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Michael Oatman and Benjamin GraberMichael Oatman

Michael Oatman is the Playwright-In-Residence at Karamu Theater, the oldest African American theater in the country. The last guy to hold that position was Langston Hughes. He received his MFA from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Consortium in 2008. His plays include Indelible, The Chittlin’ Thief, In Man, and Let it Bleed.

Benjamin Graber

Benjamin Graber at sixty-four is appearing as a playwright. In past performances he has been a hippie doctor, a sex doctor, a psychiatrist, and a neurobiologist. As a playwright he has had a ten-minute play, End of Limerence, produced three times; a co-authored one-act play, Snipped, produced twice, and another ten-minute play, The Hippie and The Guru produced once. His ten-minute play The Banana Republic was recently read at the CCHA conference in Omaha. This will be his third GPTC reading: 2007 Party Favor and 2008 Wedding Party. He is currently in the Masters Program in the Theatre Department at UNO where his Masters Thesis Play, Hippie Doctor will receive a main stage production in Fall 2009. Warpaint, co-authored with Michael Oatman has been selected as a finalist for the John Cauble Short Play award and will be produced at the National Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival in April, 2009 in Washington, DC.


A professor and a social worker strike up a very unusual and ultimately destructive relationship.