Emily Mann, writer and director McCarter Theatre, Artistic Director

            "Baikida Carroll can write any kind of music for the theatre, in any genre, any style, any instrumentation and its power is breath-taking. For me, as a writer and director, he has written nineteenth century Swedish peasant dances and a string quartet for MISS JULIE, a full jazz score for my play GREENSBORO:A REQUIEM, a score spanning 150 years of African-American music for HAVING OUR SAY, and a full-fledged rhythm and blues opera for BETSEY BROWN by Ntozake Shange, Emily Mann, and Baikida Carroll. He is, very simply, the most inventive and emotionally powerful composer for the stage I have ever encountered".


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