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March 10 – April 30, 2023
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Previews: March 10-18, 2023
Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 6:00pm

Run: March 23-April 30, 2023
Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 6:00pm

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
In collaboration with: Elisabeth Hauptmann
Based on “The Beggar’s Opera,” by John Gay
English translation: by Marc Blitzstein

The Threepenny Opera is a biting satire of the post-war rise of capitalism, wrapped up in Kurt Weill’s jazzy score, and the tale of Macheath, a debonair crime lord on the verge of turning his illegal empire into a legitimate business. Songs from Threepenny have become classic standards, including “Pirate Jenny” and, most notably, “Mack the Knife,” which has been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble. Theo’s Artistic Director Fred Anzevino will direct this production for our 25th Anniversary Season, in honor of the many Kurt Weill revues that were part of the company’s founding years.

Special Thanks to our Production Sponsors Mary Alice & Peter Costello.

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Photo credit: Time Stops Photography

Production Team

Director – Fred Anzevino

(he/him; Director) THEO: Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Fred is honored to be celebrating this 25th Anniversary Season. Through the years he has directed/produced several critically acclaimed productions with Theo, as well as receiving 5 Jeff Awards (Non-Equity) for Best Direction of a Musical. He is thrilled to be re-visiting the music of Kurt Weill and exploring the challenges of Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera with a new generation of talented Chicago artists. “A very special thank you to our patrons, donors, Theo’s Board of Directors, City of Evanston and our hard working staff. Always moving forward with love, compassion, forgiveness and concern, through the eyes of everyone! Enjoy!”

Music Director – Ryan Brewster

(he/him; Music Director) THEO: Music Director for Evita (2009) and Chess (2010), receiving Jeff Awards (Non-Equity) for both. CHICAGO: Annie (Citadel), 35mm (Circle), and Christmas with Christine (Silk Road Rising). Ryan has provided musical direction for theatrical productions from Chicago, to New York, to New Hampshire, and Guatemala. He also served as a Music Director on Adjunct Faculty for Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory from 2010 to 2019.

Choreographer/Associate Director - Jenna Schoppe

(she/her; Associate Director/Choreographer) THEO: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Godspell and Once Upon a Mattress (Choreographer). CHICAGO: Yank! A WWII Love Story (2018 Jeff Award for Best Choreography, Pride Films and Plays); Nunsense, Call Me Madam, Do Re Mi and The Rink (Porchlight); Mamma Mia (Highland Park Players); Bobbie Clearly (Steep); and The Producers (Jeff nom, Nightblue).

Scenic Designer – Mara Ishihara Zinky

(she/her; Scenic Designer) THEO: Once Upon A Mattress and 8-Track. CHICAGO: Routes (Remy Bumppo), Last Hermanos (Red Orchid), Cruel Intentions (Kokandy), Bob: A Life In Five Acts (Chicago College of Performing Arts). EDUCATION: BFA in Scenic Design, The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Lighting Designer – Maggie Fullilove-Nugent

(she/her, Lighting Designer) THEO: Cabaret & Godspell. CHICAGO: The Magic Play (Goodman); Too Heavy for Your Pocket (TimeLine); Sunset Boulevard & Rent (Porchlight); Endgame, Six Characters in Search of An Author & The Threepenny Opera (Hypocrites); Burning Bluebeard (Ruffians); Roustabout, Fake Lake, Wildcats & 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Neo-Futurists). Maggie is currently Director of Production at TimeLine Theatre, a leader of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance, and a director of For The Group. She is dedicated to moving the Chicago Theatre Community towards safer, more sustainable and equitable practices, while lighting them beautifully. She would like to thank her supportive friends and family, and especially Josiah, the best lighting partner in town.

Properties Designer – Lonnae Hickman

(she/her; Properties Designer) THEO: Godspell and 2022/23 Season Designer, including Refuge, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Passing Strange (upcoming). Lonnae graduated from DePaul’s Theatre School with a double major in Theatre and History. She has worked as a props designer with American Players, Steep, Definition, Teatro Vista, among others, and is honored to be Theo’s season props designer. She’s also passionate about finding to tell stories that not only need to be told but have slipped through the cracks of the theatre world.

