Dobama Holds Regional Premiere of Play About Three Generations of Black Women

Fri 1/27-Sun 2/19

Preview Thu 1/26

Harlem-based writer/director/actor Zora Howard’s play Stew debuted Off-Broadway in 2020 and was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for drama. While this is her first play, it’s clear the young writer (she’s about 30) is on her way to a thriving career in theater.

In this play, four generations of Black women — grandmother, two daughters and the daughter of one of the daughters — are gathered in the older woman’s kitchen to prepare the titular dish for a church gathering. Things are light-hearted at first but gradually throughout their time in the kitchen more troubling bits of family history come to light. It’s a standard format for a stage play but when done well — and the reviews have been favorable — it packs a punch.

Now Dobama Theatre, which calls itself “Cleveland’s Off-Broadway Theatre,” is (appropriately) presenting the regional premiere of the ply, directed by prominent local theater star Nina Domingue, like Stew’s author an actor, director and playwright.

Stew runs Friday January 27-Sunday February 19 with a preview performance Thursday January 26. For tickets & information go to

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