Nero Fiddled

From 2004 to 2008, NERO FIDDLED presented four musical political satires, written, produced, and directed by Noah Diamond and Amanda Sisk.

City Under Siege (2004)
Burning Bush (2005)
Moral Value Meal (2006)
Life After Bush (2008)
City Under Siege Burning Bush
Moral Value Meal Life After Bush

Sisk and Diamond

"Political theatre is not a very specific description. Some political theatre is allegorical. Some is metaphorical. And there are even some kinds of political theatre which do not rhyme with those. The Nero Fiddled shows are specifically about contemporary policy, politics, and politicians. The shows are serious, because there is nothing more serious than their subject matter. They're funny, because the most effective humor always deals with the darkest themes.

"For Mel Brooks hath said: 'The greatest comedy plays against the greatest  tragedy. Comedy is a red rubber ball, and if you throw it against a soft, funny wall, it will not come back. But if you throw it against the hard wall of ultimate reality, it will bounce back and be very lively.'

"Like many political artists, we are sometimes accused of 'preaching to the choir.' We like the standard response to this criticism -- 'That's how you make them sing' -- and wish we had thought of it ourselves. We have no illusion that a musical comedy can impact the electoral map. We want to inspire our audience, through laughter and outrage, to become more politically informed and involved. Identifying oneself as a liberal is not enough; we want people who already agree with us to take the next step: an active role. We try to deliver our ideas with as much fidelity to the art and craft of comedy and song as to the function and welfare of society and government. It isn't art for art's sake. It's comedy for democracy."

Life After Bush


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