1. What is it about?
The title was initially AFRICAN AMERICANA. Most people thought it was boring. OBAMA-OLOGY was something I could remember and that stuck out. And (like any title that sticks out) there are people who love it and people who hate it. I’m not really that concerned if it turns audience members off. If you’re unwilling to go to a play because it has ‘Obama’ in the title then I don’t think you’ll like the play anyway. When I write I’m not really concerned about the audience. My concern is to get the singular truth of that story out there, the clarity of the voices, and the sharpness of perception. I’ve had amazing plays that have never been seen before a large audience and I have written so-so okay plays that have gone on to play in front of sold-out crowds. Audiences are unreliable judges for anything concerning artistic integrity. Don’t get me wrong: we love audiences and hope they love us back. But as an artist in my twenties, I learned that if I wanted to be serious about craft then being scared of offending the audience was not helpful. That included not being scared of offending them in anything from the title of the play to the actual content. It’s stifling. We already have enough voices of doubt in our heads without adding the outside ones. And I think a title like REAGANOLOGY would definitely make me stop and read the synopsis. And if the description was intriguing I would easily go see a play about Barry Goldwater, Reagan, or Trump.