3Peat

Beginning with a single suggested word from the audience, the 3Peat improv troupe rolled out a series of hilarious scenes for students in King Theatre. Five members of 3Peat, an acclaimed part of Chicago’s vibrant improv comedy scene, came to Milton as Melissa Gold Visiting Artists. They performed for and with students, held a master class in the basics of improv, and visited several classes, including improvisation and public speaking. 3Peat, which plays every Monday at Chicago’s legendary iO Theater, formed in 2012. The performers, who are all black, were friends and improv teachers involved in Chicago comedy but felt pressured to compete with one another for a limited number of parts in theater and television, which inspired them to form 3Peat.

“The student performers were way ahead of where I was expecting them to be. They didn’t hesitate to get up and participate. As a group, we don’t judge one another. It’s a space where you can feel safe to be silly and just have fun.”
— Torian Miller

The Food Issue

In this issue we celebrate the world of food. In putting it together, we visited alumni at farms as close as Mattapan and as far away as Downeast Maine. We spoke to chefs who’ve chosen diverse culinary paths and to alumni who, during challenging times, created a platform for sharing recipes and memories that are keeping them closer together. These stories help remind us that food nourishes not only the body but also the soul, keeping friends and families close. As the renowned food writer MFK Fisher wrote: “I think our three basic needs for food and security and love are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.” The stories and individuals featured in this issue echo that sentiment.