classic plays

A ‘Threepenny Opera’ For The 99 Percent

Martha Clarke and the Atlantic Theater Company team up on a classic play with rich contemporary overtones.

03/25/2014
Jewish Week Correspondent

The acclaimed dance-theater artist Martha Clarke says she has, for “some unknown reason,” always been “drawn to the historical.”

Maybe Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera” is the reason. She certainly has some history with the classic theater work about criminality and corruption set during the waning days of the pre-World War II Weimar Republic in Germany.

Michael Park and Laura Osnes, foreground, in scene from “A Threepenny Opera,” directed by Martha Clarke. Kevin Thomas Garcia

Yiddish Theater, On The Margin

11/01/2012

Little did the theater director David Herskovitz know, when he caught The Jewish Museum’s 2008 exhibit on Marc Chagall and the Russian Jewish Theater, that he would end up spending the next stage of his career staging forgotten Yiddish works. Herskovitz’s theater company, Target Margin, is discovering that rescuing Yiddish plays from oblivion can transform audiences’ expectations.

David Herskovitz
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