February 8 – March 1, 2009
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Today critically acclaimed and nationally produced playwright Lydia R. Diamond is known for The Bluest Eye, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, and the recent Harriet Jacobs. Back in 1998, MPAACT had the honor of producing her play The Inside.
In Stage Black a well-respected but under-produced African-American playwright, attempts to write the "perfect producible black play". As the writer attempts to script the black play that falls within the comfort zones of white and black audiences, her subconscious leaps to the fore and her characters rebel. The rest... well, you'll just have to see it to believe it.
Written by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Mignon McPherson Nance
Thursdays & Fridays @ 8:30pm
Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 3:30pm
The Greenhouse Theatre - 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, ILBuy Tickets
April 17 – May 31, 2009
Shirley Carney's stories reflect the subtle complexities and contradictions of American life as seen through the eyes of a black woman negotiating our world for the past six decades. Hers is a unique voice which translates beautifully to the stage, bringing with it a maturity and insight "to the business of living" rarely seen on the American stage.
Adapted by award-winning writer and MPAACT Artistic Associate Shepsu Aakhu, Radical Hearsay continues the tradition started with Relevant Hearsay... stories from 57. Drawn from the stories of a woman born in rural Mississippi during the rise of the Civil Rights era, transplanted to Chicago during the civil unrest of the mid-sixties, raising her family during the "affirmative action" seventies and the "me generation" eighties, Radical Hearsay is not so much a staging as it is a sharing of that which should be spoken, and that which needs to be heard.
Written by Shirley Carney
Adapted by Shepsu Aakhu
Directed by Kimberly Crutcher
Thursdays & Fridays @ 8:30
Saturdays @ 7:30
Sundays @ 3:30
Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Box Office: 773/404-7336
September 25 – November 22, 2009
Written by: Shepsu Aakhu
Directed by: Mignon McPherson Nance
On the heels of the government’s apology to African-Americans for slavery, the Reparations Movement was born. The movement was successful, checks were written to the descendants of slaves and the seeds for a new America were sown.
Ten Square is one of the cities that emerged in "New America" and the life of the African-American community has been forever altered. We watch Roosevelt, a soldier duty bound to protect the new world order and a resident of Ten Square, negotiate his obligations to his lover, his family and his government.