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“The 39 Steps,” MCTC’s Spring Play

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC spring playMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with Student Life and the Theater Arts department, present the spring play production of The 39 Steps. The play, written by Patrick Barlow, was adapted for the stage from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock classic movie.


The play runs April 8-11 at 7 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance April 11 at 1 p.m.


Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.


MCTC Whitney Arts Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place Minneapolis, MN. Parking is available in the MCTC parking ramp. Information is available at 612-659-6122.

About the play

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with laughs and thrills, over 100 characters, played by a talented cast of 4, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is mysteriously murdered. Soon, a secret, ruthless organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of drama, murder, mystery, suspense thriller, and inventive comic farce,  amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

MCTC Theater Department and Student Life Present Spring Play “Top Girls” April 9–12

Posted on: March 29th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Top Girls spring play posterDirected by John Townsend, veteran Twin Cities theater critic for the Star Tribune and Lavender Magazine, this play by Caryl Churchill makes a powerful statement about the changing role of women in a society that used to be driven entirely by men.

The play is set in the Big 80s. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher have hypnotized the world with the concept of “voodoo economics” in which wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands and the scraps “trickle down” to those lucky enough to be where they may land. It’s a time when many women realize they want “a piece of the pie,” but haven’t yet noticed that the game is rigged. Our protagonist Marlene doesn’t care—she will get to the top of the Top Girls Employment Agency no matter the cost.

Amidst her single-minded efforts to rule her company, ghosts from other centuries and from her own past haunt her. Will she yield to their wisdom or will she continue to play the economic and political game?

  • April 9–12, 7 p.m. Matinee session on April 12 at 1 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College Whitney Fine Arts Theater
  • 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis
  • Free admission. A non-perishable food shelf donation is suggested.
  • Sign language available upon request.

For more information, call 612-659-6122 or 612-200-5542.

It’s Showtime! MCTC Hosts Collage of Spring Shows, Events and Performances

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Spring ShowsFrom fashion and fine arts to welding, this spring MCTC students, faculty, staff and community will demonstrate their skills in a collage of shows, events and performances.

In celebration of MCTC’s Centennial year, each event is held in recognition of the long history MCTC and its predecessor colleges have in Minneapolis. With roots dating back to 1914 when founder Elizabeth Fish established the Vocational School for Girls, MCTC is proud of its thousands of students, employees, alumni and supporters. This spring, we celebrate how far we’ve come in the last 100 years. It’s showtime!

Events this spring include the tenth annual Sustainability Fair; our Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo; the Theater department’s spring play Top Girls; a health fair; student and faculty concerts and recitals; and, of course, our award-winning portfolio shows in Apparel, Graphic arts and Photography and Digital Imaging. A comprehensive calendar of events with links for more information can be found here.

MCTC Theater Arts Students Present “A Soldier’s Play”

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Poster: A Soldier's PlayMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), in association with MCTC Student Life, present their winter play production of A Soldier’s Play. The World War I-era story written by Charles Fuller and directed by Kevin West highlights the tense racial divide in the U.S. in the 1940s against the backdrop of a murder mystery.


The play runs February 5–8 at 7 p.m. There is an additional matinee performance Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. Sign language interpretation is available upon request.


Admission is free! Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.


MCTC Whitney Fine Arts Theater
1424 Yale Place
Information available at (612) 659-6122

About the Play

The award-winning Soldier’s Play takes place near the end of World War I in the Deep South. A black officer is sent to investigate the murder of a black sergeant. The crime scene: a black regiment with white officers in Jim Crow country. Far from home and farther yet from justice, the young officer—already facing virtually insurmountable odds—is up against a deadline of three days to learn the truth about the murder. This tense, dangerous assignment will reveal much about the brutal racism of the 1940s, and equally as much about the racism of our time.

Theatre on the Park presents “Lysistrata”

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by insidemctc 3 Comments

Oct. 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.
Whitney Fine Arts Center, 1424 Yale Place

Information: 612-659-6118

Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Emergency Foodshelf Network of Hennepin County.

“Lysistrata” was written by one of the greatest comic dramatists of all times, the Greek genius Aristophanes. The play’s action centers around a group of women who are sick and tired of their men fighting war after war: they resent, in a word, what the wars do to their home life and the life of the state. So the women hit on a plan that, if successful, will keep their men at home instead of on the battlefield. The sisters’ plan is ingenious, hilarious, daring and sexy.

MCTC’s production will be directed by Obie Award-winning director Maxine Klein. Scenic and Lighting Designer for Lysistrata is by Kathy A. Stewart with costumes designed by Barbara Portinga. The production will be stage managed by MCTC alumnus Justin Kirkeberg with Michael Robertson producing the show. The cast features 16 MCTC and Metropolitan State University students including Mary Van Briesen, Jane Reese, Drew Malcom, Laura Ann Lewis, Aysha Karagoez, Pepper Branster, Shannon Maria Houska, William Anderson, Isaac Bradley, Charles Coleman, Abraham Winter, Carlos Vera, Steven Flamm, Lijesh Krishnan, and J.D. Swanson. Both Elizabeth Streiff and Kathrine Preble are community/volunteer actors for the show.