by Jordan Gamble – February 11, 2010
“Class of 2009 graduate Kyle Carter played Coalhouse – one of the show’s leads and a black character – in ‘Ragtime.’ ‘“Ragtime” was actual turmoil. Ragtime was people legitimately trying to get the show shut down,’ Carter said.
To address the controversy, PEMCo. hosted a panel discussion about the show. It brought heightened debate, Carter said, but not much progress. ‘I think [the workshop] will work better because it’s the second time around. That first panel was just rough and raw because it was the first time anyone had ever done anything like that … That, I think, is where the growth has to come,’ Carter said.”