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The Threepenny Opera

Directed by Jeff Wienckowski

Book and Lyrics byMusic by
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein

@ Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

January 28 - February 5

THE THREE PENNY OPERA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals:


About the Play

About the
Playwright & Composer

The underworld rises to the surface as the ruthless gangster Mack the Knife climbs over corrupt politicians, crooked cops, and unfaithful lovers on his way to the top. Does he have what it takes to become "too big to fail"? Director Jeffrey Wienckowski sets this production amidst the turmoil of the Great Depression, turning Brecht's epic classic with rollicking music by Kurt Weill into a parable about the sellout of the American Dream.


Bertolt Brecht (Playwright) changed the course of modern theatre more than any playwright since Ibsen. In 1898, Brecht was born into a prosperous family in Augusburg , Bavaria, and studied natural sciences and philosophy at Munich University. His first play Baal was written in 1918 and subsequently wrote thirty-nine others before his death in1956. Forced to flee Germany due to Nazi purges of left-wing writers in 1933, Brecht spent the greater part of his creative life on the run, living briefly in Sweden and Finland and even settling in Santa Monica, California. In 1947, Brecht returned to East Berlin and established The Berliner Ensemble with his wife, Helen Weigel (Mrs. Peachum in the original production of Threepenny). Brecht's influence extends well past his career as a playwright. As a director, Brecht's work with the Berliner Ensemble made it the most influential and important theatre in post-war Europe. As a theoretician, Brecht's theories on the Epic Theatre lead the way to sweeping innovations of theatrical possibilities.

Kurt Weill (Composer) began his career in the early 1920s. After a musical childhood and several years of study in Berlin, he devoted himself to the musical theater. In 1926, Weill married actress Lotte Lenya (Jenny in the original production of Threepenny). His works with Bertolt Brecht (The Threepenny Opera; 1928, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; 1930 and The Seven Deadly Sins; 1933) made him famous all over Europe. He fled the new Nazi leadership in March 1933 and continued his indefatigable efforts, first in Paris (1933-35), then in the U.S. until his death in 1950. He died of heart failure, leaving behind a large catalogue of works and a reputation that continues to grow as more of his music is performed.



The Cast

The Creative Team

- Cate Campbell
Tiger Brown - Mark Christine
Dolly/ Beggar - Sarah Halford
Macheath - Zachary Harrison
Matt - Gabriel Lawrence
Street Singer - Regan Linton
Jake - Matt MacNelly
Mr. Peachum - Zachary Martens
Molly/ Beggar - Katie McGehee
Walt/ Constable - Jack Mikesell
Mrs. Peachum - Jennifer Putney
Lucy Brown - Megan Robinson
Reverend Kimball/
Warden Smith
- Dan Rubiano
Coaxer - Dan Shapiro
Polly - Taylor Shurte
Jenny - Anne Stella
- Maurice Williams
- Bowman Wright
Director - Jeffrey Wienckowski
Music Director - Mark Danisovsky
Production Stage Manager - Evangeline Whitlock
Scenic Designer - Ian Wallace
Costume Designer - Elisa Benzoni
Lighting Designer - Sarah Cogan
Sound Designer - David Corsello
Asst. Director/Dramaturg - Naysan Mojgani
Asst. Music Director - Heidi Wienckowski
Asst. Stage Manager - Leighann Enos
Asst. Stage Manager - Cheng Yu Wei
Asst. Stage Manager - Laura Zingle
Asst. Set Designer - Chris Murillo
Asst. Costume Designer - Orli Nativ
Asst. Costume Designer - Mary Rochon
Production Asst. - Sylvia Trinh



Thu,Jan 27,7:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri,Jan 28,8:00 pm OPENING
Sat,Jan 29,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Jan 29,8:00 pm  
Thu,Feb 3,8:00 pm  
Fri,Feb 4,8:00 pm  
Sat,Feb 5,8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.


Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Production Photos

Photos by Colin McGurk

Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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