THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Executive Artistic Director, Crystal Field
“WAS IT ME?!?” BY ANDREA J. FULTON
Based on actual experiences, “WAS IT ME?!?” seeks to underscore the significance of embracing mental health wellness in the Black community, lifting the veil of stigma associated with “getting help”.
SYNOPSIS: On the eve of her 50th birthday, Margo begins connecting dots regarding an incident she unknowingly suppressed 40 years ago. Will this discovery unlock the doors that have kept her from reaching her goals? Or wreak further havoc on her fragile emotions? She reaches out to Dr. Chang, a therapist from her past, who just might have the answers.
“WAS IT ME?!?” will enjoy its world premiere as a “me too” story from the perspective of a Black girl who has grown up in a Chicago suburb and seeks to make her way in life after thriving intellectually but being challenged emotionally. Loosely based on the playwright’s actual personal experiences, through both poignancy and humor, it underscores the significance of embracing mental health wellness in the Black community via the character of “Margo” as we follow her from her childhood gifted programs juxtaposed with her teen brother, Young Gabe’s more “seasoned” way of life assenting to their middle age where Gabe seeks to shelter her but wonders if he is too late. The therapist she consults in college and revisits later in life, Dr. Chang, may have the answers she needs. Along the way, among dealings with Young and older Gabe’s friends, we ponder whose responsibility it is to protect females and whose fault it is when they are disrespected and devalued. How does one stand and recover? Is it internal or external? Physiological, sociological, economic, familial, spiritual or all that?
Playwright Andrea J. Fulton offers lots of philosophical topics in which to marvel and reflect upon including the paradoxes of age old yet brand new challenges among gender and cultural anomalies that manage to prove themselves unique and simultaneously familiar to many in various walks of life who may find ways to connect to elements of this story. Church goers may appreciate its acknowledgment of the historic importance of church in the Black community as a real and viable source of strength and spiritual fortitude.
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 45 minutes including a 10 minute intermission
Journalists, bloggers and critics are welcome on or after September 17, 2021
Press contact: Cherine Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
WAS IT ME Press Release 091321
WHERE AND WHEN:
September 16 through October 3, 2021
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (Between 9th & 10th Streets)
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$18 general admission; $15 for Seniors, Students & Groups of 10 or more for performances
September 17th to October 3rd.
Box office: (212) 254 -1109
Thanks to a grant from the City Artist Corps, the 9/16 performance will be free. Tickets for the September 16th free performance must be reserved via above link or: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35441/performance/10827071
Produced by Theater for the New City & Anderson and Bert Cade Fulton Foundation
Directed by Kymbali Craig
Stage Manager – Melissa Diaz
Set Design – Lytza Colon
Costume Design – Kathy Roberson
Light Design & Sound Design – Ken Coughlin
Talk Backs will occur after the show on Friday, 9/17, Saturday, 9/18, Friday, 10/1 & Saturday, 10/2
Lianne Awah as Young Margo
Kymbali Craig as Margo
Lai Yee Fung as Dr. Chang
Matthew Harling as Young Gabe
Arnold C. Baker II, as Gabe
Riyadh Rollins as Young Eddie
Antwain Lewis as Eddie
COVID Protocol and Etiquette:
As of August 17 2021, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.
Proof of vaccination may include the NYC Vaccination Record, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App.
All patrons must be vaccinated in order to see shows. Please provide proof before purchasing tickets.
Everyone must wear a face mask for entry into the theater or when moving around.