We are Stone Soup are so in love with our cast members for RUN CHRIS RUN!    We want you to love them, too.  We're pleased to introduce you to different cast members as we get closer to the premier.  Today?  Meet Tiffany Oglesby, aka Mama Mary!

Tiffany Oglesby


Where are you from? 
Atlanta, Georgia

What brings you to Chicago? 
I was accepted in the graduate program at The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2011. (Just graduated this past June)

What is the first stage production you remember seeing? 
I was in 8th grade and saw Cinderella. I knew then that I wanted to be an actor.  

Tell us a little about your character. 
Mary is the step mother of Chris. She accepts Chris into her life and loves him as her own, even after it seems the world (and his biological parents) has given up on him. She’s stern but with loving heart. 

What draws you/drew you to this production? What about the show resonates with you? I’ve always been drawn to theatre that draws attention to current issues and aims to educated and uplift. I believe this production does just that. 

How do you feel the show is relevant to current events in Chicago and the US?
There isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t hear about a tragic incident involving Chicago’s black and brown youth. This show reflects how easy it is to make the wrong decision but how rewarding it is to make a difference when you have people that care for you. 

As the audience leaves the show, what do you want them to take away from it? (Same answer as above)

What is your favorite role you've ever played? 
Alma from “Yellowman” by Dael Orlandersmith. 

Favorite quote/piece of advice? 
“Never lose the essence of who you are.”

When you're not on stage, what are you doing? 
Working at a daycare center, cooking, or watching The Game of Thrones. 

Who has helped shape your life most? Who do you most admire?
My mother. Very strong woman. I hope to be half the woman she is. She’s my rock, keeps me sane. 

Favorite actor/musician/artist?
Viola Davis, Usher, Beyonce, Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Run Chris Run premiers October 3rd and run until November 8th.  Tickets are on sale at https://www.artful.ly/stonesouptheatreproject.  See you there!