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MCTC Theater Arts Presents Spring Play

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, MCTC spring playMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with its Student Life and the Theater Arts departments, presents the spring play production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, written by August Wilson and directed by Kevin D. West.


The play runs April 6–9 at 7 p.m. There is an additional matinee performance Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. Sign language interpretation will be provided at the Thursday, April 7 performance.


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


MCTC Whitney Fine Arts Theater
1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis, MN.
Information available at 612-659-6122.

About the Play

Chicago, 1927. In a recording studio on the city’s South Side, a battle of wills is raging. Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, uses every trick in the book to fight her white record producers for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill treatment and bad deals, she’s determined that “Black Bottom,” the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way. But Levee, the band’s swaggering young trumpet player, plans to catapult the band into the jazz age. His ambition puts them all in danger. Conflicts boil over in a dramatic, violent conclusion. Inspired by the real-life Blues legend and infused with her music, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson’s play speaks powerfully of a struggle for self-determination against overwhelming odds.

“A masterpiece. Breathtaking.” -The Sunday Times

“Brilliant ... explosive! Dramatically riveting.” -Newhouse Newspapers

“Searing, funny, salty, and lyrical” -The New York Times