Was It Me?
by Andrea J. Fulton

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Was It Me by Andrea J. Fulton, follows Margo, 49, as she navigates the after effects of childhood trauma. On the eve of her 50th birthday, a reunion of childhood friends unlocks fragments of uncomfortable memories. What revelations await Margo by the night’s end? This excerpt is from the larger play that underscores the significance of embracing mental health wellness in the Black community, lifting the veil of stigma associated with “getting help”.   

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Nia Vines (she/her) Director 

Nia Vines is an Columbus, Ohio born Actor & Director. She moved to Chicago to pursue her passions and attended Columbia College Chicago to study Musical Theatre & Film, where she was able to expand her artistic wings both on and off stage.  Performing in many productions such as: Two Chairs & a lightbulb, The 90’s Show, Paint it Black, and Independent Films such as Honcho, Spokes, Black Magic & Restoration to name a few. Nia has taken on new ventures after becoming Assistant Director for “Red Carnation” at the Chicago Actors Studio and is now directing for stage & film, also writing short films. 

Nia’s goal is to move people with her art through storytelling. 

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Whitney Pipes (she/her) (as Margo) WHITNEY PIPES is a Chicago Actress, Director, and Filmmaker. She is extremely excited to be a part of this amazing Theatre Festival. She’s currently taking classes at Sarantos Studios for Acting. Her recent theatre credits include: Sunday Evening (Rose Valley Theatre), Porch Play (Theatre Momentum), and Rezoned (Corn Productions).

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Donn Carl Harper (he/him) (as Gabe) Donn Carl Harper is a veteran Actor, Director' and Producer. He has appeared in several feature films such as "Monkey Hustle", "Touch and Go", "On The Right Track", "Bad Boys", "Original Stereotype", "Wedding Bell Blues" and more recently "Soul Food", "Mimic II" and "Vacant Lot". Donn's television credits include NBC's Emmy wining "Fast Break to Glory" and recurring roles in NBC'S "Chicago Story" "City Guys" "Chicago PD" and ABC'S "The American Dream","Happy Endings" Fox's "Prison Break" and on the Soaps ABC's "General Hospital" and NBC'S "Passions" and several national commercials. Donn has performed  memorable theatrical characters at Zebra Crossing, Steppenwolf Theater, Black Ensemble Theater,Victory Gardens, Organic Theater  ETA Creative Arts Foundation, , he was nominated for a BTA Award {Black Theater Alliance} for best supporting actor in "Stoops" and "Comfort Stew"). As a Director Harper's credits include ETA's "Going To The Club" and " Boppin' With The Ancestors" to name a few. He has produced and directed several stage productions Under his production Company "JuJu Sauce Productions "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf", "A Soldier's Play" and "Black Coffee". Donn made his film director's debut with the feature length movie "I Dance In Jasmine" He currently can be seen in "Southside with you"...story of Obama's first date.

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Brandon Etheridge (he/him) (as Eddie)Brandon Etheridge first walked on the stage at the Chicago State University Theater, as the Tin Man in
The Wiz, and he has had a passion for acting ever since. Additionally, Brandon has trained at The Second City Training Center, in Chicago. Brandon has worked on a host of independent films, such as Sugah
Spice, The Leijend, and The County. When Brandon isn’t on stage, he enjoys cycling, reading, and spending time outdoors.