Nietzsche! The Musical is a collaboration between Kimerer LaMothe (Book, Lyrics, Music) and Geoffrey Gee (Music). Their daughter, Kyra Gee, will direct the August Reading.
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 second book, Nietzsche’s Dancers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) offers the only systematic analysis of the dance imagery that appears throughout Nietzsche’s body of work. 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.
GEOFFREY GEE is a pianist, composer, sound designer, and graduate of Berklee College of Music. In 2015, he made his solo piano debut at Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall. Gee was the music director and accompanist for LaMothe’s musical Happy If Happy When, and engineered and co-produced the cast album, for which he also played piano, bass, and synth parts. Gee is the lead in five CDs, including, I’ll Be There With You (2009). He composes music for theater productions, dance companies, filmmakers, and orchestras, including a 2020 commission for a piano concerto, written for the Sage City Symphony in Bennington, Vermont. He has played his original piano music across the U.S. and in 18 countries around the world. As a sound designer, Gee created the virtual instrument Plectrum, and serves as a consultant for several of the top electronic keyboard companies.
KYRA GEE is a rising senior at Yale University, double majoring in Theater Studies and Evolutionary Biology. She graduated from Granville High School in 2018, and lives with her family in Hebron. Kyra is an avid theatermaker, both on and off the stage. At Yale, she studies voice with Amy Justman, and has participated in shows such as Wakaresaseya (Director), Sweeney Todd (Assistant Director, Toby), Ajax in Iraq (Producer), Mary Jane (Mary Jane), American Idiot (Heather), and Radium Girls (Kathryn/Harriet). Previous show credits at Granville include The Sound of Music (Assistant Music Director, Maria), Little Women (Beth March), Into the Woods (Cinderella), and Peter Pan (Tinker Bell). Kyra has also performed with her family in regional and NYC productions of her parents’ original musical, Happy If Happy When.