Emperor Norton: the Musical
For the rest of January the Darkroom theater (mission @ 18th) will be home to “Emperor Norton: The Musical”
To quote the rotten.com biography:
“These ludicrous declarations (of 1859) might have gone unnoticed, but Norton quickly developed a cult following. People on the streets would bow and curtsey when’er he passed, and San Francisco was all too willing to accept him as their wise, caring monarch.
In no time at all, Bay Area newspapers were competing for the honor of posting his proclamations, and more than once they published fakes to generate sales – a practice the Emperor condemed. Norton’s self styled “Imperial Government” even went so far as to manufacture its own currency in fifty-cent, five and ten dollar denominations. His money was accepted without question, at a time when U.S. paper currency was still considered unreliable.”