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O.C. playhouse pleads for black actors as staging of 'Ragtime' nears
O.C. playhouse pleads for black actors as staging of 'Ragtime' nears

Wanted: three adult males with impressive vocal ability. Must love community theater and be willing to rehearse and appear in a show without monetary compensation. Historical savvy and ability to handle period pieces a plus. P.S.: Must be black. The Costa Mesa Playhouse, which plans to stage a concert version of the musical "Ragtime" at its annual fundraiser in early August, has hit a roadblock with those last three words. The show's creative team seeks a Harlem Ensemble of six black women and six black men, and while the nonprofit theater has filled the female cast, the male roles have been more difficult to fill. Thus far, "Ragtime" has secured just three...

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