20 Premieres at the Finborough Season | November 2014 - February 2015

OBAMA-OLOGY

by Aurin Squire

 
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 30 November, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 December 2014

The European premiere

“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.”

Discovered by the Finborough Theatre and part of its 20 Premieres season, the European premiere of Obama-ology , the European full-length debut of multi-award-winning American playwright Aurin Squire.

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.

Recently produced in the United States at the world renowned Julliard School in New York, Obama-ology marks the European full-length debut of a stunning new African-American playwright.

ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT AURIN SQUIRE

Playwright Aurin Squire is a New York playwright, producer and artist/activist. In 2014-2015, he has playwriting fellowships at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, National Black Theatre and the Dramatists Guild of America. His plays include The Great Black Sambo Machine (Lincoln Centre Lab and Ars Nova), Defacing Michael Jackson (Nuyorican Poets Café workshop), To Whom It May Concern (Abingdon Theatre and ArcLight Theatre productions), African Americana (Theatre 503). Last year his drama Freefalling (Barrington Stages) won the Fiat Lux Prize from the New York Catholic Church as well as first prize in the InspiraTO Theatre International Play Festival in Toronto in Spring 2014. As a part of pro-democracy activism at Ensemble Free Theatre of Norway and Belarus Dream Theatre, his drama Article 119-1 premiered simultaneously around the world in various cities including Vancouver, Oslo, Los Angeles and Florence. Squire also writes and produces multimedia and web video including writing the installation art film Dreams of Freedom, which won three National Museum prizes and is in the permanent exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

ABOUT DIRECTOR TOMMO FOWLER

Director Tommo Fowler returns to the Finborough Theatre where he was Assistant Director of Sommer 14: A Dance of Death. Trained with Living Pictures and on the Short Course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Direction includes Vesting Day (Southwark Playhouse), a rehearsed reading of Wake (English Touring Theatre Studios), The [Accidental] Execution of Alan Bishop (Pleasance London), Porcelain, Just Say No (Theatre503), Multiple Choice (Lost Theatre), Taketh (Take Courage Theatre, New Cross) and Extremely Brief and Violent (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Forthcoming productions include Monster Party (Arcola Theatre) and The Repast (Theatre503). Assistant Direction includes Handel Furioso (Arcola Theatre and National Tour), Rainbow, winner of a Fringe First Award (Edinburgh Festival) and Mojo Mickybo (Old Red Lion Theatre). Dramaturgy includes No Border, an intranational verbatim theatre project. Tommo is currently Development Associate at ABG Productions, a Reader for Theatre503 and Project Manager for Living Pictures.

ABOUT THE CAST

Peter Caulfield | Instructor, Sam, Resident #2, Cop 1, Cop 2, Night Cop, Brad and Dad

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Lark Rise to Candleford.
Theatre includes One Man Two Guvnors (West End and National Tour), The Man of Mode, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (National Theatre), Enron (Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Noël Coward Theatre), The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse), Into the Woods (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Aladdin (The Old Vic) and Nicked (HighTide).
Television includes Cucumber and Banana, both airing in January 2015.

Edward Dede | Warren

Trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes Design For Living (The Old Vic), Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Paines Plough at the Village Underground), Soho Slam (Soho Theatre), Dr Faustus (Watford Palace Theatre), Gleaming Dark – Burnt Butterflies (Trafalgar Studios), Present:Tense (Nabokov at Trafalgar Studios), Pirates (Polka Theatre), Sinbad The Untold Tale (Theatre By The Lake, Keswick) and Barren (The 24 Hour Plays at The Old Vic). 
Film includes Farming, 80 Days and Hamlet.
Television includes The Wrong Door and Shangri-La.
Radio includes A Dangerous Voyage.

Pearl Mackie | Instructor, Cece, Caits

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include The Rain That Does Not Make You Wet as part of Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.
Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Theatre includes Disnatured (Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival) Crystal Springs (Park Theatre), Neighbors (HighTide), Brothers in Blood, Elusive Spring (Bilimankwhe Arts), Blue Blood (Riverside Studios), Only Human (Theatre503),The Helen Project (LOST Theatre), Beef (Southwark Playhouse) Home (The Last Refuge), Hiding; Losing, Survivors (Chichester Festival Theatre - Playpod) and Ma Kelly Goes to the Games (Attic Theatre).

Film includes Svengali.

Television includes Doctors.
Radio includes Romeo and Juliet.

Katherine Newman | Instructor, Laura, Resident #3, Store Clerk and Lainey

Trained at Queen Margaret's University, Edinburgh.
Theatre includes See What I See (Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford Playhouse), Where the Love Lies (Theatre503), The Day After (Pleasance London), Prophesy, Macbeth (BAZ), R U L8 (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham) and Much Ado About Nothing (Byre Theatre, St Andrews).
Film includes Woman at the Well, Beatitudes, Cannibals, Crossing the Line, And the Colours Are Like Summer, Heim and Once Upon A Time.
Television includes Locked Up Abroad and Tomorrow’s Child.

Amanda Wright | Instructor, Barbara, Resident #1, Neighbor and Mom

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Achidi J’s Final Hours. Trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes Horrible Histories, Horrible Science (Birmingham Stage Company), The 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic), Henry V (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Handa’s Surprise, Goldilocks (Little Angel Theatre), Called to Account (Roundhouse), Bloody Sunday (Tricycle Theatre), How To Get Them (Arcola Theatre), The Black History Month Project (Bush Theatre), Big Break (Hampstead Theatre) and Heart of a Dog (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh).
Film includes Here for You, All the World, 30 Seconds, Consent, Stripping the Illusion and Silent Voices.
Television includes Euphoria, Prime Suspect 7, Doctors, Midsomer Murders and Making it at Holby.
Amanda also voices all Disney UK audio descriptions of Hannah Montana.

THE PRESS ON PLAYWRIGHT AURIN SQUIRE

More information available shortly.

TICKETS AND TIMES

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 30 November, 1, 2, 7, 8 9, 14, 15 and 16 December 2014

Sundays and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm

Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

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Directed by Tommo Fowler

Designed by Anna Lewis

Composition and Sound Design by Finn Keane

Lighting Design by Rob Mills

Movement Direction by Ita O'Brien

Presented by ABG Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

PETER CAULFIELD

EDWARD DEDE

PEARL MACKIE

KATHERINE NEWMAN

AMANDA WRIGHT