Ready for a Riotous Night of Snort-laughing, Facepalms, and “Did They Just Say That?” Fun?
Another day, another (omg, no he didn’t) fiasco unfolding at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As the White House’s public image circus spirals into a bona fide spectacle of epic proportions, seven magnificent women – both brilliant and on the brink – are wagering their sanity to keep the nation’s top goofball from stepping in it.
POTUS, Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive is a hilarious and cheeky peek behind the curtains of sex, politics, and the women pulling the strings (and their hair out) for the guy who’s technically at the helm of the free world.
Please be aware that this comedy contains mature themes and very strong language. It is recommended for ages 14 and up.
Runtime: 105 minutes
Content: Recommended for 14+. Please be aware that this comedy contains mature themes and very strong language.
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SHOWS with female leads, like Parks and Recreation or VEEP
MOVIES that make fun of politics, like Long Shot or The Campaign
BOOKS with the inside scoop, like Becomingby Michelle Obama, or Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Book and Movie!)
SHOWS about the presidency, like The West Wing or Madame Secretary
MOVIES that put females at the helm of the action, like Ocean’s 8 or Barbie
BOOKS that touch on taboo, like You Can’t Joke About That: Why Everything Is Funny, Nothing Is Sacred, and We’re All in This Together by Kat Timpf or The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell
MUSICALS that shockingly push the boundaries, like The Book of Mormon, Noises Off, Avenue Q, or 9 To 5 The Musical
Basically, if you like turning any Presidential debate into drinking games with your friends, this show is for you!
MEET THE CAST & Characters
Saving the World from the brink of disaster, they’re gutsy, witty and excel in the never-before-seen art of Presidential babysitting.
HARRIET Chief of Staff, A Political Bulldog Who Lives for the Job
Laurie Carter Rose
Laurie is excited to be making her Contemporary Theatre debut in her home state! Originally from Cincinnati and a graduate of Miami University, Laurie has been fortunate to live and perform in NYC, LA, Tokyo and London before landing in Chicago and calling it home for the last two-plus decades. Favorite regional theatre credits include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Butterflies are Free (Riverside Theatre), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (NC Stage), The Roommate (Theatre Silco), The Cake (Human Race), Good People (New Harmony Theatre), Menopause the Musical (Fireside Theatre), Lifespan of a Fact and It Shoulda Been You (Farmers Alley Theatre), and Calendar Girls (Clinton Showboat). London’s West End and US National Tours: Sunset Boulevard and Jesus Christ Superstar. TV/Film credits include Chicago Med, FORCE, Early Edition, and The Tonight Show. Love to “Rose Boys” S,N,D,&H. www.LaurieCarterRose.com
JEAN Press Secretary, Pressroom Pro, Romance Disaster
Noelle is thrilled to perform her first show with The Contemporary Theatre in POTUS!
A Columbus native, Noelle Anderson has been a professional performer for over 20 years as a singer, musician, and actor. Currently, she works as Shadowbox Live’s Director of Data Systems. Some of her favorite past roles include Maureen in Rent, and Simon Zealot in Jesus Christ Superstar. In her off time, she runs a web design and marketing agency (Sage Nine Creative) with her husband Brandon, and they both spend too much time spoiling their Jack Russell Terrier, Archie.
Kelsey Hopkins is thrilled to be back this season with The Contemporary after appearing in 9 to 5 as Margaret. Favorite Regional credits include: The Taming, Heathers, As you Like It, Dracula, Pete the Cat, August Osage County, Into the Woods. Receiving her BFA in Acting (Musical Theatre) from Wright State University, backed by the Tom Hanks Scholarship, Kelsey went on to live and work in NYC and traveled nationwide as an actor before returning to her hometown of Columbus where she works as an acting coach and local theatre artist. Lots of love and thanks to her amazing community of friends, Mom & Dad, and her fiance, Sam, for their unending support! kelseyhopkins.com
DUSTY President's Dalliance, The Prez’s Secret (& Pregnant) Lover
Arriah Ratanapan is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University and is thrilled to make her Contemporary Theatre of Ohio debut! She has previously worked with the company as an Artist Educator and is excited to take the stage with them. Recent performances include Freaky Friday with Off the Lake Productions and Love’s Labour’s Lost with Actors’ Theatre of Columbus.
BERNADETTE President's Sister, a Chaotic, Calculated, & Charismatic Hot Mess
Christina Yoho has been involved in Columbus theater since ’98, a Good Medicine Specialist (healthcare clown) since ’17, and is psyched to join this team and The Contemporary for the first time. Recent shows include Machinal (The Sound Company), Love’s Labor’s Lost, Dracula, and Tale of Two Cities (Actors’ Theatre), Whiskey Wars, Ghost Story Tours, and Uptown Scrooge (Good Medicine). A few other favorites: Cowboy Mouth (Warehouse), The 39 Steps (SRO), Awake and Sing! (Civic), and a couple Midsummer Night’s Dreams (’10 St. John’s College, NM & ’01 Columbus Parks and Rec). Has a cat.
CHRIS Journalist, Overburdened, Postpartum, Newly-Divorced, & on the brink of irrelevancy.
Shanelle Marie is happy to be returning to The Contemporary’s stage where she was last seen acting in Home and directing School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play. She is an Available Light Theatre company member. Some of her favorite moments on stage include performing for Ruby Dee in Legends and Legacies, “Ruth” in A Raisin in the Sun, and as a Tedx Columbus Women speaker. She credits her first acting teacher as her beloved grandmother, who would bring Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s poetry to life.
MARGARET The First Lady, Brimming with Bitterness and Pent-Up Rage
Anita Davis is an actor, writer, vocalist, dancer and model. She has worked throughout the U.S., creating standout performances both onstage and onscreen. Stage productions include the award-winning School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, as well as Steal Away, Stepper’s Ball, Sisters, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, The Trip and numerous others. Onscreen roles include the films The Endangered, Compensation, Cruel and Unusual, and Turning the Corner, along with made-for-TV movies Skin Complex and the Emmy-award winning Our Father. Additional work includes lead vocals with several bands, runway and print modeling and podcast hosting.