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Theatre UNI and UNI School of Music present 'The Threepenny Opera'<br>

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Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and theatre publicist, Theatre UNI, (319) 273-6381
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Theatre UNI and School of Music will present the classic musical, 'The Threepenny Opera,' by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov.17 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Sandra Walden, former UNI faculty member, will direct the musical. She previously directed 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Die Fledermaus' for Theatre UNI. Music direction will be shared by Rebecca Burkhardt, associate professor of music, and Ronald Johnson, professor of music. Scenic designer is Mark Parrott, Theatre UNI designer; lighting designer is Eric Lange, associate professor of theatre; and costume designer is Amy RohrBerg, associate professor of theatre.

'The Threepenny Opera' tells of deceit and betrayal in the seedy underworld of beggars, thieves and prostitutes in 19th century England. 'The writers collaborated to create a work of epic theatre that, by bringing together deceitful, self-involved characters with an upbeat cabaret score, allows audiences to laugh at the absurdity, and challenges us to action to change the corrupt capitalist society which leads to such class disparities,' says Walden.

The musical will run Nov. 8, 9, 14, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for UNI students and youths, $13 for senior citizens, and $15 for all others. Tickets may be purchased through the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381, or at www.uni.edu/theatre.