30+ Years of Curious Theatre
The Threepenny Opera

September 29–30, 2017

8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
  • Location
  • Prop Thtr • 3502 N. Elston, Chicago
  • Tickets
  • $25 suggested donation
    or pay what you can
  • Reservations
  • (773) 742-5420


Two nights only!

The gangster as pillar of society, or, how we like our beggars served.

Curious Theatre Branch and Prop Thtr are proud to revisit Obie-award-winning playwright Rick Burkhardt’s 2005 adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 classic. Originally performed by the Nonesense Company, Burkhardt’s adaptation “set[s] the story in an occupied Middle Eastern nation and turns suave thug Mack the Knife into an amalgam of international financier, terrorist, and corporate CEO, aptly embodying Brecht’s dictum that crime and business are pretty much interchangeable” (Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader).

A special two-night engagement benefiting the Curious Theatre Branch and its 2017–2018 season.


MacHeath (Mack the Knife): T-Roy Martin
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, the Beggar’s Friend: Colm O’Reilly
Celia Peachum: KellyAnn Corcoran
Jackie “Tiger” Brown / Street Singer: Beau O’Reilly
Pirate Jenny: Jenny Magnus
Lucy Brown: Jennifer Moniz
Filtch: Julia Williams
Smith: Janet Sayre
Beggars, gangsters, whores, constables: Jayita Bhattacharya, Jeffrey Bivens, Raju Bivens, Leo Brün, Cat Jarboe

Musical accompaniment

Jeff Kowalkowski