Metropolitan State presents “The Whale” Oct. 14, 15 and 17

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The Whale, a play by Samuel D. Hunter and directed by Metropolitan State senior theater student Steven Modena, is 7 p.m. Oct. 14, 15 and 17 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Oct. 17. Performances are at the Stagedoor Theater, located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center at MCTC. The play is produced by Metropolitan State’s Theater Underground and the theater program.

On the outskirts of Mormon County, Idaho, a 600 pound recluse hides in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

Director Steven Modena said, “I was immediately drawn in by the emotional power of the story. While the main character struggles with being morbidly obese, this story is not about that at its core. It’s about regret. It’s about heartbreak. The things we wish we would have said. It tackles so many vital themes and it does so with this rich blend of comedy and tragedy. Religion, LGBTQ issues, self-destruction and redemption are just a few of the themes explored in the play. The Whale is a unique piece of theater.”

Tickets are $10 general admission and free for Metropolitan State students. Suggested for mature audiences. Call 612-659-7222 to reserve tickets. For accommodations, contact Disability Services at 651-793-1549 or e-mail