TCG Press Release


Phillip Matthews
Director of Communications
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"Bad Boy Nietzsche! is a mesmerizing tragic-comic fantasia of a play. Direct quotations from Nietsche's poems and letters blend beautifully into Mr. Foreman's phantasmagorical production, a testament to the natural fit between form and subject here."—New York Times

"In King Cowboy Rufus, you can gauge the breadth of Foreman's imaginative compassion. Full of character interactions and budding twigs of plot, staged with a slow, dreamlike melancholy...the wonder is that a work so filled with hilarity should leave such an overarching sense of anguish."—Village Voice

"Richard Foreman reinvented dialogue, action, sound, stage design and philosophical groundwork as no other stage artist in our history." — PEN/Laura Pels Master American Dramatist Award citation

New York , December 2007—Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Bad Boy Nietzsche! And Other Plays, a new collection of work by Richard Foreman, guru of the theatrical avant-garde.

This volume contains six plays, staged over the past eight years—under Foreman's direction and design as well—at his Ontological-Hysteric Theater, which begins its 40th anniversary season this January. Included are: Bad Boy Nietzsche!, Now That Communism is Dead My Life Feels Empty!, Maria Del Bosco (A Sound Opera: Sex and Racing Cars), Bad Behavior, Panic! (How to Be Happy!) and King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe!

"Filled with all sorts of wise-sounding statements, which have the tantalizing quality of phrases half-remembered from dreams, Panic! feels as if the world is made up of nothing but misfits, that no one is meant to find a comfortable niche in a life that will always thwart and confound," writes Ben Brantley in the New York Times about the penultimate play in the volume. "That Mr. Foreman always extracts such joyous showmanship from this gloomy premise is one of the continuing miracles of contemporary <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">New York theater."

Richard Foreman has been leading the theatrical avant-garde in the <country-region w:st="on">United States</country-region> and throughout the world since 1968, when he founded his Ontological-Hysteric Theater company in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">New York City . He has written, directed and designed more than fifty of his own plays both in <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">New York and abroad. He has received numerous OBIE awards, a Lifetime Achievement in the Theater Award from the NEA, and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, among other notable citations.

For more information on Richard Foreman and his plays and creative process, as well as the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, please visit


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Bad Boy Nietzsche! and Other Plays
by Richard Foreman
Paperback 256pp
January 2008

Also available from TCG:
Love & Science
by Richard Foreman
Paperback 204pp

Unbalancing Acts
by Richard Foreman
Foreword by Peter Sellars
Paperback 368pp


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