Two Women Who Gave Nietzsche Life

Today we introduce a pair of formidable women: Franziska Nietzsche, Fritz’s mother, and Malwida von Meysenbug, an influential German feminist writer and scholar.

Franziska is played by Sue Caputo and Malwida is played by Kimerer LaMothe (@kimererlamothe, also our librettist/composer!).

Sue Caputo is thrilled to be back at Fort Salem Theater in Nietzsche!. Previous Fort Salem Theater credits (under the prior owners Jay and Lynne Kerr) include The Savanah Disputations, Women in my Life, Forever Plaid (dir/choreo), Getting my Act Together, Corn, Adirondack Awakening, Star-crossed, and Songs of War and Peace. Sue has worked professionally in many theaters in the Eastern Region including Capital Rep’s The Full Monty, M. Butterfly, James Joyce’s The Dead (choreo), Syncopation (choreo), Man of La Mancha (choreo), Boston Marriage (choreo), The Sisters Rosenweig (movement consultant), 33 Variations (movement consultant) and Gypsy (assist. choreographer), as well as various Next Act New Play staged readings including Gino Dilorio’s Crib (Lisa).

Kimerer LaMothe, PhD is the award-winning author of two musicals; six books on dance, philosophy, and religion, and over 100 blog posts for Psychology Today. With Gee, LaMothe has created and performed two solo dance concerts; seven cabaret-style variety shows; and a song cycle based on her fifth book, Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia University Press, 2015). Her musical Happy If Happy When premiered in 2017 at the Fort Salem Theater, and appeared three times in New York City in 2018: the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (nominated for Outstanding Lyrics and Music); the New York New Works Theatre Festival, and in a 5-show run at the Gene Frankel Theatre. LaMothe earned her doctorate in religion from Harvard University, and has received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, and two from the Lower Regional Adirondack Arts Council.

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