Set in 1910, Rags follows the story of Rebecca, a young Russian immigrant mother, arriving in America with her son, David, and forced to work in a sweatshop to survive while she endeavours to find her husband. The joy of finding him, however, soon turns to anguish when she discovers that he has rejected much of his ethnic culture, in an attempt to assimilate with American society.Performers Lois Meleri Jones (Rebecca Hershkowitz), James Mack (Nathan Hershkowitz), Tom Lincoln (David Hershkowitz), Grace Andrews (Bella Cohen), Christopher Currie (Avram Cohen), Ryan Van Champion (Ben), Maximilien Seweryn (Saul), Melanie Heslop (Rachel), Rhys Isaac-Jones (Young David).
Music Charles Strouse. Lyrics Stephen Schwartz. Book by Joseph Stei. Producer Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Director Martin Connor. Design Susannah Henry. Lighting Richard Howell. Choreographer Bill Deamer. Sound Ben Harrison.