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The Threepenny Opera

The visionary director and choreographer Martha Clarke brings us a fresh, vibrant production of The Threepenny Opera, the engaging classic musical with music and lyrics by Kurt Weill and book by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Marc Blitzstein. Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, Threepenny follows the charismatic scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19thcentury London. When Macheath marries Polly Peachum, the straight-laced daughter of powerful, miserly merchant JJ. Peachum, their unlikely union unleashes the chaos of manhunts, bribes, and imprisonment. In this “opera for beggars,” an assortment of salacious characters maneuver for advantage, revealing a profoundly corrupt society.

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