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The Totalitarians

Full Length, Political Satire
2 men, 2 women
Total Cast: 4, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-3429-6


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: 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.
“Forget red versus blue, or donkey versus elephant. For those who are sufficiently disillusioned by Washington politics, the only important distinction between politicians is stupid versus evil. Kudos, then, to Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s hilarious political satire [which] combines the two into a maybe-evil, definitely-stupid candidate from hell…” — “The campaign trail gets considerably nastier—and a whole lot funnier—in Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s oh-so-dark political satire THE TOTALITARIANS. Sex, money, thorough misrepresentation and a total lack of scruples—perhaps even a well-timed murder or two—play comically toxic parts in the race for a statewide office…Nachtrieb’s mastery of plentiful, surefire, unexpected punch lines and circuitous plot twists is on full display.” — “THE TOTALITARIANS is the kind of hilarious but unsettling show in which a character gurgling on his own blood while he’s trying to make a speech gets huge laughs from the audience.” —