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


adapted by Aaron Todd Douglas
from the novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
at The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
January 14 - February 28, 2016

Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story told through a series of letters between two young lovers caught in trying circumstances. Chicago, Paris and, most importantly, upstate New York serve as backdrops as the letters and our twin narrators mature in this simplistic-looking narrative with huge undercurrents of meaning. Startling and real, Upstate is a riveting emotional exploration of hard decisions and the importance of individual human connections.


Written by Shepsu Aakhu
at The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
April 15 - May 29, 2016

The word FERAL has been tagged on buildings across the city. FX (Francis Xavier), is behind this politically motivated campaign. He is young Black and full to bursting with ideas about himself and the world around him. On a warm night in late July FX and the local police share a moment of violence. The city and country respond...but what about FX, his family, his friends and the complex ideas that he hoped to communicate? In the national conversation "Black Lives Matter", FERAL looks at youth, idealism, and desperation. It all starts with a word spray painted on a wall.