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Grand Concourse

BY HEIDI SCHRECK

DIRECTED BY JASON TAMBORINI

Jan/Feb 2019

Shelley spends her days running a soup kitchen in the Bronx, her sense of purpose inseparable from her religious faith, though both have begun to waver. Emma, a college dropout looking for direction, arrives at the kitchen hoping to find it there. She brings a much needed jolt to the place, but her energy also proves unsettling. Emma’s mix of generosity and self-involvement push Shelley to a breaking point, where she finally asks herself how well she really knows the people she sees every day, how much she can trust them, and what she can and cannot forgive.


Cast

Carolyn Kashner

Question 1: Hi, Carolyn! In this play, your character, Shelley, makes us ask ourselves, "Why do we forgive?" Why do you think this is an important conversation to have within our communities?

I think the subject of forgiveness can be very complicated and personal. Forgiveness can often mean letting go of our expectations of others in order to bring ourselves inner peace.  This is especially important when it comes to community: forgiveness is often the only way to pave the road to compromise and cooperation, in situations where great animosity existed beforehand.  Our country is more divided than ever right now.  And while it's important to emphasize that forgiveness is the ideal way forward, there are many transgressions for which forgiveness is not deserved because it is not earned.  It all comes down to asking yourself: will forgiveness give me what I need to move forward without compromising my own integrity and self-respect?

Question 2: What is your dream role?

That's a tough one!  There are many roles I would like to play, but what springs to mind is the main character in "Every Brilliant Thing," the various female roles in "The 39 Steps," Valerie from "The Weir," Lady Macbeth, and Hamlet.

Carolyn Kashner
Shelley

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Annie Otati
Emma

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Zach Brewster-Geisz
Frog

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Tim German
Oscar


PRODUCTION TEAM

SET DESIGN

JD Madsen

SOUND DESIGN

Niusha Nawab

STAGE MANAGER

Tori Ujczo

 

LIGHTING DESIGN

Ian Claar

COSTUME DESIGN

Sydney Moore

CASTING DIRECTOR

Noah Schaefer

All Production Photos by Teresa Castracane