From Houston to Hattiesburg, saxophonist Amir Gwirtzman’s four-month tour in the American South was ‘highlight of my career.’
Growing up along the shores of the Mediterranean, where a football is round and the sport is played by men in shorts on a grass-covered pitch, you don’t learn much about the huddling, helmeted brand of the NFL game beloved on the bayou.
In the first scene of “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning magnum opus, a rabbi appears on stage to eulogize an old Jewish woman he has never met. Standing on a bare stage with the coffin, he tells the assembled mourners that although the era of “Great Voyages” has passed, American Jews will still never quite be at home in America.
How do we respond to change? In Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s operatic musical, “Caroline, or Change,” a black maid for a Southern Jewish family is catapulted into a new reality when JFK is assassinated and the civil rights movement gathers steam. Now, Gallery Players in Brooklyn is mounting a new production of the work, just six years after it ran at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway for a four-month run.