Seven Deadly Sins

In my junior year of college at Duquesne, I staged excerpts from Kurt Weill’s and Bertolt Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins as part of Expressions of Song. After diving into Weill and Brecht’s complex multi-layered work that first time, I knew I wanted to stage and perform the entire work. During the summer of 2018, I decided to do just that. I took on the role of producer and director and performed the role of Anna I. Kristina Jaczesko, my dear friend and colleague, took on the role of Anna I and choreographer. The Bricolage Theater in downtown Pittsburgh made an exceptional venue for the performance, and we performed two full runs on August 24th and 25th with collaborative pianist, Karen Jeng Lin.

Seven Deadly Sins is a work about exploitation, abuse, trauma, loss of love, mental illness, and the effect that can have on a individual’s identity. Part one of the performance was entitled “Anna I” and was a fully staged production of Seven Deadly Sins. After a brief intermission, guests were invited back for a part II, entitled “Anna II” which included a collection of songs that reflected Anna II’s voice. That collection included American standards such as Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” and Weill’s cabaret songs, such as “Nana’s Lied.”

All rights were obtained through Schott Music Corp | EAMDC. Thank you to our generous sponsors, Leaf ‘n Bean and Keith Johnston.

PROJECT APPEARANCES: August 24th & 25th, 2018, 7PM

Bricolage’s Theater 937 Liberty Avenue Pgh, PA 15222

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Brady Collins