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November 5, 2007

UMBC Departments of Theatre and Music present The Threepenny Opera

Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, Music by Kurt Weill
English Translation by Marc Blitzstein

Directed by Xerxes Mehta

November 28 - December 9, 2007
UMBC Theatre

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Note: You may view or download this release as a pdf file.

The UMBC Departments of Theatre and Music present one of the groundbreaking music-theatre works of the twentieth century, The Threepenny Opera. With music by Kurt Weill and text and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, this cheerfully vicious satire of corruption and greed in the Weimar Republic set box-office records at its original Berlin run (1928–1933), from where it quickly spread to become a popular hit throughout the Western world. Weill’s jazz-inflected score, which includes such now-famous songs as “Mack the Knife,” “Pirate Jenny,” and the “Solomon Song,” deeply influenced both classical and popular music composers and, in effect, expanded the idiom of music-theatre as a form. Threepenny is performed here in the English version by Marc Blitzstein.

The production is directed by Xerxes Mehta, with musical direction by David Smith, sets and costumes by Elena Zlotescu, lighting by Terry Cobb, musical conducting by Jari Villanueva, and choreography by Doug Hamby.

Wednesday, November 28, 8 pm (preview)
Thursday, November 29, 4 pm (free for the UMBC campus community)
Friday, November 30, 8 pm (opening night)
Saturday, December 1, 8
    Talkback immediately following the performance
Friday, December 7, 8 pm
Saturday, December 8, 8 pm
Sunday, December 9, 4 pm

This play contains adult language and content.

$10 general admission; $5 students and seniors; $3 for the preview.
The performance on Thursday, November 29th is free for the UMBC campus community (students, faculty and staff).
Patrons who would like to order tickets in advance using a credit card may order online through MissionTix at or may call 410-752-8950. Patrons who would prefer to pay by cash or check may make a reservation through the online Theatre Box Office at or by calling 410-455-2476.

Public information: (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
Media inquiries only: 410-455-3370

• From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.
• From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the roundabout intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Theatre.
• From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.
• Visitor parking is available in the Commons Garage. Visitor parking regulations are enforced on all University calendar days. Hilltop Circle and all campus roadways require a parking permit unless otherwise marked.
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Posted by tmoore at November 5, 2007 1:46 PM