The Jefferson Performing Arts Center, collaborating with the Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, will present "Caroline, or Change," the regional premiere of Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) and Jeanine Tesori’s (“Fun Home”) 2003 provocative chamber opera.

Set during the turbulent early 1960s, this highly original musical examines the complex web of relationships within and between two Louisiana families, one white and one black. Eight-year-old Noah, suffering after the death of his mother, attempts to find friendship with Caroline, the hardened and resentful black maid who works for Noah’s Jewish family.

"Caroline, or Change" was nominated for six Tony Awards. Tesori’s Drama Desk Award-winning score combines spiritual music with blues, Motown, classical and klezmer music.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner will discuss his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Laura Hope directs a large cast including Troi Bechet as Caroline and Kristen Swanson as Noah.


“Caroline, or Change”

When: Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Where: Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala, Westwego

Tickets: $35

Info: (504) 885-2000 or

Bruce Burgun is a retired theater professor from Indiana University and a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.