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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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A modern musical crafted by MPAACT co-founders Shepsu Aakhu and Shawn Wallace, along with Andrew White, a co-founder of Lookingglass Theatre Company… Red Summer is a large canvas upon which is painted an epic moment in Chicago History. 

Set during riots of 1919, our story centers on two soldiers—one black, one white—who return from the battlefields of Europe only to find themselves caught in the violence of a city that is struggling to accommodate the Great Migration, a global pandemic, the return of war veterans, a downturn in the economy, and long-standing ethnic tensions. Having fought on the same side in “The Great War,” they are now pitted against each other as their friends, family, and neighbors wage block-by-block warfare, and the city’s ethnic enclaves rage and burn.

Upcoming Play Release

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What if you ran into an old flame 20 years after a  difficult break-up? What if the spark was still there?  What if you were both unavailable? What if that didn’t matter? 

Written by Shepsu Aakhu
Directed by Lauren “LL” Lundy

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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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