators: Norma Jean Reck, Kevin Murray
Instructors: Rick Davis, Joe Walsh
Rags, 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.
Oct 14 Enjoy a musical travelogue of Rags as presented by students performing the leading roles and accompanied by musical director Joe Walsh.
Oct 21 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,
  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  
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

Rick Davis 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.

Class Details

2 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

Tallwood Campus

MultipleInstructor :
1.Joe Walsh2.Norma Reck3.Kevin Murray4.Rick Davis 

Class Fee: 


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/14/2019 - 10/21/2019 Weekly - Mon 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM Fairfax, Tallwood Campus  Map, Room: TA-1 Rick Davis  ; Kevin Murray  ; Norma Reck  ; Joe Walsh 

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