World Premiere of “Happy If…Happy When” in Salem [Berkshire on Stage]

Kimerer LaMothe, Geoffrey Gee, and their five children: Jordan, Jessica, Kyra, Kai, and Leif.
Kimerer LaMothe, Geoffrey Gee and their five children: Jordan, Jessica, Kyra, Kai and Leif

This weekend Fort Salem Theater in Salem hosts the world premiere of the musical, Happy If…Happy When, written by Kimerer LaMothe, whose website defines her as a “dancer, philosopher and scholar of religion.” Add to that author of the book, music and lyrics of an original musical about a suburban family that learns to adjust to living life on a farm. Orchestrations and additional music will be provided by Geoffrey Gee.

LaMothe is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Nietzsche’s Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values (Palgrave), Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies (Fordham), and her latest, Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia). She earned a PhD from Harvard University; taught at Brown and Harvard Universities; and has received fellowships for her work in dance and religion from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for the Study of World Religions, both of Harvard University.

In 2005, she and her musician-husband Geoffrey Gee, moved from a comfortable home in the suburbs of Boston to a farm in the Washington County town of Hebron. Within several years, the family of five became a family of seven. For Happy If, Kimerer has condensed time and fictionalized the story of her family’s journey from Boston and period of adjustment to farm life. Along the way in 2011, among her other writings, the Psychology Today blogger penned a volume entitled Family Planting.

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