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MPAACT is a multidisciplinary theatre arts organization dedicated to producing original works by the nation's finest theatre artisits. Based in Chicago since 1991, MPAACT has built a reputation for innovation and excellence by solely producing world premiere productions which utilize language, music, and movement in a manner that captivates both the critical and commercial audience. The style of production has been labeled Afrikan Centered Theatre.

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 Written by: Shepsu Aakhu               Directed by: David Goodloe & Lauren Wells-Mann 

Upcoming Play Release

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At fifty years of age Shirley Carney began to write short stories. Her stories reflect the journey of a black woman nearing a half century of living. Ms. Carney’s voice is distinctive and her characters capture the complexity of her varied experiences. She was born in rural Mississippi, transplanted to Chicago by her teens, served in the Navy during the Vietnam era, and became an unwed mother, all before her 21st birthday. Now living in Texas she continues to straddle the fence between urban sensibilities and rural practicality. She says of her stories; Some are true. Some mostly true. Some “Dragnet”. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Written by Shepsu Aakhu

Adapted from the Works of Shirley Carney

*Streaming access available May 11, 2021 at mpaactplays.com*


With the spread of Covid19 - the arts are struggling more than ever before, and in these uncertain times, MPAACT needs your help to keep the lights on for our 30th season. We want to be able to continue to bring our community the art that keeps us going and the stories that keep us sane in a scary time. But we're still here and we're committed to staying. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe to help that commitment become a reality!

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Phone: 661.373.3089


Email: information@mpaact.org

Mail: PO Box 10039

Chicago, IL

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