Confronting the contradictions of wealth and poverty; freedom and prejudice; hope and despair; this new musical opening at Lipscomb University sounds like it could be set in 2010. The more things change, the more they stay the same, and the recent Broadway revival of Ragtime, the Musical speaks to its timeless appeal. Based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, Ragtime tells the stories of three groups of Americans in the early 20th century: upper-class WASPs, African-Americans and Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Along the way, the play traces an epic arc and includes historical characters like Booker T. Washington, Emma Goldman and Harry Houdini. Ragtime is directed by Department of Theatre chair Mike Fernandez and features local actor Jamal Bakari King.