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Caroline, or Change Extended Through April 15 EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner • Music by Jeanine Tesori • Directed by Terrence J. Nolen • On the Haas Stage

March 26, 2007

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company announces the extension of the Philadelphia premiere of Caroline, or Change until April 15, 2007. Join Arden Theatre Company for the critically acclaimed musical by Tony Kushner with music by Jeanine Tesori starring Joilet F. Harris as Caroline.

The Arden is located at 40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia. Tickets are $29 - $45 and are available by calling 215.922.1122 or visiting

Race, rage and civil rights are at the heart of this deeply personal story by Tony Kushner, the award-winning playwright who earned the Pulitzer Prize for his two-part drama Angels in America. Kushner drew from his own childhood experiences to write Caroline, or Change, which centers on Caroline Thibodeaux, a divorced, middle-aged African-American maid who works for a Jewish family - the Gellmans - in early-1960ís Louisiana. Caroline finds herself in the middle of a family conflict when eight-year-old Noah Gellman's stepmother allows Caroline to keep any money she finds in the child's pockets while doing the laundry. The title Caroline, or Change suggests the poignant double meaning of the spare change Noah leaves behind and the vast social changes occurring in Civil Rights-era America.

Originally commissioned as an opera, Caroline, or Change features a virtuosic, sung-through score by Jeanine Tesori, composer of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Violet - which had its Philadelphia premiere at Arden Theatre Company in 1999. Richly blending blues, gospel, klezmer and traditional Jewish melodies, Tesori's music provides the dynamic, breathtaking medium for Kushner's moving tale.

The show has been extended until April 15. The schedule of performances for the extension week is:

Tuesday 4/10 at 8pm
Wednesday 4/11 at 6:30pm
Thursday 4/12 at 8pm
Friday 4/13 at 8pm
Saturday 4/14 at 2 and 8pm
Sunday 4/15 at 2 and 7pm

Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia

March 8 through April 15, 2007 ... extended by popular demand!

$29-$45, with group discounts available for 10+
Arden Theatre Company Box Office at 215-922-1122 or visit

Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
Music Direction by Eric Ebbenga
Scenic Design by James Kronzer
Costume Design by Rosemarie E. McKelvey
Lighting Design by Justin Townsend
Sound Design by Jorge Cousineau
Choreography by Patricia Scott Hobbs

Caroline Thibodeaux: Joilet F. Harris (resident of Mt. Airy, PA)
The Washing Machine: Adé Laoye (resident of Philadelphia)
The Radio 1: Marsha Lawson (resident of New York, NY)
The Radio 2: Tallia Brinson (resident of New York, NY)
The Radio 3: Danielle Herbert (resident of Philadelphia)
Noah Gellman: Griffin Back (resident of Cherry Hill, NJ)
The Dryer/The Bus: Jay Pierce (resident of Brooklyn, NY)
Grandma Gellman: Maureen Torsney-Weir (resident of Berwyn, PA)
Grandpa Gellman: Russell Leib (resident of Mt. Airy, PA)
Rose Stopnick Gellman: Sherri L. Edelen (resident of Laurel, MD)
Stuart Gellman: Adam Heller (resident of New York, NY)
Dotty Moffett: Kelly J. Rucker (resident of Weehawken, NJ)
The Moon: Thursday Farrar (resident of New York, NY)
Emmie Thibodeaux: Elyse McKay Taylor (resident of Philadelphia)
Jackie Thibodeaux: Nicholas Blake Trawick (resident of Philadelphia)
Joe Thibodeaux: Malik Burrell (resident of Philadelphia)
Mr. Stopnick: Alan Kutner (resident of Havertown, PA)

Caroline, or Change is supported by a generous grant from The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts. Special support for this production was also provided by the Charlotte Cushman Foundation.

Thanks to The Jewish Exponent and inside Magazine, our presenting media partners in Philadelphia. Thanks also to The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News,, The Philadelphia Tribune and our radio partners WHYY and KYW.

Photography and interviews upon request to Beth Yeagle, Director of Marketing and PR, at or 215.922.8900 ext. 22

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