Seeking Nietzsche

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With the nationalist composer Richard Wagner as Friedrich Nietzsche’s surrogate father and the Nazis’ appropriation of Wagner’s music and Nietzsche’s philosophy, many have questioned whether Nietzsche and his works are on the right side of history. Seeking Nietzsche ponders who determines the answer to this question. When Nietzsche falls into madness, his nationalist sister, Elisabeth, takes over the management of his literary estate, but knowing that the siblings disagree on just about everything, Nietzsche’s friend, Lou Salomé, takes it upon herself to recover Nietzsche’s legacy and reveal his inner psychology. Meanwhile, Elisabeth outlives Nietzsche by thirty-five years and becomes close to Hitler. Influenced by Nietzsche’s theory of eternal recurrence, as well as his madness at the end of his life, the narrative jumps back and forth in time and into the afterlife to tell the tale of the ever-suffering philosopher.

About the Playwright

Marcia Eppich-Harris

Marcia Eppich-Harris is the artistic director and founder of Southbank Theatre Company in Indianapolis. She holds a PhD and MA in Shakespeare and Dramatic Literature, as well as a BA in Music, and taught at the college level for over fifteen years. She is a playwright, director, and a founding member of the Indiana Playwrights Circle (IPC). Marcia’s writing includes plays, fiction, poetry, scholarship, songs, musicals, and reviews. Her creative writing is influenced by the literature and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the British Medieval and Renaissance periods, as well as current events. She focuses thematically on politics, philosophy, the arts, gender, family, and culture. Her most recently productions include a variety of short plays and performances of her full-length plays The Profession (2022), which was published by Next Stage Press in 2023, Seneca and the Soul of Nero (2021), and her first musical, Troilus and Cressida: The Musical (2023).