Seasonal Event

“The Threepenny Opera”

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill ’s masterpiece, “The Threepenny Opera,” on November 14-16 and November 21-23 at 7 p.m. and November 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. in the Main Theatre, Wright Hall.

The musical features book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht and music by Kurt Weill in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann which is based on “The Beggar’s Opera” by John Gay. The production uses an English translation with dialogue by Robert MacDonald and English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams. The musical is co-directed by Peter Lichtenfels and Regina Maria Gutierrez Bermudez with music direction by Granada Artist-in-Residence and Broadway veteran Jeffrey Saver. 

A gripping, macabre masterpiece, “The Threepenny Opera” is a criticism of capitalism and middle class morality set in a world of corrupt money and unpunished evil. It is one of the most produced works of music theater worldwide. Weill’s celebrated score parodies operatic conventions and embraces the musical styles of jazz, period dance music, and cabaret. 

An iconic 20th century musical, “The Threepenny Opera” is a story of love and sexual intrigue written by Brecht, a key leftwing playwright, with music by his brilliant collaborator Weill. The musical introduced the famous song “Mack the Knife,” and the infamous and threatening character of Macheath. It was originally written at a time when they didn’t know what the future was, and they had no past. The play poses the contemporary question “What is it like when life has no certainty?” How can they sustain a deviant high. 

General admission tickets are $18.50, faculty/staff tickets are $17, and student/senior tickets are $12. Tickets may be purchased at the UC Davis Ticket Office, located on the north side of Aggie Stadium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone (530) 752-2471 during the same hours, or online at theatredance.ucdavis.edu.

For information about future performances at the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Theatre and Dance, visit theatredance.ucdavis.edu.

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