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SOUTHERN REP ANNOUNCES FULL EVENT SCHEDULE AROUND MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION THE TOTALITARIANS BY PETER SINN NACHTRIEB

THEATRE NEWS * * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHERN REP MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, RACHEL GORMAN
504.943.5203 / pr@southernrep.com

NEW ORLEANS, LA (December 20, 2013) - Continuing its effort to create a more all-engrossing event experience for its audience members,Southern Rep is proud to announce a series of events around its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere production of THE TOTALITARIANS by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, January 29 - February 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (with a 3:00 pm Sunday Matinee) at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street.

ABOUT THE TOTALITARIANS 
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 speech writer. 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.

Originally commissioned by the National New Play Network in partnership with Full Stage USA at New Dramatists, a program made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Southern Rep's production of THE TOTALITARIANS stars New York-based actress Judith Hawking, Jessica Podewell, Leon Contavasprie and Ben Carbo will be performed in multiple spaces around Mid-City Theatre to deliver a uniquely participatory audience experience.

Note: THE TOTALITARIANS contains strong language and adult content. It is not recommended for children under 16.

THE TOTALITARIANS PERFORMANCE AND SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, Jan 29: Preview Performance, 8:00 pm (Tickets $20)

Thursday, Jan 30: Preview Performance, 8:00 pm (Tickets $20)

Friday, Jan 31: Preview Performance featuring a Panel Discussion on The State of Louisiana Politics. Performance, 8:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Tickets $25)

Saturday, Feb 1: Opening Night Performance, 8:00 pm (Regular ticket prices apply)

Sunday, Feb 2: Sunday Matinee Performance featuring a talkback with the cast/crew behind THE TOTALITARIANS. Performance, 3:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Regular ticket prices apply)

Thursday, Feb 6: Pay What You Can Night. Performance, 8:00 pm

Friday, Feb 7: Performance followed by Analyze It After-Hours in which a psychologist leads an in-depth discussion about the play and post-curtain catharsis. Performance, 8:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Regular ticket prices apply)

Saturday, Feb 8: Performance, 8:00 pm (Regular ticket prices apply)

Sunday, Feb 9: Sunday Matinee Performance featuring talkback with the cast/crew behind THE TOTALITARIANS. Performance, 3:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Regular ticket prices apply)

Thursday, Feb 13: Performance, 8:00 pm (Regular ticket prices apply)

Friday, Feb 14: Ladies Night! Free champagne in the lobby for ladies one hour prior to the performance, and featuring a Panel Discussion on Women in Politics. Performance, 8:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Regular ticket prices apply)

Saturday, Feb 15: Priority Patron Appreciation Night! Free champagne in the lobby for Southern Rep Priority Patrons one hour prior to the performance. Performance, 8:00 pm (Regular ticket prices apply)

Sunday, Feb 16: Sunday Matinee Performance featuring talkback with the cast/crew behind THE TOTALITARIANS, 3:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Regular ticket prices apply)

Thursday, Feb 20: Performance, 8:00 pm (Regular ticket prices apply)

Friday, Feb 21: Performance featuring a Panel Discussion about The History and Use of Rhetoric and Propaganda. Performance, 8:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Regular ticket prices apply)

Saturday, Feb 22: Performance, 8:00 pm

Sunday, Feb 23: Sunday Matinee Performance featuring talkback with the cast/crew behind THE TOTALITARIANS, 3:00 pm with discussion directly after the show (Regular ticket prices apply)

TICKET INFORMATION:

General Admission: $40
Discounted Tickets for students, seniors, and theatre professionals: $35
Members of the military and their families: $32
Teachers: $20
Student Rush: $10, 10 minutes before curtain

Tickets available for Southern Rep Priority Patrons: January 1

Tickets available for the General Public: January 8

Tickets only available at southernrep.com or by calling 504.522.6545

INTERVIEWS:

For interviews with the cast and crew including Judith Hawking, Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Director Kenneth Prestininzi, or Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes, please contact pr@southernrep.com.

LISTING INFORMATION

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

THE TOTALITARIANS

By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Directed By Kenneth Prestininzi

Featuring: Judith Hawking, Jessica Podewell, Leon Contavasprie and Ben Carbo

January 29 - February 23, 2014

8:00 pm (Sunday Matinee at 3:00 pm)

Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

ABOUT SOUTHERN REP 

Southern Rep Theatre enters its 27th season as the region's preeminent professional theatre, producing bold world and regional premieres under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes. Southern Rep's Mainstage Season work includes the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and classic plays, and it's Lagniappe Series DEBAUCHERY!, 6x6, 3x3, and Pints and Plays reflect the company's ongoing commitment to new play development. Southern Rep's innovative "school to stage" arts education programs, YONOLA and AcademySRT, serve as a pipeline for New Orleans' students and youth interested in pursuing their creative ambitions, and The Ruby Prize, a new play award (named in honor of civil rights veteran Ruby Bridges that honors women of color playwrights) supports a more diverse theatre community. This year's Mainstage Season is being presented "on the road," with each production presented at a different venue to offer a more all-engrossing event experience for audience members. It includes 33 VARIATIONS at the Contemporary Arts Center, PRIDE & PREJUDICE at Ursuline Academy, the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of THE TOTALITARIANS at Mid-City Theatre, and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA at The Art Klub. Southern Rep is also working to keep theatre as accessible as possible by providing senior discounts, free student matinees, $10 student rush tickets, discounts for theatre professionals, a Blue Star Network discount for military families, and a "Pay What You Can" night to keep its productions affordable for New Orleanians of every income level.

This production is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, The National New Play Network, Full Stage USA at New Dramatists, a program made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the generosity of individual donors.