• The Totalitarians

    FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 4, 2018

    by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

    Springs Ensemble Theatre kicks off its ninth season with the dark comedy The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.

    Election season. Nebraska. Francine, a silver-tongued campaign manager, is recruited by Penny, a candidate for lieutenant governor who talks a lot, says little, and means even less.  As Francine helps Penny rise in the polls, Francine’s marriage suffers. Her husband Jeffrey, a doctor, finds himself lying to a dying patient, Ben, who opens Jeffrey’s eyes to Penny’s nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State, convincing Jeffrey that Penny must be stopped.  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.

    The Totalitarians is directed by SET President Matt Radcliffe. Sarah Sheppard Shaver plays Francine, the ambitious campaign manager who catapults candidate Penny Easter, played by Holly Haverkorn, to the top of the polls. Taylor Geiman portrays Francine’s luckless husband, who finds himself as one-half of a two-man coup with a rebellious young man named Ben, played by Danté Finley.

    Cast and Production Team


    Sarah Sheppard Shaver Francine
    Holly Haverkorn Penny
    Taylor Geiman Jeffrey
    Danté Finley Ben

    Production Team

    Holly Haverkorn Executive Producer
    Matt Radcliffe Co-Producer/Director
    Amber Singleton-Carlton Co-Producer
    Gabriel Espinoza-Lira Co-Producer
    Carley Crowder Stage Manager
    Marie Verdu Scenic Designer
    Sarah Sheppard Shaver Costume Designer
    Kitty Robbins Lighting Designer
    Taylor Geiman Sound Designer
    Jillmarie Peterson Props Designer