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New Play Celebrates Life Of Scott Joplin, The ‘King Of Ragtime’

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"Scott Joplin's New Rag: The Life and Times of the King of Ragtime Writers" is a one-man play presented by the Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company from Sept. 25-Oct. 12.

The sound of ragtime is unmistakable and evokes a vivid sense of time and place. It brings us back to the turn of the last century, when America was becoming powerful and self-confident.

But it was also a time when a gifted African-American composer faced an uphill battle for artistic recognition. It was a time when his most ambitious compositions were unappreciated and his most famous ragtime tunes almost forgotten after his death.

The new play, "Scott Joplin's New Rag: The Life and Times of the King of Ragtime Writers," is about to be presented by the Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego.

It tells the story of the man who wrote "The Entertainer" and Maple Leaf Rag" and who attempted to bring the African-American experience into American classical music.

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