mpaact sUMMER jAMS

All Man is an Island

Monday, August 5 at 6:30pm


A story about a family with a deep secret, a mysterious ancient box filled with magic, and a brother and sister determined to find the truth about who they really are. 

Just Managing

Monday, August 5 at 9:00pm


Born and raised in Chicago, Devonte’s journey into the arts is unique.  This show is an exploration of art and artists

For My Sisters

Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30pm

$15 Adults / $10 Students

A celebration of womxn! Exploring their power, wisdom, bodies, and joy through a night of music, dance, and conversation. Featuring performances from LOUD BODIES, Sarita, and more.

Black Magic

Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00pm


Sasha is young, single, college educated and stressed. When she finally gets an opportunity to move out on her own she takes it only to have her brother, Hakeem, move in while he is waiting to start college and then her fly by night sister, Khadijah, moves in but she just needs a place to stay "for a little while". Three is definitely not company and all Sasha has to keep her sane is a package from her Great Grandmother Tituba, also known as the witch doctor. Will it be her saving grace or her down fall? Only the Black Magic can decide. Written by Jerluane 'Jay' Jenkins.

A Surreal Summer

Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30pm


Description to come.

The Alchemy
of Bliss

Wednesday, August 7 at 9:00pm


Through the spiritual journey of an Indian American woman, Sonal Aggarwal shares her intimate story of fire to water. In continuing to challenge societal construct, she shows audiences her perseverance, emotional insight, and the physical healing to become the bliss we see today. Where else will you see Bollywood & fire dancing, juggling, and stand-up comedy all at once? Only at "The Alchemy of Bliss." Written and performed by Sonal Aggarwal, directed by Jonald Jude Reyes.

Hair Crownicles

Thursday, August 8 at 6:30pm


Hair Crownicles is a story that honors the black woman's hair told through Medina's perspective. HAIR CROWNICLES heals women that have been tortured by hair picks and combs, hurt by heated irons and chemical burns, teased by society. Groove to Medina's symphony of jazz, r&b, and hip hop story in verse. Hair Crownicles captures real moments of a black womans narrative of beauty and acceptance. You can let your hair down or take it off.

laughing with mpaact

Thursday, August 8 at 9:00pm


Description to come.

Lewis and Clark:
Naked and Afraid

Friday, August 9 at 6:30pm


This is a farcical comedy that follows the journey of Lewis and Clark without their guide Sacagawea. Join us in their quest to rediscover themselves and prove their worth in the ultimate survival journey.

I don't Trust it

Saturday, August 10 at 2:30pm


"Trust. Is it a learned behavior? And if so, who's responsible? From the mind of Kristin Ellis comes a meditation on the most sacred and fragile of human needs. The need to trust." 

Young Douglas

Saturday, August 10 at 5:00pm


Young Douglas is a local Chicago Indie rock band. We write and perform our own original music as well as some covers of our favorite songs. The band has just released a new EP available everywhere entitled "WTF IS... Young Douglas". Watch them as they light up the stage with their eclectic music and their energetic performance!

Patricia Ortega Presents: flamenco ensemble

Saturday, August 10 at 7:30pm


The Patricia Ortega Flamenco Ensemble is part Chicago's storied legacy of local flamenco artists. Ortega had brought together international artists who have made Chicago their home to create an exciting and passionate Flamenco show, filled with aire, gracia, and duende. Patricia Ortega (cante/vocals), visiting artist, Tete Del Sur (flamenco guitar), Chiara Mangiameli (baile/dance) and Ronaldo Monge (percussion, baile) perform flamenco that honors the source, and adds a bit of spice from each of their cultures to create a uniquely American expression of Flamenco.

Drag Clopedia

Saturday, August 10 at 10:00pm


2019 is the 50th Anniversary of Pride in the US, as well as the 400th Anniversary of the First Slave Ship in America.  Seems like these two have nothing to do with one another, but, Baby, oppression is a lot more universal than you think. Join D'lisha von Jankynsmurt and friends as we explore the tragically comedic links within our histories and intersectionalities.

improvised classic movies

Sunday, August 11 at 2:30pm


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to witness a never-before-seen, classic Hollywood film manifest itself from the ether in real time, without all the red tape of studio involvement, A-list stars, a budget, or even a script? Well wonder no more! “Improvised Classic Movies” combines all the magic of the silver screen experience with the visceral thrills of a live theatrical performance. Come help this talented cast of actors bring to life a classic movie never seen before and never to be seen again!

Mann Comedy

Sunday, August 11 at 5:00pm


Funny, Fresh, and all MANN, Steven visits his unique take on the world, and ever-changing reality of what it means to be a MANN.

Requiem of a
Jazz Poet

Sunday, August 11 at 7:30pm


An evening of poetry, monologues, and a surprise or two with the Chicago legend.