Costume Designer – Cindy Moon

(she/her; Costume Designer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Twelfth Night (Midsommer Flight); Little Shop of Horrors, Picasso at the Lapin Agile & Outside Mullingar (Citadel); Shout! (Metropolis); She Loves Me (Blank Theatre Company); Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Young People’s Theatre). REGIONAL: Hello, Dolly! & The Mock Marriage & The Pirates of Penzance (Ohio Light Opera); Million Dollar Quartet (Tuacahn). Education: MFA in Costume Design and Technology, Virginia Tech.

Sound Designer – Daniel Etti-Williams

(they/he; Sound Designer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Run The Beast Down, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins and On The Greenbelt (Strawdog); Beatrix Potter’s Holiday Tea Party (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Haus of Atreus (Mudlark); Peerless (Northwestern); At The Vanishing Point (The Gift); Paris and Light Falls (Steep); Private Lives (Raven); The Island (Court). An up-and-coming Sound Designer and Engineer, Daniel studied Acting at Oklahoma City University, then moved to Chicago to participate in Steppenwolf’s Apprenticeship Program. Since then, they have had the opportunity to work all over Chicago: making theatre, telling stories and expressing their passion through design.

Intimacy & Violence Director – Charlie Baker

(he/they; Intimacy & Violence Director) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Othello (Court); Man of the People (Stage Left); Twelfth Night (Midsummer Flight); Fences (American Blues); Big Fish, A Christmas Story, & Kiss Me Kate (Marriott); Romeo & Juliet (UIC); Into The Woods (Northwestern). REGIONAL: Unseen, Once on This Island, & How I Learned What I Learned (Oregon Shakespeare).

Dialect Coach - Kathy Logelin

(she/her, Dialect Coach) THEO: Grey Gardens, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Bridges of Madison County. CHICAGO: Court, Marriott, Northlight, Lookingglass, Porchlight, Rivendell, Raven, Steep and Red Orchid. REGIONAL: Clarence Brown Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare, Indiana Rep and TheatreSquared. INTERNATIONAL: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, The Camden Fringe & The Buxton Fringe.

Stage Manager – Caitlyn Birmingham

(she/her; Stage Manager) THEO:Debut. CHICAGO: Young Playwrights Festival 36 (Pegasus); Peabody (Young People’s Theater); The Wild Party (Blank Theater Co.); Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Man (Matt Murphy Productions); Solaris (Griffin Theatre Company); And Away We Stared (Trap Door Theatre). REGIONAL: Little Shop Of Horrors (Skylight Music Theatre); Unnecessary Farce (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre); The Potting Shed (Acacia Theater.; Education: BA in Theater Arts with a minor in Digital Media from Marquette University.

Production Manager – Matthew R. Chase

(he/him; Director of Production) THEO: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Associate Sound Design). CHICAGO/Production Manager: Spring Awakening and Broadway in your Backyard (Porchlight) & Mary’s Seacole and Heisenberg (Griffin). CHICAGO/Sound Design: Cabaret, The Apple Tree, Rent, Clear, Spring Awakening, Passing Strange & Nunsense (Porchlight); Who’s Holiday (Theater Wit); Anyone Can Whistle, Cooking With Bubbie & Veronica’s Room (Skokie Theatre); 9 to 5 & Mamma Mia! (Golden Ticket Productions). Matthew is Director of Production here at Theo, and the resident Production Manager at Theater Wit, where his credits include Mr. Burns, a post-electric play; Who’s Holiday; Hurricane Diane and the upcoming Whistleblower.


Add a 3-course prix fixe meal when you purchase your tickets for just $30!

Arrive early and enjoy dinner before the show! Dinner service commences 90 minutes prior to showtime (it is not served during the performance) and must be reserved 1 week in advance. Please ensure you contact the box office at the time of purchase to request the vegetarian option if preferred. (Drinks & gratuity not included.) 

Dinner provided by Badou Senegalese Cuisine

Veggie Pastel
Mixed veggies cooked with tomatoes, garlic and onions wrapped in a pastry

Veggie Peanut Butter Stew
Peanut Butter cooked with sweet potatoes and yam served over saffron rice.

– OR –

Jollof Rice
Jasmine broken rice served with cabbage, carrots, plantain and grilled chicken

Chocolate Cake


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