The Threepenny Opera

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 Threepenny Opera
Music by Kurt Weill
Book by Bertolt Brecht
English adaptation by Marc Bliztstein
October 11-21, 2007 Laurie Theater
Directed by Eric Hill Musical director Steven Bergman
Choreography by Avital Asuleen, B.A. ‘06
Scenic design by Karl Eigsti, faculty member
Costume design by AmEla Baksic, M.F.A. ‘95
Lighting design by Michael Chybowski, faculty member

Marc Blitzstein’s translation of Kurt Weill’s and Brecht’s dark masterpiece premiered at Brandeis 55 years ago featuring Lotte Lenya and Jo Sullivan in the cast and went on to establish the show as a regular on American stages.  To celebrate this anniversary and legacy, we salute the past with an intimate production of this now classic musical based on John Gay’s 1728 Beggar’s Opera.  Highly acclaimed scenic designer (and Brandeis faculty member) Karl Eigsti leads the design team that includes Brandeis students, faculty and alumnae.  

“As a theater work, The Threepenny Opera is a triumph of style.”
            Brooks Atkinson at the opening in New York

Made possible through generous support from the Robin, Barbara and Malcolm L. Sherman Endowment for the Performing Arts.

Performance Schedule and Prices

Thursday Preview at 8 p.m. - $16
Friday Opening at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $18
Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
2nd Thursday at 8 p.m. - $18*
2nd Friday at 8 p.m. - $20
2nd Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $18
2nd Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $20

*Take a Second Look!

Thursday, Oct. 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.