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About Obama In Naples - Off Broadway

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Obama in Napels is a new comedy with songs by Claudio Angelini. This funny, romantic, satirical play wonders if the "good magic" of our President could rescue Southern Italy from its never-ending woes. Will he come to Naples and save the day... or not?

Neapolitan craziness and fun break out when an Italian journalist, who covered the terrible Irpinia earthquake of 1980, returns to Naples to investigate whether conditions will ever improve there. He is mistaken for a member of President Obama's advance party and ends up getting more involved in saving the city than he reckoned for.

When our President coincidentally arrives, miraculously, bringing his message of peace and hope, he is welcomed by the Neapolitans like a new San Gennaro. For a few days Naples becomes the capital of the world and Obama the new patron saint of the city.

The underlying theme is Southern Italy's never-ending woes, summed up by the question: have things gotten better or worse in the last thirty years? Can young folk across the continents--from Paris to Perth, Bombay to Beijing--be inspired by Obama to fight corruption and make a brighter future...or not? The play sparkles with songs. Like most Italian comedies, it borrows from commedia dell' arte but its humor is the genuine kind that stems from the warmth of the characters themselves.

Playwright Claudio Angelini is the well-known Italian TV news anchor known as the Dan Rather of Italy. He has covered Obama since the primaries and published a book with Rizzoli on the first years of his presidency, Obama: Un Anno di Sfide (Obama: A Year of Challenges). Among his many assignments, he covered the earthquake in Irpinia, accompanying President Pertini. His play is a love poem to Naples with humor, satire and plenty of local color.

Translated from the Italian by Angela Carabelli and edited by Olga Cortese and Michael F. Moore.

With: Beau Allen, Toby Blackwell, Sam Charny, Brian Childers, Jenna Dallacco, John Fennessy, David Goldyn, Scott Raymond Johnson, Elyse Knight, Lauren Maslanik, Joseph Serrano, Lin Tucci.


Abingdon Theatre

312 West 36th St, New York, NY 10018