Mars Opera Development Team Bios

Book, Lyrics, and Music by:
AZooNY (Richard Rinehart)

Illustrations by:
Joshua Peters

Outerstellar 3D Modeling:

Eric Mindek
Interstellar Bit Pusher:

Paul Catalano

Published by Back To The Beat Music

Josh Peters is an illustrator and graphic designer from West Jefferson, Ohio. He has worked with such clients as Hasbro, the Chicago Cubs, and Image Comics. Currently he is an art director at Just Funky where he creates licensed merchandise. When he isn’t there, Josh volunteers his time with the West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association as the soccer commissioner and a coach. He’s also working on his first comic book.

By day Rich “AZooNY” Rinehart is a manager of Computational Sciences and Emerging Technologies for DB Consulting at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio. By night he spends his time as a singer/songwriter, composer, producer, and multimedia specialist.

AZooNY in Glasgow

A scene in Glasgow from the AZooNY “Shed My Night” video

Musically, he has composed three symphonies, numerous soundtracks for video, and has released two Alternative Rock CD’s of original music the most recent being Nuts under the artist name “AZooNY”.

He is also President of the Grammy Award Winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony (and GM for NEOSonicFest, a new music festival) and on the Board of Cleveland’s Verb Ballets, Cleveland’s leading contemporary dance company.


Dreaming of home Dreeson sings “Shed My Night” while in flight to Mars
Verb Ballets tossing scripts in NUTS video

Verb Ballets in the AZooNY “Nuts” video production

In his current Mars Opera project, Rich inserts new technology into the show production, an element sure to capture tech-savvy and young audiences. “I want to keep the technology demands on the production staff to a minimal, but it does require a high-tech awareness not usually found in traditional theater”.

AZooNY Nuts CDA love for science and the arts combined with a good dosing of comical wit has fostered the creation of his Mars Opera. “I’ve got it all: dance, science, social media, symphonic and rock-n-roll music, space aliens, and all in a light-hearted and wacky comical presentation. It’s really not an opera but a play with music.” And a wacky presentation it is, somewhat in the Loony Tunes, British-wit comical style. “To be clear though, I’m not doing this for pure entertainment. I have a motive. I wish to have folks think and come together. Laughter is the secret sauce, science and fantasy the hook, and drama and music the emotional glue.” .

Well, it’s not a blast to use like a Bucky-Ball-Battering-Bat. Or a Quantum modulator paddle that is both here and there at the same time. Or even an iStaff with a Galactical service coverage plan. It’s a gun that defies all relative relatively models and picks up steam, or whatever else is actually out there, within the 5th dimension. —Ballo