DreigroschenoperFollowing World War I, Germany endured over a decade of economic hardship characterized by hyperinflation, widespread poverty, food shortages and demands for reparations from France and Britain.

In the midst of all the turmoil, German playwright Bertolt Brecht teamed with composer Kurt Weill to adapt an 18th century “ballad opera” by English writer John Gay called The Beggar’s OperaThe Threepenny Opera debuted in Berlin in 1928 and served as a socialist critique of the capitalist system (at left is the original poster)

As its second production of the 2015-16 season, Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre is presenting its version of Brecht and Weill’s play at Darke Hall on Nov. 19 at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. The production is rated 14+, and you can find out more details on the Do It With Class website.