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Interns At Hamptons-Based Theater Producing "Obama-ology"

Olivia Rutigliano

Anthony Sims and Kara Arena. (Photo: Ethan Sepa)

Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is presenting its first ever college intern production, Obama-ology, which was written by Aurin Square, award-winning playwright journalist, multimedia artist and NYC resident, who is known for his writing on the NBC hit, This is Us.

The production features Warren, an African-American college graduate hired by the 2008 Obama Campaign in East Cleveland. Throughout his journey on the campaign trail, he begins questioning his own racial and sexual identity.

"This year, Bay Street has greatly expanded our summer internship program, offering our interns new educational and professional training programs as part of their experience here," noted Bay Street Artistic Director Scott Schwartz.

The play will be directed by Bay Street's Directing/Producing intern Shea King and stars Bay Street Theater's 2018 Acting Apprentices: Anthony Sims as Warren, Cici Koueth as Cece/Barbara/Ensemble, Lewis Elliott as Sam/Ensemble, and Kara Arena as Laura/Ensemble.

Other members of the creative team include Bay Street Theater interns Madeline Dozart (Scenic Designer), Meredith Platt (Associate Scenic Designer/Scenic Change Artist), Blaine Shepherd (Costume Designer), Kyli Mikai Warner (Associate Costume Designer), Ethan Sepa (Lighting Designer/Projections Designer), Joseph Fisher (Associate Lighting Designer/Master Electrician), Anthony Lefebvre (Associate Projections Designer), Alex Brock(Sound Designer), Katie Wasicko(Wardrobe Supervisor), Lindsay Hearon (Prop Designer/Props Master), Antonio Ribeiro (Master Carpenter), and Terysa Malootian(Stage Manager/Production Manager). Other interns working on the production include Ally Gray (Associate Producer), Salvatore Casto (Dramaturge), Megan Turner(House Manager), Carlisle Shelson(Box Office) and Phillip Young(Marketing Director).

Lewis Elliott, Kara Arena, and Anthony Sims. (Photo: Ethan Sepa)

"The centerpiece of this newly enhanced program is a production that is completely created and run by our intern company," Schwartz reflected. "It is a significant opportunity for them to continue to develop their skills, and an exciting chance for our audience to be introduced to the thrilling next generation of artists and theater practitioners who are a part of the Bay Street family this summer."

This summer, Bay Street Theater has employed 19 interns and four acting apprentices. This is the first time that each member of the intern company has put on a show from scratch.

Performances will run from Thursday, August 9 through Saturday, August 11, with twilight performances at 4 p.m. However, their will be a free public outdoor performance on Monday, August 6 on the lawn of the Christ Episcopal Church (the corner of Hampton Street and High Street in Sag Harbor) at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $12 or $10 for students.

Bay Street Theater is located at 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. For more information or to purchase tickets, log on to www.baystreet.org or call the Box Office at 631-725-9500.

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