April 2024FEATURE

Scripps Ranch Theatre and Common Ground Theatre Present “STEW” by Zora Howard


Scripps Ranch Theatre is excited to share STEW by Zora Howard, a co-production with Common Ground Theatre and directed by Yolanda Franklin. The production runs April 5-21, on the campus of Alliant International University.

Mama is up early to prepare an important meal and, even with her family on hand to help, time is running short. Tensions simmer with three generations of Tucker women under one roof, but things come to a boil as the violence hovering around the periphery of their lives begins to intrude. The kitchen becomes a microcosm of the family, a protection from outside traumas with the making of the stew a challenging task (it gets ruined twice) and a group activity needed to keep the family together. The talented San Diego cast includes Marti Gobel as Mama, Danielle Bunch as Lillian, Jamaelya Hines as Lil’ Mama and Jodi Marks as Nelly.

Yolanda Marie Franklin, Executive Artistic Director of Common Ground Theatre and Director of Stew shared, “I am so looking forward to partnering with Scripps Ranch Theatre to share the beautiful story STEW (2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist) by Zora Howard with San Diego. Like the three generations of black women in STEW, food and community play a big role in my life and are an inherent part of the Black Family Experience. When things go wrong in your life, you can always go home and share a meal. Food heals. Life will happen and no matter how it ends, family can always come together, sit down at the table and try to figure it out. That experience and focus on family is front and center in STEW, and is a theme that is accessible to everyone. At Common Ground Theatre, we want people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to participate, interact and connect. It is a goal we share with Scripps Ranch Theatre. STEW examines a multi generational family doing just that. Come on into our kitchen and find out what happens when family secrets bubble to the top.”

Helmed by Artistic Director, Yolanda Marie Franklin, Common Ground Theatre’s mission is to produce classics and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate, and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is a professional theatre company located on the campus of Alliant International University and is celebrating its 44th Season. Helmed by Artistic Director, Jill Drexler, Scripps Ranch Theatre produces a mainstage season in their intimate 118 seat space. SRT strives to share stories that engage the heart and mind.

Performances run April 5-21, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There are two added matinee performances on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. Note that there is strong language in this show. Purchase Tickets online at https://scrippsranchtheatre.org.


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