Caroline, or Change

Firebrand Theatre presents in partnership with Timeline Theatre Company:


Music by Jeanine Tesori , Book & Lyrics by Tony Kushner

Directed by Lili-Anne Brown, Music Direction by Andra Velis Simon

September 22 – EXTENDED through November 11!

at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage

1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features music by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet), book and lyrics by Tony Kushner (Angels in America), direction by Lili-Anne Brown and music direction by Andra Velis Simon.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features Rashada Dawan as Caroline with Roberta Burke as Radio 3, Kevin Grubb as Grandpa Gellman, Nicole Michelle Haskins as Dotty, Rosalind Hurwitz as Grandma Gellman, Bre Jacobs as Emmie, Michael Kingston as Mr. Stopnick, Princess Isis Lang as Jackie, Alejandro Medina as Noah, De'Jah Perkins as Radio 1, Blair Robertson as Rose, Jonathan Schwart as Stuart, Lyric Sims as Joe, Tyler Franklin as Moon/Washer and Emma Sipora Tyler as Radio 2.

Swings: Jonathan Allsop, Kirby Gibson, Ted Kitterman, Marko McRae, and Corrbette Pasko.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is set in Lake Charles, Louisiana: the end of 1963.  America is changing. Caroline Thibodeaux is a mother of four and a maid, working for the southern Jewish Gellman family.  Caroline struggles with changes monumental and mundane, and her relationship with the young, grieving boy who lives in the house she cleans.  Riveting, moving and awe-inspiring, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet) and a breathtaking book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), the music ranges from Motown to Klezmer, the storytelling from political to magical.

The production team for CAROLINE, OR CHANGE includes: Lauren Nichols (scenic design), Kotryna Hilko (costume design), Cat Wilson (lighting design), Victoria Deiorio (sound design), Lacie Hexom (props design), Brigitte Ditmars (choreographer, associate director), Ethan Deppe (electronic music design), David Samba and Amanda Sager (associate sound design), Lauren Katz (associate dramaturg), Harmony France (producer), Benjamin Baylon and Heather Larkin (production managers), Adelina Feldman-Schultz (casting director), Joshanna Robinson (run crew, child wrangler), Richie Vavrina (master electrician), JC Widman (stage manager) and Kirby Gibson (assistant stage manager).

Firebrand Theatre’s 2018-19 season sponsor: Michael and Mona Heath of the HeathFund.

About the Companies

Firebrand Theatre is a musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding their opportunities on and off the stage. Firebrand is a 501(c)(3) Equity theatre.

TimeLine Theatre Company was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. More information at