ACT­ING OUT Out ac­tor talks re­turn of ‘The Three­penny Opera’ to Atlanta

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Next week, the play with mu­sic “The Three­penny Opera” – known for its score in­clud­ing num­bers such as “Mack the Knife” – opens at 7 Stages to launch the com­pany’s 38th sea­son. Writ­ten in the 1920s by Ber­tolt Brecht, this ver­sion – di­rected by Michael Haverty – brings out ac­tor Don Fin­ney back to the stage. We caught up re­cently with Fin­ney – a vet­eran of the com­pany – to talk about the show, his amoral char­ac­ter and his re­turn to act­ing af­ter a long lay­off.

Hello, Don. How did you get in­volved in this pro­duc­tion?

I got a call from Heidi (Howard, the com­pany’s artis­tic di­rec­tor) ask­ing if I would be in­ter­ested. I have al­ways wanted to do it. I went in as­sum­ing I would be looked at for Mr. Peachum but when I got to the au­di­tion they had me learn Mrs. Peachum’s num­ber and the rest is his­tory.

For those not fa­mil­iar with the piece, tell us a lit­tle about it.

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