Caroline, or Change

January 30 – February 21, 2010

Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori

“If you have any level of investment in New York Theater, established or independent, you need to go to The Gallery Players production of Caroline, or Change. Please go, you will be glad you did, and you will kick yourself if you miss it. It was an astonishing performance, reinvigorating and inspiring. Mr. Viveros (The Bus/The Dryer) is among the top five voices I’ve ever been in the same room with. I can’t over-hype him enough. The real miracle, though, is Teisha Duncan (Caroline). She has a piece of music that leads to the end of the play, and only minutes into it did I realize that I was sitting there, mouth agape, hands over my eyebrows, in the presence of greatness. If you think that there are no productions worth seeing for $18, this show will change your entire worldview.”

“Brilliant material, and a production that does the company proud. If you haven’t seen this musical, you should. Duncan is giving one of the best musical performances I have ever seen on an off-off-Broadway stage.”
-Dan Dinero, Theatre Is Easy

“The Gallery Players’ production of Caroline, or Change lives up to Kushner’s theatre, theatre that can engage us emotionally and then push us politically. Housed in the comfortable yet intimate home of The Gallery Players and with a cast that pounds the stage with vigor and vibrato, this production is explosive.”
-Dan Kitrosser,

Caroline, or Change is one of the most difficult but compelling musicals of the past decade. So the mere fact that The Gallery Players, one of Brooklyn’s strongest Off-Off-Broadway theater companies, agreed to stage its first New York City revival is pretty impressive. Jeremy Gold Kronenberg’s elegant, solidly acted revival captures the characters’ emotional insecurities in full detail. Teisha Duncan gives a ferocious, thoroughly physical performance of Caroline that manages to wipe out any lingering memories of Tonya Pinkins’ acclaimed performance in the original production.”
-Matt Windman, AMNY

Brooklyn’s Gallery Players have long held a reputation for producing some of the finest productions at any level of New York theater. And yet despite such a pedigree, I couldn’t help but wonder if the Players had bit off more than they could chew with their current choice of show, Caroline, or Change. Could the Gallery Players pull off a show this profound? The answer is a resounding yes. Every aspect of Jeremy Gold Kronenberg’s carefully nourished production is magnificent.
-Doug Strassler,

Producer – Lanie Zipoy/The Gallery Players
Director – Jeremy Gold Kronenberg
Music Director – Nehemiah Luckett
Assistant Director – Allison Bressi
Choreographer – Micheal Rice
Set Designer – Edward T. Morris
Costume Designer – Soule Golden
Lighting Designer – Mike Billings
Sound Designer – Jillian Marie Walker
Production Stage Manager – Andrew Zachary Cohen*
Assistant Stage Manager – Marina Steinberg

Pictured (l to r): Daniel Henri Luttway and Teisha Duncan in The Gallery Players’ production of Caroline, or Change. Photo by Bella Muccari.

The Cast

Caroline Thibodeaux – Teisha Duncan
Noah Gellman – Daniel Henri Luttway
Rose Gellman – Eileen Tepper*
Stuart Gellman – Peter Gantenbein*
Emmie Thibodeaux – Elyse McKay Taylor*
Radio – Heather Davis, Markeisha Ensley*, & Nikki Stephenson*
Bus/Dryer – Frank Viveros*
Moon – Gisela Adisa*
Washing Machine – Marcie Henderson*
Dotty – Ellisha Marie Thomas
Grandma Gellman – Gael Schaefer*
Grandpa Gellman – John Weigand*
Mr. Stopnick – Bill Weeden*
Jackie Thibodeaux – Barrington Walters Jr.
Joe Thibodeaux – River Aguirre

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Pictured (l to r): Marcie Henderson and Teisha Duncan in The Gallery Players’ production of Caroline, or Change. Photo by Bella Muccari.

Set in 1963 in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana, Caroline, or Change centers its action on the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline. “Nothing ever happen underground in Louisiana / ‘Cause there ain’t no underground in Louisiana / There is only underwater.” Caroline informs the audience at the beginning of the show, and Caroline herself is underwater, drifting through her life, nearly paralyzed by her circumstances – a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. Caroline spends her days in the basement laundry room, with the Washing Machine (a sultry Caribbean blues singer), Dryer (a fiery R&B singer), and radio (a Supremes-like trio), with an afternoon visit from the young Gellman son, Noah, who is just as isolated upstairs in his home as Caroline is downstairs. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship has developed between Noah and Caroline since his mother’s death. Noah’s new stepmother Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, tells Caroline that she may keep the money Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline balks, and refuses to take money from a child – but her own children desperately need food, clothing and shoes…Does she or doesn’t she?

Performance Schedule
SOLD OUT Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 PM – Opening night
Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 PM – matinee
SOLD OUT Thursday, February 4 at 8:00 PM
SOLD OUT Friday, February 5 at 8:00 PM – Alumni Night
SOLD OUT Saturday, February 6 at 8:00 PM
SOLD OUT Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, February 11 at 8:00 PM
Friday, February 12 at 8:00 PM
SOLD OUT Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 PM – matinee
SOLD OUT Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 PM
SOLD OUT Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 PM – matinee
SOLD OUT Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 PM
SOLD OUT Friday, February 19 at 8:00 PM
SOLD OUT Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 PM – matinee
SOLD OUT Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 PM
SOLD OUT Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 PM – final performance

Pictured (l to r): Nikki Stephenson, Heather Davis, Teisha Duncan, and Markeisha Ensley in The Gallery Players’ production of Caroline, or Change. Photo by Bella Muccari.