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Beth Sorensen
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REED COLLEGE THEATRE TO PRESENT HAPPY END

The Reed College theatre department will present the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill collaboration Happy End at the mainstage theatre at Reed College, on April 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 seniors and students, and $1 for members of the Reed community. Reservations may be made by calling the Reed theatre box office at 503/777-7284 after March 15.

The production is directed by theatre professor Kathleen Worley, with musical direction by John Vergin ’78. The American adaptation by Michael Feingold is based on the original German production’s book by Dorothy Lane. Billed as a "melodrama with songs," the show contains such well-loved Brecht-Weill songs as "Surabaya Johnny" and "Bilbao Song."

This rarely performed Brecht-Weill collaboration is being produced in celebration of the centenary year of Kurt Weill’s birth. Set in an imagined 1919 Chicago, the play pits the Salvation Army against an underworld gang. When the colorful characters of Bill’s Beer Hall are challenged by the Army of the Lord, unexpected twists of fate combine with moments of melodrama and snippets of song, resulting in a rapid romp to a somewhat surprising ending.

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