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“THE GRANDDADDY OF ALL THE SINGING, STINGING PORTRAITS OF FAT SOCIETIES ON THEIR EVES OF DESTRUCTION.”
- The New York Times
THE THREEPENNY OPERA
books and lyrics by BERTOLT BRECHT
music by KURT WEILL
English adaptation by MARC BLITZSTEIN
directed and choreographed by MARTHA CLARKE
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Inspired by the art, style and sensuality of Weimar Berlin, legendary director and choreographer Martha Clarke joins forces with the Atlantic to breathe new life into the original Marc Blitzstein translation, which premiered in 1954 at the Theatre de Lys, now the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Threepenny follows the charismatic scoundrel Macheath and his exploits in 19th century London. In this “opera for beggars,” an assortment of characters maneuver for advantage, revealing a profoundly corrupt society and asking the question: Must one be a criminal to survive in this world?
Contains Nudity and Adult Situations.
Running Time: TBA, no intermission
THE THREEPENNY OPERA is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM (Mr. Peachum) returns to Atlantic after starring in the world premieres of Ethan Coen’s Almost An Evening and Offices. NYC debut, Macy’s Santa: plays from the Greeks to Shakespeare to experimental work with Chaiken, Forman, Bausch, Serban, Time and Space. Recent films, “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Television: “Homeland,” “The Good Wife,” “Louis CK.” Awards: Golden Globe, Academy Award, two Obie Awards, Gielgud Award and the Moscow Art Theatre Medal of Excellence presented to him on Stanislavski’s 150th birthday; book on MIdsummer NIght’s Dream (Faber&Faber); narrator for PBS Series, Nature. He was a featured soloist with the Prague orchestra last season and will soon appear with The Pittsburgh Symphony at Carnegie Hall. Thanks Janet Goldbaum and Elena Gorokhova.
SOPHIE BORTOLUSSI (Ensemble, Dance Captain) Theatre: The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (National Theater, London), Lady Macbeth in Sleep No More (NYC), Virginia Poe in Red-Eye to Havre de Grace (Philadelphia, Boston). Other theatre: Kaos (NYTW) Dance: Eve: Garden of Earthly Delights (Minetta Lane Theatre). Other dance: Angel Reapers (Joyce Theatre/ National tour), Friction (Dance Theatre Workshop), Nu Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Drastic Action, AMDaT. Director: The Day Shall Declare It (London) TV: guest appearance “Gossip Girl.” Awards: 2013 UK Broadway World Award nomination for “Best leading actress in a new production of a play.” 2011 World Falstaff Award, Best Principal Performance, Lady Macbeth, Sleep No More
JON DAVID CASEY (Ensemble). Theater: Zerlina’s Tale with Elizabeth Ashley (Hartford Stage) director Michael Wilson; King Lear (Center Stage), director Irene Lewis, A Perfect Wedding (Kirk Douglas Theater) director Gordon Davidson; The Lion in Winter (Cleveland Playhouse) director Jack Hofsiss; Peach Blossom Fan (REDCAT) director Chen Shi-Zheng; Danton’s Death (Alley Theatre) director Robert Wilson. Other theater includes American Repertory Theater, The Market Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Theater Offensive, Evidence Room (LA), The Actor’s Gang (LA). Film: Star Trek: First Contact, It’s My Party, Day Zero, Orphan Killer. Television: “Numb3rs,” “Medium,” “NYPD Blue, “Lazarus Man,” “Pacific Blue, “V.I.P,” “Martial Law,” “New York News.” Jon David has made several works for performance, including his newest work, Accumulator developed at REDCAT, Dixon place and Abron’s Art Center.
LILLI COOPER (Lucy Brown) Atlantic: Spring Awakening (“Martha”). Broadway/National tours: Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast), Wicked (“Elphaba” u/s). Favorite theater credits: LMNOP (Goodspeed’s Norma Terris), Independents (New York Times’ Critic’s Pick), Skin of Our Teeth, Reasons to Be Pretty. A Vassar College grad, Cooper was born and raised in NYC and made her Broadway debut at age 16. She is thrilled to be back at the beautifully renovated Linda Gross Theater, which feels like home. Huge thanks to the Atlantic Family, Martha, and everyone at Telsey + Co.! Twitter.com/Lillicooper
LINDSEY DIETZ-MARCHANT (Ensemble) NYC freelance dance artist since 1998, currently performing Third Rails Project’s Then She Fell (Bessie Award 2013), performed with 30+ choreographers/companies including Palissimo, Martha Clarke, Doug Elkins, Kate Weare, Tami Stronach, Aszure Barton, Monica Bill Barnes, Ursula Eagly, Elena Demyanenko. Lindsey’s award-winning choreography includes commissions (Danspace Project, Music-Theater Group, Harkness Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam) touring internationally from Russia to Australia. Teaching includes Bennington, NYU, Princeton, Marymount Manhattan, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, SUNYPurchase, University New South Wales-Australia, Chunky Move-Australia, Movement Research-NYC. Lindsey currently independently produces individual dance artists and held curatorial positions at The Chocolate Factory and Dance New Amsterdam. www.dietzmarchant.com