Indiana Rep/Syracuse Stage | Director: Timothy Douglas

Intimate Apparel is set in Harlem in the 1930s. The text calls for one of the characters  to play ragtime piano live on stage. In writing the music, I wanted to retain the feel of  ragtime, but also reflect the image of the scenery, which seemed to float, suspended  from the ceiling. This music is very loose in terms of key, resulting in music that  feels a little loose, a little drunk.

This piece is a quick rag.

This piece is a slow drag.

This piece is a slow drag, and was written for the section of the play when the character  is being seduced by a man straddling her from behind. I wrote the right hand line in such  a way that the character can reach behind her to touch her seducer every other bar,  creating another opportunity for characterization in the scene.