2014-15 Season
April 16 to May 3, 2015


Music and Lyrics by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan

Directed by Jonathan Fox.

About Woyzeck

A rarely performed musical adaptation by Tom Waits of one of the most influential plays ever written, Georg Büchner’s classic Woyzeck. When a soldier returns home from the war, desperate poverty leads him to take odd jobs that gradually tear him apart. As he starts to lose his mind, his love for Marie becomes increasingly obsessive. With his poetic combination of blues, jazz, and vaudeville, Tom Waits, along with his wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan, has created a musical both carnivalesque and tender. Directed by Jonathan Fox.


Franz Woyzeck is a military barber who has lived a poor and difficult life.  He has a child out of wedlock with a woman named Marie, and spends his time trying to make ends meet by performing odd tasks for his Captain, and participating in medical experiments with an eccentric Doctor.  These tribulations have led him to a breaking point – including recurring apocalyptic visions.

When Marie’s eye starts to wander toward a Drum Major, Woyzeck seeks counsel from his friend, Andres, and receives some unsolicited advice from the Doctor and the Captain.

As Woyzeck’s insanity grows, his actions become wild and sporadic, leading him down a dark and violent path.


Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan have created a tender and carnivalesque score that is uniquely suited to the classic German play.  Most songs can be heard on the “Blood Money” album, and include vaudeville numbers such as “Misery’s the River of the World,” love songs like “All the World is Green,” and hilarious Irish drinking songs such as “Just the Way We Are Boys.”



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