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A Note on The Threepenny Opera from the Director

A Note on The Threepenny Opera from the Director

A Note on The Threepenny Opera from the Director

Memory may be a mystical thing. Why we remember what we remember and how we remember
has been keeping neuroscientists busy for decades. I think perhaps the machinations
of memory are as individual as the one doing the remembering. We remember things
differently, as if we each have our own code of what imprints upon us.

I’ve pondered for years why I can remember almost every melody I hear, but I rarely
retain lyrics, even if I’ve learned the song for a play and performed it multiple
times. I am also a voracious reader, and yet what I retain from books may surprise
you. It’s the same as what I glean from plays. It’s rarely about specific plots
points, but always how it made me feel. As if I remember with my heart.

twice in my life; both productions were in 1981. The play has fascinated, enticed,
and even haunted me for 30 years. All because of how I felt when I saw it. Thirty
years ago, I did not know the relevance of Brecht on theatre, or imagined the courage
it took to bring this satire to light during the time he was writing; a time noted
for many things, a sense of humor not being one of them.

I remember a deep visceral response both to Weill’s music and Brecht’s unrelenting
examination of social structures. I would not have imagined, coming upon the play
frequently in my early life that it would take 30 years for me to live with it again.
Classic plays demand frequent re-examination, and 30 years is far too long between
productions.

As Seattle Shakespeare Company happily continues to celebrate with you our 20th
a special present from me to you. You have been truly incredible partners to create
with and for. You have inspired me beyond belief. When I think of all the plays
we have shared together, what I remember is how your faith in us made me feel and
how through this co-creation I came to feel what it means to be a community.

I hold you all in my heart.

Stephanie Shine

Artistic Director

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about The Threepenny Opera there’s a
wonderful website by the Kurt Weill Foundation that has great background on the
play and the creators:

P.P.S. Don’t forget, we’re performing The Threepenny Opera at the Intiman Theatre.
We don’t want you to miss out on the first part of the show!

 
Memory may be a mystical thing. Why we remember what we remember and how we remember has been keeping neuroscientists busy for decades. I think perhaps the machinations of memory are as individual as the one doing the remembering. We remember things differently, as if we each have our own code of what imprints upon us.
I’ve pondered for years why I can remember almost every melody I hear, but I rarely retain lyrics, even if I’ve learned the song for a play and performed it multiple times. I am also a voracious reader, and yet what I retain from books may surprise you. It’s the same as what I glean from plays. It’s rarely about specific plots points, but always how it made me feel. As if I remember with my heart.
I have seen The Threepenny Opera just twice in my life; both productions were in 1981. The play has fascinated, enticed, and even haunted me for 30 years. All because of how I felt when I saw it. Thirty years ago, I did not know the relevance of Brecht on theatre, or imagined the courage it took to bring this satire to light during the time he was writing; a time noted for many things, a sense of humor not being one of them.
I remember a deep visceral response both to Weill’s music and Brecht’s unrelenting examination of social structures. I would not have imagined, coming upon the play frequently in my early life that it would take 30 years for me to live with it again. Classic plays demand frequent re-examination, and 30 years is far too long between productions.
As Seattle Shakespeare Company happily continues to celebrate with you our 20th Anniversary, The Threepenny Opera is a special present from me to you. You have been truly incredible partners to create with and for. You have inspired me beyond belief. When I think of all the plays we have shared together, what I remember is how your faith in us made me feel and how through this co-creation I came to feel what it means to be a community.
 Stephanie Shine
Artistic Director 
P.S.  If you’re interested in learning more about The Threepenny Opera there’s a wonderful website by the Kurt Weill Foundation that has great background on the play and the creators:
www.threepennyopera.org.
P.P.S. Don’t forget, we’re performing The Threepenny Opera at the Intiman Theatre. We don’t want you to miss out on the first part of the show! 

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