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


by Shepsu Aakhu
Directed by Lauren Wells
at The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
January 13 - February 26 2017

Chicago has been rocked by a terror attack. In a downtown subway an immigrant teenage boy (Omar) with a backpack has been recorded entering the train just moments before the attack. As the government scrambles to respond... everyone connected to that youth comes under suspicion. By Association follows Abdi, a first generation African- American teen, who because of his relationship with Omar is now the subject of a federal manhunt. His parents, one from America and the other from Ethiopia, must decide what to do to protect their child. ...Is he a terrorist, or simply guilty By ASSOCIATION?


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