I want no 'believers;' I think I am too sarcastic to believe in myself; I never speak to masses. I have a terrible fear that one day I will be pronounced holy. You will guess why I publish this book before; it shall prevent people from doing mischief with me. I have no wish to be a saint. I would rather be a buffoon. Perhaps I am a buffoon.
--Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo
Unexpected Productions presents the world premiere of "Nietzsche! The Musical." Over a century after Friedrich Nietzsche’s death, his influence still pervades intellectual and popular culture, from Freud and Foucault to Kanye West and Little Miss Sunshine. But many questions still remain: Was Nietzsche's mustache made from shredded Bibles? Did he secretly invent kickball? And what about the alleged catfish-baiting rings he ran in his basement?
"The humor in this show isn't capricious," says playwright Jeremy Richards. "It's a reflection of the terrifying incongruity between Nietzsche's ideas and his legacy. What we cannot fathom is so overwhelming, it's absurd. There's still darkness here, but with Nietzsche's command to 'kill the spirit of gravity' and to accompany every truth with laughter, the only response we have is release."
Richards, who has written the book and lyrics for his Master's thesis in Cultural Studies, promises the show will reward fans of Nietzsche's work, but it remains accessible to a wide audience. Richards has teamed up with composer Rob Scherzer and director Kate Jaeger to offer a surreal and satirical take on the life and work of Friedrich Nietzsche and how he still haunts us today.
"Nietzsche! The Musical" opens Friday, May 14th and runs through June 12th at Seattle's Pike Place Market Theater.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Jeremy Richards (book and lyrics) is a writer, actor, and an on-air producer for Seattle NPR station KUOW. His work has appeared widely, including McSweeney's, The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, The Poetry Foundation, The Morning News, RATTLE, and on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In tours and performances, Richards was a two-time member of Seattle's National Poetry Slam team, a three-time winner of the Bumbershoot Poetry Slam, and was invited to perform on HBO's Def Poetry. Richards studied philosophy and theology at Gonzaga University. He graduates this June with an MA in Cultural Studies from The University of Washington, Bothell. http://www.jeremyrichards.com
Rob Scherzer (music) grew up in Montville, NJ, and 2x majored in Theatre and Psychology at Drew University. His path led him from Vienna, from an Opera intensive to working for the St. Augustinerkirche Chor, to NYC working for the Broadway company of Hairspray to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS, to many countries in Asia, working with the 10th Anniversary World Tour of Rent as Company/Tour Manager. Now Rob resides in Seattle, sings at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, is the musical director for Wing-It Productions. Rob has worked as a composer, singer, actor, voice teacher, improvised musician, & musical director in both Seattle & NYC.