The Me Nobody Knows

The Me Nobody Knows
Based on the book The Me Nobody Knows
​Music by Gary William Friedman
Lyrics by Will Holt

October 10-17, 2014
The Me Nobody Knows
Principal People: 

Adapted Robert Livingston and Herb Schapiro

Additional lyrics Herb Schapiro

Arrangements and orchestration Gary William Friedman

Co-directors Alvin Mayes and Scot Reese

Musical director L. Richmond Sparks

Event Attributes

Venue: 
Age Appropriateness: 
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Program Notes: 

Portrayed within the span of a single day, The Me Nobody Knows poetically examines the aspirations and fears of a multi-racial cast of young people.

Inspired by actual writings of students, their stories are universal. In these students’ struggles lies their hope, and ours. They are the voices of change. The musical score combines rock music, classical fugues, rap and jazz that inspire passion and transformation.

The Me Nobody Knows is Tony-nominated and OBIE Award-winning.
The Me Nobody Knows is presented through special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Funded in part by a generous gift from James and Sally Bersbach.

Featured in DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014

The Me Nobody Knows was recognized for:

  • Best University Productions
  • Best Ensemble
  • Tyasia Velines' role as Nell
  • Kristen El Yaouti's role as Melba

Review by DC Metro Theater Arts

What is truly amazing about this production is that, other than co-direction and musical direction, undergraduate and graduate students created this entire production.

— RAMONA HARPER, DC Metro Theater Arts, October 11, 2014

Preview by The Diamondback

The Me Nobody Knows reminds us that differences, failures, problems and demons are all OK to have if we’re willing to talk about them.

— DANIELLE OHL, The Diamondback, October 10, 2014

Preview by The Gazette

Reese said the play is meant to “explode” the idea that Americans are living in a post-racial world, after America showed racial contention in recent events like the Trayvon Martin court case and the Ferguson protests this summer.

“I hope [the audience] will have a great conversation after they see the musical and speak openly about things like Ferguson,” Reese said. “Whether you’re black, white, Asian, Latino, we can all feel together.”

— SAVANNAH TANBUSCH, The Gazette, October 9, 2014