Photo by Rosemary Dai Ross


By Zora Howard
Directed by Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako


March 15-31, 2024
Run time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission
Location: The Falls Theatre at ACT Contemporary Theatre

Digital Program: Click here to view the digital program book

Sensory Triggers: Haze, strobe, smells of food cooking, and the occasional sudden loud popping sound

Content Warnings: Adult language and subject matter

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“A captivating story that’s intimate, funny, and heartbreaking in equal measure.”

The New Yorker

Mama’s up early to prepare the perfect stew for a very important community meal. As the day rolls on, tempers go from a simmer to a boil, and secrets rise to the surface for three generations of Tucker women. When the violence hovering around the periphery of their lives begins to intrude upon the sanctity of the kitchen, mothers and daughters wrestle with loss and hope in this hilarious, haunting drama.

Check out our interviews with STEW playwright Zora Howard and director Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako!

Photo of Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako

Special Events

Tix for Teachers

Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 7:30pm

ACT offers K-12 educators free tickets to preview performances.

Join Artistic Associate Shana Bestock before the show for a casual reception and information about ACT’s Learning programs. Come build community with other educators, spark arts enrichment ideas for your students, and see fantastic, award-winning, professional theatre!

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Opening Night

Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 7:30pm

Join us free before the show at 6:30 for our Opening Night celebration featuring music, photos, and fun.

ACT Contemporary Theatre celebrates opening night, in collaboration with Northwest Folklife, with preshow entertainment from a vocal trio led by Lady Mercedes & Friends.

For more information on Northwest Folklike, visit

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Community Day

Celebrating Black Women
Sunday, March 17 3:30-5pm
Performance at 2pm
In partnership with Acts on Stage

ASL Interpreters: Jahmeca Osborne and Naomi Blue Nieves Driver

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ASL Interpreted Performance

Saturday, March 30 at 2pm

ASL Interpreters: Malcolm Reed and Jacque Knight

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Audio Described Performance

Saturday, March 30 at 2pm

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