Obamanologues written and directed by Rickie Peete, is made up of 11 committed actors covering the gamut of all opinions expressed and felt during the Obama candidacy. Each actor is skillfully highlighted as they enter by lighting and sound operator Paul Respass.
Gaining notice with the speech made in front of the Democratic convention in 2008, Helen Siff representing Hope, a life-long Republican, is impressed with Obama. Other notable moments include Nina Nayebi wearing an Iranian headdress in a classroom discussing the word “civility” and positive and negative passion. Also, Rickie Peete, with great enthusiasm and a powerful stage presence, declares “there is no change, real change happened with the Boston Tea Party. This is just a ceremonial change.” Kim Stinger, wearing an Obama shirt with Hope written across it, provided unmatched, megawatt excitement as she screamed and jumped for joy as she sees on television that Obama won the electoral vote and the historic presidency.
Showing the other side of what people really think, Kyle Johnson says he won mainly because he ran a more successful campaign.
“But I’m glad he’s smarter than me,” he says.
Segun Oduolowa voted for Hillary, and although he didn’t think Obama was the best candidate he’s happy to see an African American in the White House.
Carlos Cirulizza, in graduation garb, is speaking to his classmates. Exhibiting emotional honesty, he describes his impoverished background, but he always had the American Dream as he repeats “Yes, we can!, Yes, we can! Succeed.”
Obananologues is at the Actors Workout Studio, 4735 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. Performances run through November 21 on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 pm. Regular tickets are $20 at door. Discount rates are available.
For reservations, call (323) 960-7822.