An All-Intern ‘Obama-ology’

Written in 2014 by Aurin Squire, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and journalist
Anthony Sims, left, plays a college graduate canvassing for the 2008 Obama campaign, and Kara Arena is the East Cleveland campaign director in “Obama-ology.” Ethan Sepa

“Obama-ology,” the first show at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater ever directed, produced, designed, and acted entirely by its summer intern company, will be onstage there today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 4 p.m.

Written in 2014 by Aurin Squire, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and journalist, “Obama-ology” is not about the former president but about Warren, an African-American college graduate who takes a job with the 2008 Obama campaign.

Warren’s idealism runs up against the troubled streets of East Cleveland, where he knocks on doors, fends off the police, questions his own racial and sexual identity, and learns that changing society isn’t as easy as he had imagined. 

The play is also about the lives of East Cleveland’s black minority, who, after being courted by a succession of educated white candidates to represent them, have a flicker of hope ignited by the young man canvassing for Obama.

“The play commendably touches on poverty and illiteracy, and addresses in no uncertain terms class differences within the black community,” according to a review of a 2016 Los Angeles performance by Deborah Klugman on Capital & Main’s website.

Shea King, Bay Street’s directing-producing intern, will direct the production, which will star Anthony Sims, Cici Koueth, Lewis Elliott, and Kara Arena, the theater’s first-ever acting apprentices.

Other members of the creative team include Madeline Dozart, Meredith Platt, Blaine Shepherd, Kayli Mikal Warner, Ethan Sepa, Joseph Fisher, Anthony Lefebvre, Maria-Ray Ossino, Alex Brock, Katie Wasicko, Lindsay Hearon, Antonio Ribeiro, and Terysa Malootian. 

Among the other interns working on the production are Ally Gray, Salvatore Casto, Megan Turner, Carlisle Shelson, and Phillip Young. General admission tickets are $12, $10 for students.