Vol. 31 No. 2

“Take Caroline Away”: Catastrophe, Change, and the Tragic Agency of Nonperformance in Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change

by Joanna Mansbridge
The Journal of American Drama and Theatre
Volume 31, Number 2 (Winter 2019)

ISNN 2376-4236
©2019 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

It’s a tragedy, I think, in terms of Caroline’s journey.
– Tony Kushner, “Production: ‘Caroline, or Change’”[1]

Little change, and strange to say,
Yesterday came crashing in.
Small domestic tragedies
Bring strong women to their knees
– The Dryer, Caroline, or Change[2]

There is a foresight that is given in and as the unforeseen. Change is the anticipation, the unanticipated that anticipates us. . . . We are sent in history, history comes for us. We come as history to history.
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