Friday, March 02, 2018

Muses and Stimulations

We had a Salon at Z Space on Monday and asked folks what is sparking their interest these days:  A form/topic/person/issue/medium/whatever.  Here's what people said:

Layering Images/Sounds *elemental
Passion and curiosity (opposite of stubborness)
Text Mixing
Where do I come from
Where am I going
New Immersive Audience Experiences
I’m interested in mixing artistic mediums
Pop Music
Finding the right container for work rather than relying on known structures/forms/containers
Cultural appropriation - who has a right to do what
Having a voice as a woman in her 50s
Places I’m not welcome
National color of countries
Silver Nitrate
The Chill
Deep Future
Climate Change (fallout)
Sea Level Rise
Politics of Hair
Open relationships
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Tossing Character Back and Forth Like Hot Potato
Are we post human
People’s life philosophy, esp in books, after they die.
How do we get here and how do we get out?
The reason for doing something
Explosion of Anrachists (1917) Emma Goldman
Shared or shareable units/bits of thoughts
Resin Art (spontaneous art work, uncontrolled circumstances and their results)
Channelling and mediumship
Tarot and exploring intuition
How belief systems can change on a dime
Racism & Comedy
Audience as participant/artist and are we all equal
Laughter in tragedy
Is it possible to write an engaging, serious story that has a happy ending?
Unknowability and character.  curious about stereotypes.
Discovery of new ideas and perspectives that breaks your mold of the world.
Cosmic Origins.  *on a rick hurling through space.
Listening - how to listen better to other people in life while making work
being a traveler in my own ?? (I can’t read it!)

Also, should I start blogging again?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Peter Nachtrieb 2013 general Update

Happy Spring!  I write this to you from the Jury Assembly room of the San Francisco Hall of Justice.  While the jury instruction video is playing,  I would love to share an update of all the exciting careerish things that are in store for me in the coming year and slightly beyond.  I was supposed to send this in January, but you know, things happened.  And things are happening!

Exciting things like -
* An Artistic Home - And I'm doing a fundraising walk for them!
* A World Premiere!
* An awesome musical.
* Continued life of my slightly older stuff!!
* I'm raising money for my artistic home.

Z SPACE - My (salaried!) Artistic Home in San Francisco
Z Space has been my ad hoc San Francisco home since I squatted in its hallways and rehearsal rooms in 2005 and has been my happy place ever since.  As of January 3 2013, I am now the Playwright in Residence at the Z Space Studio in San Francisco.  I've got a nice desk, a key and alarm code and, thanks to the grant we got from the Andrew W Mellon foundation, a full time salary for the next three years!
I'll be involved in Z in all sorts of ways, plus will be writing at least one thing that will premiere there during my residency.  I'm so so excited to be working with Lisa Steindler and the whole Z Team and I'm so excited my crisis about what the hell I'm doing with my life has now been pushed into my 40s.  

More about Z Space at
More about the Mellon Residency at

THE TOTALITARIANS - A World Premiere - New Orleans and Washington DC 2014
My dark comedy THE TOTALITARIANS is getting it's world premiere in early 2014!  And I think it's a pretty good play.  It's about lying, believing things without facts, and the state of political discourse in America.   It's kinda dark, pretty funny, a little mean, good chunks of sex and death plus my attempt at writing political speeches that are rousing, inspirational, and meaningless.

A blurb about the play: (which I am stealing from Woolly Mammoth):
Francine, the ambitious speechwriter for a rich housewife’s vanity campaign for public office, has stumbled upon pure gold: a perfectly patriotic slogan. So what if it’s totally meaningless? And so what if her doctor husband disapproves? With it Francine can turn the campaign around and make her unpredictable, gaffe-prone candidate electrifyingly powerful—and finally, just maybe, get herself out of Nebraska.  

A commission for the National New Play Network through the New Dramatists Full Stage USA program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (yes, I'm super melloned). 


NEW ORLEANS, January 2014, Southern Repertory Theatre!
Directed by Ken Prestininzi and featuring Judith Hawking as Penelope Easter

WASHINGTON DC, June 2014 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Directed by Robert Ohara

(and probably somewhere else after that TBA)

Follow the politician Penelope Easter at

Some other New Stuff i'm working on
FALL SPRINGS: A Musical Disaster
I continue to work with amazing composer/collaborator Nikos Tsakalakos on our Global Warming disaster musical, FALL SPRINGS: A Musical Disaster.    It's about a town sinking into the ground and nobody does a whole lot to stop it.  We had our first workshops at New Dramatists last fall and at Ars Nova in NYC this past February (postponed from our first workshop attempt in October due to Superstorm Sandy.  And which a reading took place during the big blizzard.   This all seems appropriate.)   
Read more (slightly outdated information) here:

A short play about food
I'm writing a 20 minute play about food as part of a collection of 20 20 minute plays about food commissioned by Berkeley Rep.  Mine features actors in vegetable costumes.  


BOB  and T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common) are now published by Dramatists Play Service.

Bob has already seen productions this year at the Aurora in Lawrenceville, GA, The Geva in Rochester, and a 42 minute version made it to regionals in the Texas One Act competition via Keller High School.  Echo Theater in LA is doing it this summer.  Plus, I see there are also productions coming up in Cape Coral, Fl and Kingston, RI, 

Buy a copy of T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common)

Boom, Hunter Gatherers, and Colorado
Are all continuing to be done.   boom has now had over 70 productions across the globe (including Kuala Lumpur), and saw its first foreign language production in Buenos Aires, translated by local Actor Nicolas Waller. Que bueno.  Hunter Gatherers is slated for productions in Las Vegas, Chicago and also has French translation and team desperately in need of a producer!

Z Space is having it's 20th Anniversary Fundraiser, the Rent Walk.  Z is housed in the lovely Project Artaud complex and supporting over 300 artists/year and maintaing their two beautiful spaces ain't cheap.  They are hoping to raise 20K in their quasi-annual Rent Walk, where I will be donning sturdy shoes and trucking around.  Consider this the much shorter not as ambitious and less medically oriented but still VITAL and well spent support of making the world a better place. 

Please consider making whatever donation you can to make sure my desk remains in a covered room!  Will you sponsor me in my walk to raise money for this amazing arts organization in San Francisco?

TO donate you can head here, and say you're sponsoring me!  
(More info on the Z Space RENT WALK is here:

OK, that's about it for now.  Thank you all for your continued support, friendship, patronage or lack of support, evilship, and ignorance depending who you are.  

As always, my website, has lots of the latest information or your enjoyment.
I semisweet at @PeterNachtrieb but not sure how I feel about it.

Lots of love!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This should be fun.

One of the legs of my "rolling world premiere" announced!  Check out their whole amazing season.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A little bit about how I'm earning a salary for the next three years

in this article in American Theatre Magazine!

Longer posts soon.

Friday, March 01, 2013

A nice new site to dicuss theater and technology. Interesting!

Florida Sinkhole Swallows House, Man Trapped Inside

Florida Sinkhole Swallows House, Man Trapped Inside: ABCNEWS.COM - A family awoke to discover their home being swallowed by a 15-foot sinkhole.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Every playwright's deepest fear

Saturday, February 16, 2013

T.I.C. Hot off the press!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Fall Springs Act 2

Monday, January 28, 2013

Writing a Song About Fracking

Today I'm working on a song that uses Hydraulic Fracturing as a metaphor for sex and reckless dreams.  Translation --> Awesome Song!
In the spirit of creative procrastination I'll post some updates on here on how it's going. 
Here are some of the rhymes I got so far:
Release The Kracken
Lets Get Cracking