Subscription Concert — September 24, 2016
Concert at 7:30 p.m. (special time)
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.
College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
- Weill & Brecht: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
in English, with supertitles
directed by Phil Lowery
Jimmy MacIntyre: Stephen Guggenheim
Jenny Smith: Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai
Leocadja Begbick: Susan Gundunas
Trinity Moses: Ben Brady
Fatty the Bookkeeper: Michael Mohammed
Alaska Wolf Joe: Cliff Romig
Bank Account Billy: Samuel Rabinowitz
Jack O'Brien: John Owens
The young Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht first teamed up for the hit musical, The Threepenny Opera, from which the classic song Mack the Knife comes. Their next work was this gritty three-act opera about a gangster-run town in the American Wild West where the only capital crime is not being able to pay your bills. It's both a satire of opera and a parable about Marxist's capitalism. It even may have something to say about the political circus that's swirling around us this fall.
Despite a successful premiere, so many subsequent performances were disrupted by Hitler's brown shirts that the production closed and its authors had to flee Germany. Since then, the work has achieved cult-like status and a reputation for being difficult to stage. We are pleased to welcome back our Sweeney Todd director, Phil Lowery, for this semi-staged production in English with supertitles.
Kujawsky writes "I first encountered this incredibly emotional work as an MFA conducting student at UCLA. The music department did the West Coast premiere of Mahagonny in a new English translation in the early 1980s. I played violin in the pit orchestra and fell in love with the piece. Redwood's upcoming performance is the fullfilment of a long-cherished dream!"
Because of the opera's mature theme and some sexual content, parents should use discretion for children under 12. Also be sure to note the early start time of 7:30 p.m. Kujawsky’s pre-concert lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Read the program notes here.
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Student (18 and older, with ID): $10
Children (17 and under, with a ticketed Adult or Senior): Free
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$25 adult ($30 at door)
$20 senior ($25 at door)
Redwood Advantage: 17 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult or senior!
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