Lack History: You know, like Black History? Like, we don’t get enough of it? Did you get it? If you got it, email me at In the subject line, put “I got it.”

Created & Performed by Sam Kebede
Directed by Kari Barclay

Thursday, May 19 @ 7PM ET
Ars Nova | 511 W 54th Street
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My name’s Sam and I have an obsessive affection with history and facts and the things we aren’t told. This show is my attempt to dispense as much information along with as much comedy as possible. There will be games, there will be jokes, and there will be a fundamental shift in how you view the American education system. It’ll be fun!




KARI BARCLAY (they/them or he/him) is a director, playwright, and educator working at the intersection of performance and politics. Originally from Lexington, VA and Bethesda, MD, Kari serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater at Oberlin College. Their original play Can I Hold You? was the first full-length piece about asexuality performed in the U.S. and enjoyed a sold-out run in San Francisco and workshop in New York. Their new play Stonewallin’ was the 2021 winner of the Southern Queer Playwriting Festival and opened at Richmond Triangle Players in February 2022. Additionally, Kari is an intimacy director trained with Intimacy Directors International and Theatrical Intimacy Education and is writing a book on consent and sexuality in contemporary theater. PhD Stanford University ’21.

SAM KEBEDE is a first-generation Ethiopian/Eritrean American from southern California. Though he used to be a neuroscientist, he now is an actor/playwright/comedian. TV/Film: Venice International Film Festival, Blue Bloods, New Amsterdam, Full Frontal w/ Samantha Bee, HBO UrbanFilmFest. Theater: The Public, Ars Nova, IRT Theater, Chicago Shakes, B Street Theater, Adirondack Theater Festival. As a writer, he has helped create plays at The Public’s DTWG, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, and had a full production at Victory Garden Theater in Chicago. And as a comedian, he performs all over whether it be a five-minute set at a small bar, or his longer hour-long set titled I’m Ostracized because I’m Ostrich-Sized at venues such as The PIT in NYC or Upstairs at The B in Sacramento. University of Connecticut: MFA Acting, Duke University: BS Neuroscience, BA Theater Studies, Minor Biology