Tuesday, December 09, 2014
PACIFIC SUN -- Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s “The Totalitarians” is entering the final two weekends of what is being called a “rolling world premiere” sponsored by the National New Play Network, whose mission is to enable playwrights to work with member companies to develop promising scripts that will be produced in at least three of their theatres around the country. Nachtrieb’s bio is a local-boy-makes-good story. Raised in Mill Valley, he, after graduating from Marin Academy, earned a double degree in biology and theatre from Rhode Island’s Brown University, then returned to California for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at San Francisco State. His breakthrough was “Hunter Gatherers” (2007), an edgy look at the primitive urges that compete with accepted social norms in the psyches of today’s upwardly mobile professionals. Lauded for its originality, the play won the coveted Steinberg Award on a national level and the Will Glickman Prize for best new play in the Bay Area.