Love and Nappiness 

by Kirsten Baity

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It’s a couple things that we can’t control: who we love and the way the hair grows from our heads. When Emma decides to bring her natural -haired Black girlfriend Meraki to the salon with her as a bonding exercise, it quickly evolves into an exercise in dealing with micro-aggressions and the intricacies of interracial love.

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Kwame David Lilly-Director

A'Keisha Lee  (as Meraki) A'Keisha is native to the greater Chicago land area. A'Keisha is making her Perception Theatre debut in 'Love and Nappiness.' A'Keisha has embraced the need to adapt art during the Covid-19 pandemic and has participated in virtual plays before. Her recent credits include Sisyphus & Prometheus and Taming of Shrew.  Her favorite part of Perceptions Theatre is their commitment to telling diverse stories and creating accessible projects for the community. 

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Beth Hendrickson (as Emma) received formal acting training from Michigan State University where she earned her BFA in Acting, with Honors, in the spring of 2019. Since then she has worked as both a professional actor and costume designer in summer theatres, student films, and improv-based dinner theater. In some such productions, Beth has played period roles like Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest as well as Sam in the contemporary pitch-black comedy How to Make Friends and Kill Them. Beth has international credits as well. She was invited to attend and perform in the 2nd International Theatre Festival at the American University of Sharjah her senior year at university. Also present were a select handful of prominent global theatre professionals such as Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, Carlos Uriona of Double-Edge Theatre. and Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic, a performing artist, theatre director, and choreographer. Proficient in French, Beth has lived in France and travelled through some of Europe. As much as she loves to travel, for Beth, nothing quite matches the places theatre can take you. She is therefore thrilled to be a part of this production, and to play a role in the conversations of these notable times.

Tori Wynn (as Clair) (she/her) Tori is a Chicago based actor and writer. She has a degree in Acting from Christopher Newport University and has completed Second City’s Comedy Studies and Conservatory programs. Tori is an ensemble member at The Revival Theater, and has performed at The Annoyance Theater, Second City, formerly The iO Theater, and Stage 773. This is Tori’s first project with Perceptions
Theatre and she’s so excited to help bring this amazing work to life. Tori is represented by Promote Talent.