The Sugar Ridge Rag

Full-Length: Pete and Dave Granger, age 17, are twin brothers in rural northwest Ohio in 1970. Dave enlists in the Army; Pete goes to Canada to pursue his career in music. Over the next five years, their lives are changed by the war and their choices. Deb and Hal, their parents, are left to deal with the consequences of their actions and their future.
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The Sugar Ridge Rag

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  • Matt Harmon:
    28 May. 2020
    Not many can endow the personal with the political like Williams does in THE SUGAR RIDGE RAG. Traveling through the memories of twins Pete and Dave feels like watching a montage of two siblings' home movies, except now we get to see the moments of vulnerability when the camera is turned off. As the brothers develop their respective opinions on American imperialism, love, and destiny, audiences are given an intimate look into the unbreakable bonds between twins. Two last things — produce this play and Go Tigers!
  • Maximillian Gill:
    14 May. 2020
    I am rapidly realizing that Williams is one of those rare writers who can do anything. Here, Williams encompasses a story about two twins who are so alike and so different with perspectives on the Vietnam War with both broadly political and deeply personal dimensions, and he manages to tie it all together using rag time as an elegant metaphor. The monologues with their reflections on the brutality of war and the ways it shatters the human psyche are incredibly expressive and manage fresh takes on a subject that so many have taken on. Devastating and poignant, a formidable work.
  • Kenneth N. Kurtz:
    14 May. 2020
    It's a strange feeling when one of your best friends, who you've known for fifty years, is a playwright, for you keep finding bits of your life in their plays. The Sugar Ridge Rag is Philip Middleton Williams's latest opus and I just finished reading it with not a few tears. I think It's his best work thus far...finding the poetry in mid-west voices and mining the strong feelings engendered by both sides of the Vietnam years. Just like my two younger brothers, one of whom served and the other almost left for Canada.

Character Information

  • PETE GRANGER
    17,
    Gay
    Well-built; headstrong.
  • DAVE GRANGER
    17,
    Male
    Pete’s identical twin. Muscular, determined.
  • DEB GRANGER
    Late 30's,
    Female
    Their mother. Pragmatic and protective.
  • HAL GRANGER
    Late 30's,
    Male
    Their father. Stoic, but not invincible.