Judith Hawking as Penny at Southern Rep, Photo by John Barrois

THE TOTALITARIANS
"Nachtrieb's story of ambition run amok, scruples gleefully discarded, and desperate sexual desire is the funniest original script I have seen in this city in ages." - The Advocate

"-achieves a degree of timelessness in that he takes on not a single party or politician, but the entire political establishment. And he does it with a bite that raises the comedy to a cross between "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Dr. Strangelove."" - Times Picayune/Nola.com

"One of the most intensely insane pieces of comic writing to take the stage in a very long time." DC Metro Theatre Arts

"These four separate power struggles come to a head in the surprisingly action-packed finale, which features even grander sets, costumes, and stakes. In sheer manic giddiness, the play abruptly departs from an otherwise almost-believable tale of lust for power in Nebraska. But perhaps The Totalitarians seems to exceed belief only because it's premiering on a non-election year. Will the play feel more believable in hindsight by 2016? You betcha." DCist

"Nachtrieb's got a first class instinct for satire and human weakness and he’s pretty good with a dick joke to boot. It has been a while since I laughed so hard and so often as I did at Woolly's great, delightfully obscene production of this National New Play Network rolling premiere...I was equal parts thrilled and disgusted. Mostly thrilled." DC Theatre Scene

"Sharp, briskly paced, and very funny."
The Washingtonian

"a deeply funny and scathing take on 21st century American politics and culture." - Metro Weekly

We might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively-watchable candidate for state office enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine's husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients - one of whom opens his eyes to Penny's nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.

New Orleans, LA at Southern Rep, January 31-Feb 23 2014
Directed by Kenneth Pretininzi

Washington, DC at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, June 2-29 2014
Directed by Robert O'hara

San Francisco, CA at Z Space, November/December 2014
Directed by Kenneth Pretininzi

T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common)
Sebastapol, CA at the Main Stage West June 2014
Directed by Sheri Lee Miller

For a full listing of upcoming productions of my published plays, check out Dramatists Play Service's Page to Stage Tool
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