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Chicago's MPAACT troupe to perform in Wells Theater

Barry McNamara
The Afrikan-centered theatre troupe MPAACT will perform “Tad in 5th City” on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Monmouth College’s Wells Theater. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the college’s office of intercultural life.

The play is set in 1978 on the west side of Chicago. According to director Carla Stillwell, “Unlike Los Angeles and New York, the history of my hometown has not reached the world, except for the stories of legendary gangster Al Capone.”

The young men and women who walk through the world of “Tad in 5th City” represent a generation that “watched the genesis of the ghetto sphere evolve.” That evolutionary history is still primarily oral, and Stillwell said the play is part of the process of “documenting the Chicago that shaped our generation.”

MPAACT is a not-for-profit theatre founded in 1990 at the University of Illinois. Throughout its history, MPAACT has built a reputation for innovative excellence through world premiere productions that creatively explore the experiences of Afrikan people. More information about MPAACT is available at