Pierrot Productions to Present "3 Penny"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre May 2-11


"The Threepenny Opera," a ground-breaking work of musical theater by playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, will be presented by Pierrot Productions at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Considered one of the boldest musicals of the Twentieth Century, the show will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, May 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728) and first performed in Berlin in 1928, this dark comedy is infused with a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin cabarets. Turning notions of the good life upside down, "Threepenny" focuses on the lives of the lower classes in Victorian London. The protagonist is Macheath, a notorious, amoral antihero. His secret marriage to Polly Peachum in the first act complicates his life in unforeseen ways. The union upsets Polly's father, Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, who controls the beggars of London. Peachum initiates a campaign against Macheath, hoping to see him hanged for his various crimes. Peachum's efforts are hindered, however, by Macheath's long-time friendship with the chief of police, Tiger Brown. Determined to prevail, Peachum continues to press the authorities until Macheath is eventually arrested and sentenced to hang. But Macheath's connections run deep. Will yet others intervene to save his neck? Just who are the heroes and the villains in this dark, farcical vision of society?

"Threepenny Opera" has been recreated in numerous noteworthy productions including the recent award-winning 2006 Roundabout Theatre production in New York City. The powerful, highly acclaimed musical score features the show's opening blockbuster number, "Ballad of Mack the Knife," which has been performed by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong.

The "Threepenny" cast features Tom Orr as Macheath, Liz Rzasa as Polly, Cecelia Tepping as Mrs. Peachum, Cathy Liebars as Jenny, Melissa Rittmann as Lucy, Lee Benson as Tiger Brown, and Tom Chiola as the ubiquitous Street Singer. The production is directed by Pete LaBriola, with musical direction by Pam Sharples and Lou Woodruff, and choreography by Kat Ross.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure. To request a brochure by mail, email your request here.

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Tom Orr is Macheath
Elizabeth Rzasa is Polly.
Melissa Rittmann is Lucy.
Cecelia Tepping is Mrs. Peachum.
Kathy Liebars is Jenny.

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