We’ve heard President Barack Obama sing “Call Me Maybe” thanks to autotune, editing and YouTube. Actor and poet Darian Dauchan takes that one step further using the assets of technology.
Armed with a slideshow projection screen, a MacBook Pro laptop, a looper/phrase sampler, headphones and microphone, Dauchan performed “Obamatry” — the 90-minute spoken-word multimedia show he wrote on Obama’s first term as president — last evening on the intimate thrust stage at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y.
He launched into “Damn You Barack Obama, You Pretty Motherfucker,” which he’d originally performed at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City more than five years ago. As the colorful language implies, the poem both praises and criticizes America’s first black president — displaying Dauchan’s way with words.
His love letter to America, “She’s Just Not That Into” — a play on Al Green’s song “Let’s Stay Together” — editorializes Obama’s thoughts using the same pallet of language as “Damn You Barack Obama, You Pretty Motherfucker”: “I don’t need to remind you that half the shit I’m dealing with is from you fucking around with your old boyfriend for the last eight years,” he says.
Dauchan is funny and satirical as he argues with himself, embodying both the liberal and conservative point of views, or parodying Shakespeare’s Hamlet, arguing “To Vote or Not to Vote?”
He’s sharp and poignant as he deals with racism and the war in Afghanistan, making you laugh, cry, question and think, “Damn you, Darian Dauchan, you eloquent and charismatic motherfucker. Why you got to be so talented? I’m so in love with you.”
“Obamatry” is written and performed by Darian Dauchan, and directed by Jennifer McGrath.