THE SUGAR RIDGE RAG by Philip Middleton Williams


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.



PETE GRANGER: Age 17.  Well-built; headstrong.

DAVE GRANGER: Age 17.  Pete’s identical twin.  Muscular, determined.

DEB GRANGER:  Late 30’s.  Their mother.  Pragmatic and protective.

HAL GRANGER:  Late 30’s.  Their father.  Stoic, but not invincible.




The casualties of war aren’t always on the battlefield, as Williams gently, but firmly, reminds us in this tender drama, which explores the effects of the Vietnam war on twin brothers who follow their calling – one to the MASH units of Vietnam, the other to Canada to study music – and he does it with such clear-eyed, non-judgmental passion one is never sure who is right, who is wrong, and ultimately, whether it matters? This is a moving indictment of the collateral damage of war, and a bond between brothers that, though damaged, can’t be broken. – Doug DeVita

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. – Maximillian Gill

A love story between twin brothers. Williams captures time and the feel of childhood giving away to the complications of adulthood, and the way a family can still be together even when torn apart.  Immensely moving. I particularly liked how both Deb and Hal responded to Pete’s coming out. Good parents, flawed but human.  A joy to behold.   This is a lovely drama that’s gentle and unflinching. As always, Williams is an example to we the audience about giving the whole of our hearts, on both the page and the stage. May we all be brave enough to do likewise. – Matthew Weaver


Approx 90 minutes



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