MPAACT consistently produces a season of outstanding world premiere productions. Through these productions, it exposes audiences to stories seldom told on America's stages. From the story of three immigrant sisters from Ethiopia, to a fifty-somethings musings on life, to the portrait of a young African American man on his first trip to Africa, MPAACT strives to be a company where artists can express and audiences can experience a myriad of realities of Black life.


The Reader 10/24/13

Warm on the Coolin Board
"The city don't want us here," observes Brian, echoing what's perhaps a common sentiment in Roseland, the neighborhood where Shepsu Aakhu's new play is partly set. A parallel story set in the after life suffers from fuzzy plotting, but ultimately offers a powerful articulation of Aakhu's key questions.

- Keith Griffith


The Inside
by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Deidre Searcy
at The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
October 17 - November 30, 2014

The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, all viewed through the prism of this highly original character. By turns amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty. “It was your typical, painfully liberal, pre-professional anti-establishment artistic event”. So recalls Emma, a Black college student who comes to crisis at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes a unique format that blends monologue and ensemble work. Emma speaks directly to the audience, aided by a chorus of actors who serve alternately as an extension of herself, or as voices from her past, her present, and her fantasies.