Capital Stage to Wrap 2015-16 Season with THE TOTALITARIANS
Capital Stage completes its 2015/16 Season with the Sacramento Premiere of The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Capital Stage Co-Founder Peter Mohrmann. This "Riotous political comedy" - Bay Area Reporter, takes the audience on the campaign trail with retired roller derby star turned candidate for Lt. Governor, Penelope Easter! A dark political satire that promises to be the perfect tonic for this election year's headaches, The Totalitarians will run from June 22 through July 24, 2016 with a Press Opening on Saturday, June 25 at 8pm.
Channeling the subversive spirit of The Colbert Report, The Totalitarians is a viciously funny vivisection of the frenzy that is American politics. When dopey Nebraska candidate (and former roller derby star) Penelope Easter surges in popularity following a go-for-broke speech, her adviser Francine embarks on a wild ride of professional and personal upheaval as she fights to push her client onto the national stage. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's raucous dark comedy digs into the hypocrisy of politics with scathing wit and reckless abandon, featuring a script that DC Metro Theatre Arts hailed as "one of the most intensely insane pieces of comic writing to take the stage in a very long time."Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, 6'6", is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include boom (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), BOB, (2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award), T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common), Hunter Gatherers (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize, produced by Capital Stage in 2010), Colorado, and Litter: The True Story of the Framingham Dodecutuplets. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Diego Rep, and in the Bay Area at A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. His commission through the National New Play Network and New Dramatists Full Stage USA program, The Totalitarians, premiered in 2014 at Southern Rep, Woolly Mammoth and Z Space. Projects in process include an original musical called Fall Springs: A Musical Disaster (with composer/lyricist Nikko Tsakalakos) and A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion led by guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry, A Z Space commission. 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 and is the Playwright in Residence at Z Space in San Francisco. He likes to promote himself online at www.peternachtrieb.com.
The Totalitarians will be directed by Capital Stage Co-Founder Peter Mohrmann (The Santaland Diaries, Maple & Vine, The North Plan, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Or, Fiction, and others). The cast will feature Jamie Jones (Tribes,How I Learned To Drive, Dinner With Friends), Kelley Ogden (Rapture, Blister, Burn, Hunter Gatherers, It's A Wonderful Life), Cassidy Brown (The North Plan, Hunter Gatherers), and Casey Worthington (Capital Stage debut). The production design team will include Stephen Decker (scenic design), Ron Madonia (lighting design), Rebecca Redmond (costume design), Ed Lee (sound design), Thom Green (properties design), and Russell Dow (projections design).
Performances for The Totalitarians will begin with three previews on Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm, Thursday, June 23 at 8pm, and Friday, June 24 at 8pm. The production will open Saturday, June 25 at 8pm. Performances continue through Sunday, July 24, 2016. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. General ticket prices range from $25-45. Discount tickets are available as follows: Preview tickets are $20; Student Rush tickets are half-priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $2 off regular-priced tickets (excluding Saturday evenings); Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular-priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rate tickets are $5 off each for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org.