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 Vietnam War and the choices they made. Deb and Hal, their parents, are left to deal with the consequences of their actions and their future as a family.

Semi-Finalist...
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 Vietnam War and the choices they made. Deb and Hal, their parents, are left to deal with the consequences of their actions and their future as a family.

Semi-Finalist, Male Lead, Southwest Theatre Productions 2020. Published by Smith Scripts.
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The Sugar Ridge Rag

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  • Jarred Corona:
    9 May. 2021
    I grew up near Bowling Green. A different one, one in Kentucky, but as someone in love with music and with a twin of my own (only, she was born 1.5 years too early), does the different time and place matter, or can this still qualify as a show somehow... written about me? I don't know. Maybe it's because of that, or maybe it's because of the gorgeous writing and dynamic characters, or maybe the hard hitting monologues, but all I can really say in my recommendation here is... Music paints time. This play is music.
  • David Hansen:
    24 Apr. 2021
    What is unique is this piece is that it is not a Vietnam era tragedy in which the father is a bellicose, authoritarian bigot or the mother a homophobic shrew. They are accepting, if not immediately, then easily. Their love of their children is more important than societal pressure or their own generational impulses. No, the conflict is between the brothers and their separation. This play is a picture of how this war, which tore apart a nation, failed to tear apart one family, which is an uplifting tale to hear, and I highly recommend it.
  • Craig Houk:
    7 Apr. 2021
    A tightly designed, beautifully executed play. The characters, the dialogue and the story are sublime. Philip Middleton Williams is a master at realism; channeling O'Neill, Miller, & Williams among others, but he makes it his own; bringing a freshness to the genre and, in many ways, transforming it. At the center of this gorgeous piece is a close-knit, loving and progressive family - likely very unique for that time period. While these people are flawed and hurting, their focus is not on the resentment that keeps creeping up, but rather on healing and coming back together. I am absolutely devastated.

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.

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Strong Male Lead
,
Southwest Theatre Productions, Austin, TX
,
2020