Sick + Twisted and AA Battery: The Threepeny Opera, February 22 - March 2

by Bertolt Brecht with music and songs by Kurt Weill

Running February 22 - March 2, 2019 in partnership with and at the West End Cultural Centre
***Tickets are $30 and available at To avoid online admin fees, visit or call the WECC box office directly: 204.783.6918

The Threepenny Opera (3PO) was first performed in 1928. It is a seminal, often-revived work of the theatre; in many ways 3PO invented the musical theatre genre, with strong influence from German cabaret and agitprop theatre. It skewers capitalism, economic oppression, and patriarchy; in its final scenes, it transforms into a plea for fairness and compassion. Its urgent message remains distressingly timely, and the music seems as revolutionary as when it was composed almost 100 years ago.
3PO has as its conceit that a group of "beggars" tells the story of the underworld criminal Mack the Knife. In our production, that group of beggars includes people who are Deaf or physically disabled. Disabled people live in interdependence in a way that many others do not. The audience will be asked to consider this interdependence by watching disabled performers in a piece of theatre, and by watching these performers physically navigate the space through choreography. The cast will also include professional contemporary dancers. By witnessing dancers move with disabled performers, the audience will be asked to confront the reality that vulnerability and interdependence lie at the core of the human experience.

Content Warnings posted at bottom

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Management- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*
*Performances with ASL Interpretation

Generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper Foundation, Deborah Gray, Assiniboine Credit Union

CW: strong language, description and depiction of violent and sexual acts