Design by Karen McCall, photos by Dan Norman

Design by Karen McCall, photos by Dan Norman

Chronofon and Open Eye Figure Theatre Present

Hauptmann & Brecht, Lenya & Weill

August 8 - 18, 2019

featuring the music of Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and their little-known co-writer, Elisabeth Hauptmann

Created by Dan Chouinard, Diana Grasselli, Bradley Greenwald, and Prudence Johnson 

The team who created last season's box office smash DEAR LENNY: Bernstein's Life in Songs & Letters returns this summer! 

WHEN THE SHARK BITES: Hauptmann & Brecht, Lenya & Weill is a theatrical concert of the music of Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, their largely uncredited co-writer, Elisabeth Hauptmann and Kurt Weill's wife and celebrated performer, Lotte Lenya. Exploring the collaboration between these hugely influential artists of the Berlin theater during the Weimar Republic — the brief democratic, interwar period just before the Nazis gained power — WHEN THE SHARK BITES will feature songs from Threepenny Opera, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Happy End. Come for the music and leave with a deeper understanding of what compelled these artists to change theater, music and modern culture forever. 


$10 — Preview on August 7
$28 — General Admission
$65 — Dinner und Bier Garten Song Fest on August 10

A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online for all performances except August 7 and 10. If not sold out, a limited number of pay as able tickets will be available at the door.
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Performance Schedule

August 7, 7:30pm Preview SOLD OUT*
August 8, 7:30pm Opening Night SOLD OUT*
August 9, 7:30pm
August 11, 4pm SOLD OUT*
August 12, 7:30pm
August 14, 7:30p — additional seats added
August 15, 7:30p — additional seats added
August 16, 7:30p — additional seats added
August 17, 7:30p — SOLD OUT*
August 18, 4pm — SOLD OUT*

For SOLD OUT performances, we will take a waitlist at the door starting one hour before show time. You must be present to be added to the list. If seats become available, we will release them 5-10 minutes before showtime in waitlist order. We may also release a limited number of obstructed view seats.

Performance Run Time

90 minutes

Age Recommendation

Ages 16 and up.


Contact Open Eye at or 612-874-6338 for accessibility information and requests.

Getting to Open Eye

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Please be aware that ongoing construction on 35W and surrounding streets and bridges will affect your route to Open Eye. Please allow extra time getting to the theatre. We recommend using map apps to navigate to the theatre, following posted detour signs, and consulting MNDOT for current projects at


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Dinner und BierGarten Song Fest

August 10, 5:30pm — $65
Includes drinks, dinner, a performance of WHEN THE SHARK BITES, and a sing-along.

Please join us for a festive pre-show picnic in Open Eye’s beautiful Biergarten (Beer Garden) featuring a delicious summer buffet, a signature cocktail, and the most summery German drink of all — the Radler Biermichgetrank — a sparkling fusion of beer and lemonade! Enjoy WHEN THE SHARK BITES inside our cool theatre, and then head back to the garden for a Song Fest sing-along with the cast under the stars! Bring that special someone for an evening of food and drink, memorable music, singing, laughter, comradery, and some healthy kerfuffle, if we’re lucky!y Tic