Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents “Stew”

| March 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

Scripps Ranch Theatre continues Season 44 with “Stew” by Zora Howard, a co-production with Common Ground Theatre and directed by Yolanda Franklin. The production runs from Friday, April 5 through Sunday April 21, 2024 on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be preview performances on Friday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. Patrons can purchase Ticketsonline at or contact SRT Patron Services at 858-395-0573.

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 Alyce Smith Cooper 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.”

Yolanda Franklin’s talented production team includes Charmaine Reed, stage manager; Barbara Barber, producing director; John Spafford, set design/builder; Duane McGregor, props design/set dressing; Kate Reynolds, lighting design; and Andrew Buck, sound design.                         

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. To learn more, visit

Cast members include Jamaelya Hines (left) as Lil’ Mama and Danielle Bunch as Lillian. Photo courtesy of Ken Jacques.

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