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


Softly Blue
by Shepsu Aakhu
at The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
January 30 - March 15, 2015

How do two people ever find each other in twenty first century America? And when they do find each other how do they ever get to know each other? Our society is full of illusion, isolation, and overt deception. Can you trust the people that you invite into your life? Can you trust your own judgment when it comes to finding companionship? These are the questions that haunt Dakota and Sloan. Two characters desperate for companionship, and equally desperate to guard their own dark secrets. In Softly Blue we witness the delicate truce that exists in managing that which we want know, and that which we prefer to be illusion.


The Divine Order of Becoming
Written and directed by Carla Stillwell
at The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
April 24 - June 7, 2015

In the darkest moment of her life, Erica is suddenly overtaken by a deluge of memories of her life with her mother Eva. In The Divine Order of Becoming we watch the relationship of mother and daughter unfold with joy and angst-fear and forgivenes...and Erica ultimately realizing her mother's strength and humanity.