MUMBURGER

 Obama-ology   

by Aurin Squire

I am black enough to get stopped by the police, and I’m sure as hell black enough to work on a campaign for the first African American who has a chance at being the leader of the free world.

When African-American college graduate Warren takes a job with the 2008 Obama campaign, he’s fired up and ready to go – until he lands in the troubled streets of East Cleveland. But somewhere between knocking on doors, fending off cops, and questioning his own racial and sexual identity, he learns that changing society isn’t as easy as he imagined…

Obama-ology is a compelling journey into the lives of the black minority of East Cleveland. This invisible underclass – despondent after a lifetime of presidential campaigns with only the educated, white candidate to represent them – have the flame of hope reignited by a passionate young man canvassing for Obama. A stunning new play that demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit to overcome defeat at the hands of social repression and financial hardship.

Cast   
   Production Team

Writer   Aurin Squire

Director   Tommo Fowler

Designer   Anna Lewis

 

Lighting Designer   Rob Mills

Composer & Sound Designer   Finn Keane

Movement Director   Ita O'Brien

Vocal Coach   Nina Zendejas

Assistant Director   Emerald Crankson

 

Stage Manager   Vicki Sweeting

Producer   Aidan Grounds for ABG Productions

Peter Caulfield
Peter Caulfield

SAM

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Edward Dede
Edward Dede

WARREN

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Pearl Mackie
Pearl Mackie

CECE / CAITS

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Katherine Newman
Katherine Newman

LAURA

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Amanda Wright
Amanda Wright

BARBARA

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November – December 2014
Finborough Theatre

 Press   

TERRIFIC

This is a really enjoyable evening. Tommo Fowler’s production has plenty of dash

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian   

★★★★

SMART & INCISIVE

Tommo Fowler [gives] us a fast flowing production in which comedy, suspense and high emotion are delivered with equal confidence

ThePublicReviews   

★★★★

EXUBERANT

entertaining, engaging, emotional and amusing

Everything Theatre   

A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

a versatile cast under the sure direction of Tommo Fowler

British Theatre Guide   

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Obama-ology
Obama-ology

Pearl Mackie, Edward Dede & Peter Caulfield

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Obama-ology
Obama-ology

The company

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Obama-ology

Amanda Wright & Edward Dede

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Obama-ology

Katherine Newman

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Obama-ology
Obama-ology

Pearl Mackie, Peter Caulfield & Katherine Newman

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Obama-ology

Katherine Newman, Peter Caulfield & Pearl Mackie

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Photography © Scott Rylander