Kate Clarke is having a busy and productive week.
Clarke, an assistant professor of theater, acting and voice at the University of New Mexico, is at the helm of the department of theater and dance’s latest production, “The Threepenny Opera,” which opens tonight and runs through Nov. 19.
“I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to be directing this piece,” she says. “I was fortunate to be in it when I was a student, and it changed my life.”
The play tells the musical tale of London’s most notorious criminal, Macheath or Mack the Knife. Jeremiah Peachum is the boss of London’s beggars and demands a cut of all they earn. He is furious when he learns London’s most notorious criminal, Macheath, has seduced his daughter, Polly, and through bribery and blackmail Macheath is sentenced to hang.