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.
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
November – December 2014
Photography © Scott Rylander