Thursday, August 22, 2019

MEET THE 2019 NOMINEES: Caroline, Or Change

Caroline, Or Change
By Tony Kushner (Book & Lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (Music)
Directed by Dev Bondarin
Presented by Astoria Performing Arts Center

NOMINATED FOR: Outstanding Production of a Musical

Photo: Michael Dekker
Starring Amanda Bailey*, LaDonna Burns*, Milanis Clark, Sabatino Cruz, Marcie Henderson*, Greg Horton*, Scott Mendelsohn, Sharaé Moultrie, Nave' Murray, Tony Perry*, Nattalyee Randall*, Joël René*, Lauren Singerman*, Gordon Stanley*, and Navida Stein*.

*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association

Dev Bondarin (Director)
Minhui Lee (Music Director)
Kemar Jewel (Choreographer)
Christopher Swader & Justin Swader (Scenic & Prop Designers)
Marissa Menezes (Costume Designer)
Danielle Verkennes (Lighting Designer)
Kimberly S. O'Loughlin (Sound Designer)
Margaret Baughman (Production Stage Manager)
Jessi Blue Gormezano (Casting Director).

What attracted you to working on this project?
A strong female-of-color character dealing with an impossible situation with truth and strength.

What was your favorite part of working on this production? And why?
The work itself and the shared commitment of the artists involved.

What do you want the audience to come away with after watching your production?
Something to think about. A change is how they see something. Having had a worthwhile experience.

Why are the nominees from this production awesome?
They are great artists and people and a joy to collaborate with. Support them and their work!

Was there anything odd, quirky, innovative, funny or otherwise noteworthy about your experience with this production?
Working in non-traditional theater spaces, as we do, is always a challenge but also leads to some amazing constructive and collaborative thinking!

What does this nomination mean to you?
That APAC's work is reaching audience members which is an meaningful accolade for an artistic director / director.

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