Theatre NOVA presents the Michigan premiere of “The Totalitarians”


Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the Michigan premiere of “The Totalitarians” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.

Politician Penelope Easter is a disaster of a candidate: impulsive and crass, with a closet full of skeletons. When she enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued political operative, the two embark on a madcap journey of sex, money, complete misrepresentation of facts, and a total lack of scruples – on their way to political fame. Only time (and a mysterious stranger bent on revolution) will tell if their ends justify their means, or if justice will find them in the end. This raucous dark comedy lampoons “reality politics,” the state of modern discourse, and life in a post-truth world.

Sayre Fox as Francine and Joe Zarrow as Jeffrey in “The Totalitarians” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb at Theatre NOVA. Photography by Golden Record Media Company.

Directed by Carla Milarch, “The Totalitarians” features Diane Hill, Connor Forrester, Sayre Fox, and Joe Zarrow. The production team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting design), Haley Cook (costume design), Aliyah Kiesler (sound design), and Alona Shewach (stage manager).

“The Totalitarians” will run September 7 through September 30, 2018, at Theatre NOVA (410 W. Huron, Ann Arbor), a downtown performance space. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Theatre NOVA features free parking for patrons, as well as quick access to the city’s restaurants, bars, bakeries, and coffee shops.

Tickets are $22, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to making theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. For tickets, visit, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 3 p.m.), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before show time.

Theatre NOVA is Ann Arbor’s resident professional theatre company. Its mission is to raise awareness of the value and excitement of new plays and playwrights and provide resources for playwrights to develop their craft by importing, exporting, and developing new work.


Penny – Diane Hill
Ben – Connor Forrester
Francine – Sayre Fox
Jeffrey – Joe Zarrow

Production Team:
Director: Carla Milarch
Set design: Forrest Hejkal
Lighting design: Daniel C. Walker
Costume design: Aliyah Kiesler
Sound design: Haley Cook
Stage Management: Alona Shewach

“The Totalitarians”
by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Theatre NOVA, 410 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Box office: 734-635-8450,
Tickets: $22 (Pay-what-you-can tickets available for every performance)

Sept. 7-30, 2018

Fri., Sept. 7, 8:00 p.m. Opening Night
Sat., Sept. 8, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 9, 2:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 13, 8:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 14, 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 15, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 16, 2:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 20, 8:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21, 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 22, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 23, 2:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 27, 8:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 29, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30, 2:00 p.m.

Theatre Nova
410 W. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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