SEPTEMBER 24 - 27, 2020

The Mahagonny Songspiel at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Mahagonny Songspiel

by Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, and Elisabeth Hauptmann

Hitler’s thugs blew whistles at the 1927 premiere of this chamber opera. Communists in the audience blew whistles of their own. Kurt Weill wrote the music, Bertolt Brecht wrote the libretto, and Elisabeth Hauptman collected the material from natural disasters and the cycle of capitalism.


“Schmutz! [Filth!]”
-Zeitschrift für Musik ['The Gestapo Music Magazine']

“Ugly and mean.”
-The Baden-Baden Morning Gazette, 1927


The Festival’s production was planned to come from New Orleans performed by the AllWays Lounge in Exile, directed by Dennis Monn, and the complex score led by piano virtuoso Harry Mayronne, Jr. Their crowd-pleasing past productions include Threepenny Opera and Happy End, all with music by Kurt Weill and texts also credited to Brecht, but mostly written by Hauptmann.

The award-winning AllWays Lounge Players, including piano virtuoso Harry Mayronne, Jr., has collaborated for a decade. The Mahagonny Songspeil iwill be their 3rd "downtown" take on a Weill/Brecht/Hauptmann work.

We look forward to the possibility of presenting the AllWays Lounge Players in 2021. If you don’t bring your own whistle, we’ll be handing them out.

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