(left to right) Jon Garrard, Chris Sanders, Lee George, Dayna Spring Fries, Octavia Y. Thomas
Photo by: Simao
Jubilee - Obama-ology
Performance: January 25 - February 24, 2019
By: Aurin Squire
Fort Worth, TX (January 4, 2019) - Jubilee Theatre is opening the new year with
a story of hope and change. The award-winning Theatre is ecstatic to present
Aurin Squire's Obama-ology, on stage January 25 - February 24, 2019.
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. A stunning new play that demonstrates
the resilience of the human spirit to overcome defeat at the hands of social
repression and financial hardship.
Obama-olgy is directed by Lisa Devine, who shares that Obama-olgy "is a story
of a young man trying to discover what kind of man he is and what fears he is
running from." The hope for patrons is to connect with the story and join the
journey of self realization, conquering their fears while owning their differences.
The transforming play stars five actors, Lee George (Warren), Chris Sanders
(Cece), Octavia Y. Thomas (Barbara), Dayna Spring Fries (Laura) and Jon
Garrard (Sam). The remaining production team includes set design by Bob
Lavalee, costume design by Hope Cox, lighting design by Nikki DeShae, sound
design by David Lanza and stage management by Amir Ali.
Obama-ology runs January 25 - February 24, 2019 at Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main
Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday and 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Matinee performances are at
3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Press night is January 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
JUBILEE THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 SEASON OF POIGNANT, HISTORICAL PLAYS AND MUSICALS
Jubilee Theatre, one of the longest running African-American theaters, announces
their 38th Season. Under the direction of Interim Artistic Director Benard Cummings,
the plays and musicals represent a diversity of voices and styles, including
ripped-from-the-headlines dramas, nostalgic musicals, and fresh assessments of
the world around us.
"We are excited about our 2018-19 season," said Cummings. "Building on the
success of A Motown Christmas, Detroit '67 and It Ain't Nothing But the Blues,
we are ecstatic to continue giving our audience fresh, thought provoking
content. Jubilee has always been at the forefront of arts creativity and this
season will be no different."
Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham (Regional Premiere)
Directed by Regina Washington
September 28 - October 28, 2018
"My skin is brown, my manner is tough..." Nina Simone's velvet voice was
unafraid to sing lyrics that cut right to the truth. From the iconic,
"I Put a Spell on You" to "Feelin' Good" to the title protest song
"Four Women," her music was a personal and political exploration branded
in the killing of the Civil Rights Movement. Simone's lyrics weave a story
of four women alienated from themselves and each other due to the color
of their skin. But, through it all they remain triumphant - women proud
"To Be Young, Gifted and Black." "All I want is equality for my sister,
my brother, my people and me..." - Nina Simone
The First Noel, music and lyrics by Lelund Durond Thompson and Michael Jason Webb (Regional Premiere)
Directed by Jiles R. King, II
November 23 - December 23, 2018
This Harlem-based holiday musical features music that crosses genres-from pop
to jazz to gospel - to tell a universal story of love and belonging. It's a
story that follows three generations affected by the tragic loss of a loved
one. Time is slow to heal this family's wounds until an unexpected visit from
Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. The First Noel is about how a
community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary
things to help one another receive the gift of love during the holiday season.
Obama-ology by Aurin Squire (Regional Premiere)
Directed by Lisa Devine
January 25 - February 24, 2019
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. A stunning new
play that demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit to overcome defeat
at the hands of social repression and financial hardship.
Bubbling Brown Sugar by Loften Mitchell
Directed by Michael Serrecchia
March 22 - April 28, 2019
Journey back in time to the Harlem Renaissance when audiences flocked to
the area's popular nightclubs to see the greatest talents entertain. Artists
like Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Billie Holliday created
a golden age of music with their exciting sounds and glamorous shows. You'll
jam, jump, and jive to this exuberant, three-time Tony-nominated musical revue.
Split Second by Dennis McIntyre (Regional Premiere)
Directed by Benard Cummings
May 24 - June 23, 2019
This stimulating drama explores the story of a respected African-American
police officer who arrests a white man on suspicion of attempted car theft.
The suspect taunts the officer with racist insults and verbal attacks until,
in the grip of uncontrollable rage, the officer loses his cool and guns
down his handcuffed antagonist. There are no witnesses; the cop can probably
get away with it. Does he turn himself in or does he cover himself?
The Five Heartbeats, In Collaboration with SPAA Theater (Regional Premiere)
Directed by Amy Poe
July 26 - August 25, 2019
In the early 1960s a quintet of hopeful young African-American men form an
amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky
start, the group improves, turn pro, and rise to become a top flight music
sensation. Along the way however, the guys learn many hard lessons about
the reality of the music industry with its casual racism and greed while
the personal weaknesses of the members threaten to destroy the integrity
of the group.
ABOUT JUBILEE THEATRE
A Message from the Artistic Director -
What a fabulous world we live in - in this place we call the theatre! This is
the place where we have the opportunity to reach out and hopefully make a
difference in someone's life and as Artistic Director of Jubilee Theatre- that
is the vision that I can see most clearly for the future of the company.
As an African American Director, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to
produce plays and present roles that compensate for the lack of our own
conservatories. To shape opportunities for African-American actors, which offer
roles that go beyond the stereotypical urban suspects, and to reveal the deeper
and varied resources of our culture- while remaining true to our mission.
The theme of our 2016-2017 Season is "Places in Time" and it is my sincere
hope that you will travel with us for what we feel will be a glorious ride
from places in our chronological past and into the time of our theatres future!
Enjoy the Season!
William (Bill) Earl Ray