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OBAMA-OLOGY coming to Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in June
--From a press release
2023-04-26

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Evanston, IL — Tim Rhoze, Artistic Director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, has announced the cast for the company's season-opening Chicago premiere of OBAMA-OLOGY by Aurin Squire.

The play is about a young gay African American college graduate from New York who 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 where he is sent to knock on doors and recruit volunteers. He sees that his experiences and privilege are a long way from those of the poor residents and that he doesn't know how to communicate with them about their lives. 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.

Performances of OBAMA-OLOGY will be June 10-25, 2023, Saturdays at 7 p.m.and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets for all productions in the 2023 season are $30. on sale now at www.fjtheatre.com or 847-866-5914. Additionally, 2023 Premium Gold Member Cards, good for all three 2023 summer and fall play productions and THE BALDWIN | GIOVANNI EXPERIENCE, are now on sale for a very limited time for only $85 - a nearly 30 percent discount off the regular season ticket prices.

Squire is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Julliard School whose plays have been produced off-Broadway in New York and in London's West End. He was a reporter for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and MIAMI HERALD and is the book writer for the Broadway-bound musical A WONDERFUL WORLD, a biography of Louis Armstrong that will have a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago in October 2023. OBAMA-OLOGY, a comedy about a volunteer for Barack Obama's first Presidential campaign, was developed in 2014 at The Juilliard School's New Play Festival, before opening to critical acclaim in London's West End at the Finborough Theatre and then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Associate Artistic Director Bria Walker will direct the production, which will play June 10-25, 2023.

Walker's cast will include David Guiden (he/him/his), who has worked with the Chicago companies Lifeline Theatre, UrbanTheater Company, Victory Gardens, and eta Creative Arts Foundation, and was the recipient of a Black Theatre Alliance Award for Most Promising Actor; Tuesdai B. Perry (she/her/hers), of FJT's HOME, CROWNS, and THE NUTCRACKER(ISH); Chris Jensen (he/him/his), who appeared in Glass Apple Theatre's DRACULA in 2022; and recent transplant from New York Em DeMaio (she/her/hers).

COMING LATER IN THE 2023 SEASON

THE LIGHT

By Loy A. Webb

Directed by Tim Rhoze

August 5-20, 2023

Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 3 pm

Press opening Sunday, August 6 at 3 pm

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center

927 Noyes Ave., Evanston

Tickets $30.00 — For a limited time use the code: FJT2023 when purchasing tickets online for a $10.00 discount per ticket.

Tickets on sale now at www.fjtheatre.com

Phone 847-866-5914

Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb's THE LIGHT introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping two-character drama.

THE BALDWIN | GIOVANNI EXPERIENCE

Written by Tim Rhoze and Bria Walker

Directed by Tim Rhoze

Limited run - September 2-3, 2023

Saturday, September 1 at 7 pm, Sunday, September 2 at 3 pm

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center

927 Noyes Ave., Evanston

Tickets $30.00 — For a limited time use the code: FJT2023 when purchasing tickets online for a $10.00 discount per ticket.

Tickets on sale now at www.fjtheatre.com

Phone 847-866-5914

The dynamic poeticism of Spoken Word and the piercing directness of Prose is at the forefront of this momentous theatrical experience inspired by the 1971 broadcast conversation between authors James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni. Infused with originally composed music, choreography, and mural artwork, this will be an intellectual, spiritual, and artistic journey of a lifetime.

THIS BITTER EARTH

by Harrison David Rivers

Directed by Tim Rhoze

October 28 — November 12, 2023

Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 3 pm

Press opening Sunday, October 29 at 3 pm

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center

927 Noyes Ave., Evanston

Tickets $30.00 — For a limited time use the code: FJT2023 when purchasing tickets online for a $10.00 discount per ticket.

Tickets on sale now at www.fjtheatre.com

Phone 847-866-5914

A deep love is challenged by divisive political realities. Jesse, an introspective Black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white, Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class, and the bravery it takes to love out loud.

BIOS

AURIN SQUIRE (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and reporter. He is a recipient of the 2014 Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. In 2013, his drama FREEFALLING was produced at Barrington Stage Company and won the 2013 Fiat Lux Award from the Catholic Church's Theatre Conference. In 2014 Squire won the grand prize in the InspiraTO Theatre's International Play Festival in Toronto for FREEFALLING. From 2014-2015, he had fellowships at The Dramatists Guild of America, National Black Theatre, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Squire is the winner of the Act One Writing Contest at Lincoln Center Theatre. His dark comedy TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN won New York LGBT theatre awards for best play, best playwright, and best actor before being optioned and remounted off-Broadway to critical acclaim at the ArcLight Theatre. Squire also wrote DREAMS OF FREEDOM, the multimedia installation video about Jewish immigrants in the 20th century for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. DREAMS won 3 national museum awards and is in the permanent exhibit at NMAJH. His most recent play, FIRE SEASON, premiered at the Seattle Public Theater in January 2019.

BRIA WALKER (Director) is a multi-disciplinary artist, Associate Artistic Director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, and an Assistant Professor of Acting. Selected directing credits include EMILIA (University of Pittsburgh), FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (SUNY New Paltz), FURY (Parker Theatre), CROWNS (co-direction, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre), AVENUE Q (University of Pittsburgh, SUNY New Paltz), DOG SH*T (Bricolage Production Company, Bus 11), and OFF WITH HER MAIDENHEAD (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, The Pitch). Recent acting credits include THE GARBOLOGISTS (World Premiere, City Theatre Co. Pittsburgh), FIRES IN THE MIRROR (FJT & PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATRE), THE ROYALE (Rep of St. Louis, City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh), and roles in productions by many regional theaters across the US.

TIM RHOZE (Artistic Director) Tim Rhoze has been the Producing Artistic Director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre since 2010. His directing credits include: AMERICAN SON, HOME, TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992, THE MEETING, FIRES IN THE MIRROR, BLACK BALLERINA (co-writer), NUTCRACKER(ISH), CROWNS, HAVING OUR SAY, FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, WOZA ALBERT!, GOING TO ST. IVES, SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, A SONG FOR CORETTA, YELLOWMAN, SWEET, LADY DAY AT EMERSON BAR & GRILL, BEAR COUNTRY, NOBODY, FENCES, PIANO LESSON, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN, K2, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, et. al. Tim is also the writer/director of WHY NOT ME? A SAMMY DAVIS JR. STORY, and MAYA'S LAST POEM, both produced at FJT; and BLACK BALLERINA, produced at FJT and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. He was co-writer and director of A HOME ON THE LAKE, co-produced with the Piven Theatre Workshop.

ABOUT FLEETWOOD-JOURDAIN THEATRE

Founded in 1979, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is a professional, award-winning theatre company that has been thrilling audiences with over four decades of unique, inspirational, and invigorating African American and African Diaspora-centered storytelling. The company has been honored with Black Theatre Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards. From original plays to the best of Broadway, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has remained committed to supplying the very best in theatre. "Umoja!! ….Working Together in Unity" is the foundation from which FJT began and continues to thrive!

It is our mission to present powerful, thought-provoking, Theater Arts programming with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence. We are dedicated to providing a nurturing and creative environment for directors, playwrights, actors, set, light, and costume designers. In this positive environment, they can further develop their creative skills and share their artistic expressions. The Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is funded by the City of Evanston and in part by the Illinois Arts Council, A State Agency.


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