Second Look Series

During the second weekend of each production, Brandeis Theater Company invites you to attend our Second Look Series, a post-play discussion designed to bring you closer to one or more aspects of the play and give you the chance to meet the creators of the show.

The Threepenny Opera

Take a Second Look!
Thursday, October 18
immediately following the 8 p.m. performance


The Second Look Series at the Brandeis Theater Company is designed to bring you closer to one aspect of the production.  For The Threepenny Opera, we are pleased to have nationally acclaimed scenic designer Karl Eigsti talk about the process of creating the sets for this production and what influenced his choices and informed the world he created.  An exhibit of Mr. Eigsti's work will be on display in the Dreitzer Gallery in Spingold during the run of the play.   The actors will also join the discussion and you will have the chance to ask questions.

Mr. Eigsti is noted for his scenic design work in the American theater, which spans four decades, and is described in detail in Arnold Aronson’s book American Set Design. The critical biography, which appears in this book, describes Mr. Eigsti's creative work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in the resident professional theater. He has worked with the leading directors in American theater and has produced designs for scores of original productions, including John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, Athol Fugard's Boesman and Lena, and Arthur Miller's The American Clock. Twenty productions on Broadway which include Grease, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Yentl, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat led to a Tony nomination and a Joseph Maharam Award. He has also received the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award and the Helen Hayes Award for his work in the resident professional theater. He has designed at most of the major resident theaters in America, including The Guthrie Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the Long Wharf Theatre, Lincoln Center, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and over 40 productions at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, dating back to 1964. Recently, he designed sets for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Uncle Vanya at Barrington Stage, Bertolt Brecht's A Man's Man at Arena Stage, and for the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of The Taming of the Shrew at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. A retrospective of his theater designs was exhibited at the USITT conference in February of 2002 and is on display during this run of The Threepenny Opera in the Dreitzer Gallery in the Spingold Theater Center.  At that same conference Mr. Eigsti was awarded a USITT Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his design and teaching careers. In 2004, Mr. Eigsti was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

Backstage Broadcast

Click here for the Backstage Broadcast for The Threepenny Opera at the Brandeis Theater Company to hear a behind the scenes story about the show.

The Three Musketeers

Take a Second Look!
Friday, November 16
immediately following the 8 p.m. performance

Join Double Edge Theatre founder and Artistic Director Stacy Klein and ensemble members  from DET in a post-show discussion on Friday, Nov 16 immediately following the 8 pm performance. 

Backstage Broadcast

Click here for the Backstage Broadcast, a downloadable podcast, for a behind the scenes look with Double Edge Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Stacy Klein and lead actor and Producing Director Carlos Uriona.


As You Like It

Take a Second Look!
Thursday, February 14

immediately following the 8 p.m. performance

The Second Look Series at the Brandeis Theater Company is designed to bring you closer to one or more aspects of the play.  On Thursday, February 14, join Professor of English and American Literature William (Billie) Flesch for a post-show discussion about the history, context and themes in 'As You Like It.'  Professor Flesch is a noted Shakespearean scholar and well-loved professor here at Brandeis University.  He received his PhD. from Cornell University and has recently published the book Comeuppance: Altruistic Punishment, Costly Signaling and other Biological Components of Fiction (1st ed. Cambridge: Harvard U.P., 2007).  Other publications include Generosity and the Limits of Authority: Shakespeare (Herbert, 1992).  The actors will join the discussion too.

Backstage Broadcast

Click here to listen to the Backstage Broadcast, a conversation with Ramona Alexander, MFA'08 who plays Rosalind, Shakespeare's greatest heroine.


The Orphan of Zhao

Take a Second Look!
Thursday, April 3
immediately following the 8 p.m. performance

The Second Look Series program for 'The Orphan of Zhao' will he held immediately following the Thursday, April 3, 8 pm performance. Playwright Mia Chung and composer Yu-Hui Chang will talk about the process of creating this new script and score for this production.  The cast and crew will also join us; as always, your questions and observations will be welcome.

Backstage Broadcast

Click here for the Backstage Broadcast at the Brandeis Theater Company, a short interview with directors Eric Hill and Naya Chang. Study Guide
A study guide for The Orphan of Zhao has been created; to download it, click here.