Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Plays written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb



Litter – (12 M/W) Meet the Framingham Dodecatuplets, 12 siblings born simultaneously thanks to the wonders of modern science. Together they form a vaudevillian troupe, exploiting the novelty of their situation through song and dance. Now fully grown, the Dodecatuplets find themselves abandoned by those who raised them, struggling to find gigs, and significantly less cute. Family tensions intensify and when a revelation rocks the very foundation of their beliefs, the Dodecatuplets are forced to reckon with their individual dreams and having to re-learn what a family is.

Meaningless – (2M 2W) San Francisco in the late 90′s: a world that now seems very far off: a world of little worry, abundant wealth, and lots of stock options. Enter Ted, a young, gay, heartbroken (his college boyfriend has just come out as straight) man, desperate to find some purpose to his life. Moving to San Francisco with his lesbian best friend, Linda, Ted tries to “find himself,” through abstinence, dot com slavery, chat room dates, anonymous sex, gay clubs, and lots of drinking. His journeys propel him to new lows of self absorption that isolate him further from anything or anyone who actually cares about him. When the economy crashes, so does Ted. Will Ted ever stop thinking about himself? Will he survive his narcissistic journey and find some pathway towards human decency and general happiness? Or will he become just another Abercrombie body fiend cruising every night at the Bar on Castro with a Long Island Ice Tea in his hand and a sample lube packet in the other?

Totalitarians – (2M 2W) It’s the “most important election of your lifetime” in Nebraska. Is candidate Penelope Easter the best thing to happen to the state or is she part of a conspiracy to transform it into a Totalitarian regime? A couple torn apart by their opposing personality types and careers, a conspiracist plagued with cancer and an overly aggressive politician make up the dark comedy that takes a look at politics and relationships and what happens when honesty and truth are hard to come by.

The Making of a Great Moment (1M 1W) – Mona Barnes and Terry Dean are on a momentous journey with an important mission: Tour the world the bicycle and bring humanity together with the power of theater. But our spirited heroes are faced with numerous obstacles to achieving their goal: technical limitations of their performance venues, unruly audiences, bad writing, broken bicycles, difficult terrain, blisters and back pain, the lack of laundry facilities or occasionally place to sleep and, of course, the challenge of being in close proximity, for many many many many days. But the greatest challenge to their mission is existential, a growing feeling of doubt and questioning: Why are they doing this? As their tour grinds forward the strain and questions only mount as they reckon with the scope and significance of their own lives…What will Mona and Terry’s Great Moment be?


Peter Sinn Nachtrieb 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), 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, Z Space, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Currently he’s working on a commission through the National New Play Network and New Dramatists Full Stage USA program, as well as an original musical . 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. He likes to promote himself online at

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