simple setting: two singing actors and a pianist. But together they
create a world populated by characters more real, haunting and powerful
than a season full of traditional theater. Kurt Weill's legendary
song book, including selections from "The Threepenny Opera,"
and the well-known works "Speak Low" and "Mack the
Knife" is brought to life by two singers with verve and acting
chops to spare.
Alvin Epstein has been seen on stages
in Boston and throughout the country. He appeared recently in American
Repertory Theatre's productions of "The Doctor's Dilemma,"
"Antigone" and "Three Farces and a Funeral."
Formerly Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater and Associate
Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, Epstein has staged more than
20 productions and performed in more than 100. His Broadway and
off-Broadway credits include his debut with Marcel Marceau, Orson
Welles' "King Lear, Lucky" in the American premiere of
"Waiting for Godot," Peachum in "The Threepenny Opera"
(co-starring with rock star Sting), and the world premiere of Sam
Shepard and Joseph Chaikin's "When the World Was Green (A Chef's
Fable)". He is well-known for his performances of Weill works.
Canadian-born Beth Anne Cole (now
a New York City resident) made her singing debut on Canadian television
and radio at age 15. After training as an actress in England, she
appeared for four seasons at the Shaw Festival in Canada in such
operettas as "Rose Marie" and "The Desert Song."
She has toured Canada and the U.S. with a one-woman show of songs
and poetry, composed for PBS-TV's Sesame Street and written and
performed critically acclaimed programs for Canadian radio on Parisian
cabaret singer Yvette Guilbert and composer Harold Arlen. Her most
recent recording, "Gifts in the Old, Old Ground," was
released by Harmony Ridge Music.