November 4, 2011

In search of a reason to email Oprah? We've got one!

Many of you remember Oberon K.A. Adjepong, the fabulous actor who played Christian, the traveling salesman and admirer of Mama Nadi, in our production of Ruined last January. 

Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Christian) and Tonye Patano (Mama Nadi) in Ruined

Critics and audiences praised our production, which received the 2011 Elliot Norton Award for Best Production (Large Theatre).

We recently received an email from him asking for help from the Huntington audience. As you may know, Oprah Winfrey is producing a film version of Ruined in which Oprah herself will play Mama Nadi

As of yet, the role of Christian has not been cast. Oberon would very much like reprise that role -- but first he must be granted an audition. He and his agent are working the standard channels, but he's trying some non-tradtional techniques, as well. Oberon is asking his fans, friends, and family to launch a letter-writing campaign in support of his recent work with Ruined and to recommend him for the opportunity to audition for the role. This is where you come in!

It's pretty simple: write a letter to Oprah via her website. Tell her that you saw Oberon in the Huntington's 2011 production of Ruined (You can also mention that he played the role at La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep). Tell Ms. Winfrey how much you liked (or loved!) Oberon's work as Christian. Be specific if you can. And ask her to consider casting him in the role of Christian for her film.

As you know, the theatre world is very small, and the West Coast arm of this campaign is already being spearheaded by our friends at Berkeley Rep. Let's help to make this a national effort and extend some East Coast support to Oberon!


Helene said...

I'm not sure the address for Oprah is operational. Got a return email mentioning the finale of her old show. Maybe you could check that out?

Rebecca Curtiss said...

Thanks for letting us know, Helene! Please write to Oprah through her website, instead:

Chemi Che-Mponda said...

Good Luck to Oberon, but they probably already cast Danny Glover in that role.

I saw the Huntington Theatre production and it was awesome! It was on of the best shows that I have seen there. I will gladly put a word in for Oberon.