The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (2012 / 2013)

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NNPN as part of the Full Stage USA program

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include boom (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common), Hunter Gatherers (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize), Colorado, and Multiplex. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Public Theatre,  Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, and in the Bay Area at Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival.   His newest plays are BOB, (2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville) and Litter: The True Story of the Framingham Dodecutuplets, a commission for A.C.T. (2011).  Peter holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.  Peter is a member of New Dramatists, a resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco and often works at the Z Space Studio in San Francisco.   He likes to promote himself online at

The Totalitiarians was commissioned by NNPN as part of the Full Stage USA program, administered by New Dramatists.  Full Stage USA forging new partnerships with five producing entities across the country, and each partnership is designed to commission a writer to create a new script; provide one to two years of writer-driven support and Lab work at New Dramatists; culminate in a full production staged with the partner theatre; and support future productions and the play's continued life. In addition to NNPN, the partners are Cornerstone Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, and a network of alternative theatres in Austin. Each project is funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.