Mario Fratti Thriller Obama 44 to Premiere at La MaMa; Casting Announced

News   Mario Fratti Thriller Obama 44 to Premiere at La MaMa; Casting Announced
Mario Fratti's world-premiere thriller Obama 44, about the mysterious murder of a presidential campaign staffer, will begin previews March 29 at La MaMa e.t.c.

Wayne Maugans, who appeared on Broadway in August: Osage County, will direct the premiere that officially opens April 1.

The cast will include Rob Sedgwick (Perfect Crime, The Devil's Disciple), Julia Motyka (What We're Up Against), Dennis Ostermaier (Victor/Victoria), Thomas Poarch and Richard Ugino.

According to La MaMa, "Obama 44 is a psychological thriller about the murder of the charming, beautiful young woman Maja, who admired and loved the President and worked for his re-election campaign. She was murdered. By whom? In the play Maja, excited and joyous says, 'Obama, our 44th president. What a triumph! I admire him so much. I love him. I'm proud of all Americans. We elected an African-American, showing the world that we are truly democratic.'"

The production will have scenic design by Tatsuki Nakamura, lighting design by Paul Bartlett, costume design by Peri Grabin and sound design by Ien Denio.

Fratti, who translated Fellini's screenplay "8 1/2" for the Broadway musical Nine, is the playwright of Cage, Victim, E. Duse, White Widow - Mafia, Che Guevara, Pinochet - Chile '73, Refrigerators, Birthday, Academy, Seducers, Sister, Terrorist, Loves, Iraq-Blindness, Porno, The Bridge and Erotic Adventures In Venice. Performances are scheduled through April 15. Tickets are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or by visiting LaMaMa. La MaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan.

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