History became living art as four MCA scholars enjoyed a behind-the scenes tour and performance of the Milwaukee Rep’s production of “Ragtime” on October 17.

Students toured the costume, prop and paint shop and met members of the cast. In addition, cast member and Marquette alum, Gerard Neugent shared with students the context and background of the play including identity, fascination with success, and social justice.  

They then attended a performance of “Ragtime” which is based on a book by E.L. Doctorow. The musical tells the story of early 20th century America and tells the powerful tale of a white, upper-middle class family, an African American couple, and an Eastern European immigrant escaping to America with his daughter, as they all confront the timeless contradictions of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope, and despair in pursuit of the American Dream.