Plays Directory : Caroline Or Change

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    book and lyrics by Tony Kushner, score by Jeanine Tesori
  • Setting
    set in 1963 in Lake Charles, Louisiana during the American civil rights movement, November–December 1963, encompassing the time of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
  • Overview
    Caroline Thibodeaux is a black maid for a Southern Jewish family, the Gellmans, spending her days in their dank basement doing the laundry. The Gellmans' young son, Noah, has a strong emotional connection to Caroline, a single parent necessarily stoic amid the sweep of change she sees around her. She provides stability during his grief at his mother's death from cancer. Noah's new stepmother Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, enlists Caroline's help in a plan to teach Noah a lesson about leaving change in his pants pocket. Rose tells Noah and Caroline that Caroline should keep the money Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline loathes the unintended humiliation of taking money from a child – but her own children lack money for toys, sweets, dentistry, and Christmas presents, and she is late with the rent because her salary has gone toward two special meals for her children. As an experiment and while fantasizing to exchange his isolating family for the imagined compassion of hers, Noah deliberately leaves money in his pockets, dreaming that Caroline's family now talk about his generosity over dinner.

    The lesson goes awry when the ownership of a $20 bill is contested in the laundry, and Caroline's relationship with eight year-old Noah is irrevocably ruptured. After a week of reflection, with deep regret for harsh words spoken in anger, Caroline puts her case to God in prayer and is comforted. Against a background of the death of JFK, the Vietnam war, and the non-violent direct action protests organized by Martin Luther King, the tide of change continues to define Caroline's liminal place in history, a working mother, bearing up under a broken marriage, economic hardship, and racial inequality. Forever a maid, her tragic destiny sears the memories of the two parted principals. The tragedy is ultimately offset by an epilogue, a heroic solo sung by her daughter Emmie, laying claim to the hope and determination for a better life for Caroline's appreciative and proud children.

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1 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Cara Evans
Cara Evans
Set Designer
2019, Assistant to Fly Davis
Hayley Groves
Hayley Groves
Sound Dep
2019, Sound No.3 Dep
The Playhouse Theatre
Mateusz Slonowski
Mateusz Slonowski
Stage Assistant / Stagehand
2019, Performance Showman
Playhouse Theatre
Katie Griffin
Katie Griffin
Wardrobe Manager
2019, Wardrobe Deputy
The Playhouse Theatre
Sarah Phillips
Sarah Phillips
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Deputy Stage Manager
Playhouse Theatre
Charlotte McBrearty
Charlotte McBrearty
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, DSM
Playhouse Theatre
Alex Hunt
Alex Hunt
Automation Technician
2019, Automation
Playhouse Theatre
Ben Rees
Ben Rees
Sound Technician
2019, Sound 2
Playhouse Theatre, London
Danni Haylett
Danni Haylett
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Assistant Stage Manager/Book Cover
The Playhouse
Mark Mwangi
Mark Mwangi
Child Actor
2019, Jackie
Playhouse Theatre
Heidi Lennard
Heidi Lennard
Company Manager
2019, Company Stage Manager
The Playhouse Theatre, London
Sarah Phillips
Sarah Phillips
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, ASM/Book Cover
Playhouse Theatre
Beth Cotton
Beth Cotton
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, ASM Dep
Hampstead Theatre
Ben Missen
Ben Missen
Electrician
2018, Fit Up Build Crew
Hampstead Theatre
Abi Cook
Abi Cook
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Hampstead Theatre
Sarah Leclere
Sarah Leclere
Dresser
2018, Dresser
Hampstead Theatre
Katie Griffin
Katie Griffin
Wardrobe Manager
2018, Wardrobe Deputy
Alice Jenkins
Alice Jenkins
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Assistant Stage Manager
Hampstead Theatre
Marco Carpegna
Marco Carpegna
Sound Engineer
2018, Sound No. 2
Hampstead Theatre
Natasha Houghton
Natasha Houghton
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Fit Up Build Crew