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Ray Richmond’s Obama-Trump play TRANSITION premieres March 11 in Hollywood

The first theatrical response to the Trump era has five-weekend run at the Lounge Theatre.
Harry S. Murphy and Joshua Wolf Coleman star in TRANSITION, premiering March 11 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
Harry S. Murphy and Joshua Wolf Coleman star in TRANSITION, premiering March 11 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. 2017-03-01 18:28:47
LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2017) - TRANSITION, a new play about the Oval Office meeting between President Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump, begins its world premiere engagement on March 11 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

The 90-minute production was written by veteran Hollywood journalist, author and critic Ray Richmond. It is the first theatrical effort directly inspired by the Trump Era.

An imagined, dramatic recreation of the historic sitdown that took place on November 10, 2016 (two days after Trump's shocking victory in the Presidential election), TRANSITION is a compelling drama with comedic elements woven throughout. The meeting evolves into a chess match between a man who's spent years building a legacy and an outsider moving in to tear it all down. The play touches on issues including immigration, gun control, health care, sexism and nuclear war.

TRANSITION stars Joshua Wolf Coleman as President Barack Obama and Harry S. Murphy as Donald Trump. It is directed by Lee Costello.

Coleman is a veteran of Guthrie Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse who's played the title role in Macbeth and Puddn'head Wilson and appeared in television series including Grey's Anatomy, House,and The West Wing. Murphy is a writer-performer alumnus of Second City in Chicago whose credits include Charlie Wilson’s War, Scandal and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Director Lee Costello is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. She's directed many plays in New York and Los Angeles, including Waiting for Grace at The Odyssey Theatre, chosen by The Huffington Post as one of the Top Ten theatre productions in Los Angeles in 2016.

TRANSITION is the first play by Richmond, a leading entertainment critic, columnist, reporter and blogger for publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and the Los Angeles Times. He's also written four books.

"After the election, I was as devastated as everyone else by the fact our country was about to go to hell," Richmond says. “But when President Obama invited Trump to the Oval Office for a meeting, it struck me as a perfect construct for a two-man stage play. Writing it lifted me from my funk, driven by equal parts fear and inspiration.”

TRANSITION will run for five weekends and 16 performances, March 11 through April 9 at the Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. (Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.) Preview performances March 9 and 10.

Tickets are available at

Two pairs each have been reserved for Presidents Trump and Obama.

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