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Be prepared to be blown away by Boom

(SAN DIEGO) The San Diego Repertory Theatre invites you to celebrate the beginning of a new year and the end of the world as we know it, when Boom hits the stage at the Lyceum in Horton Plaza on January 9, continuing through January 31.

Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, this dark and funny comedy tells the story of twenty-something marine biologist Jules, and his appealingly ferocious feminist companion, Jo, as they prepare for the apocalypse. Jules has turned his apartment into an underground lab and bunker to survive the end of life on earth as we know it. Dead sure that a comet is due to hit the planet in fewer than ten minutes; Jules has a plan to repopulate the human race. He meets Jo, a journalist-in-training, online and invites her over for a hookup that promises “sex to change the world.” But Jo has no intention of being stuck underground with a geeky madman for a doomsday dating game and so begins a sensational twist on the bedroom farce that is an uproariously funny mix of smarts, sex and social satire.

Throughout the month of January, approximately an hour before each performance, a variety of Boom inspired events will take place at the Lyceum, and although free to the public, they are meant as events that compliment the performance. A series of guest lecturers will explore topics like comets and their astrological composition, the birth of the universe in physics and mythology and even the Red Cross will be involved. The Red Cross presentations will include blood donations and an overview of disaster risks in San Diego County, how to develop an emergency plan, what to include in an emergency kit, and how to stay informed.

Steven Lone (Jules) and Rachael Vanwormer (Jo) will perform in their first show with The Repertory but both have impressive resumes. Lone’s recent credits include Cradeau in No Exit, John in The Listener and Nicolas in La Gaviota. Vanwormer has expressed her artistic talents in several plays, including The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Sugar Syndrome, Romeo and Juliet and Anthony and Cleopatra.

Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson will join them both on stage, as Barbara. Thompson received the 2009 Craig Noel/San Diego Critics Circle and Patte Awards for her role as Rose in August Wilsons "Fences" and the 2007 NAACP – Hollywood Theatre Excellence Award for Best Supporting Actress in Intimate Apparel.

Nachtrieb is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include T.I.C. Trenchcoat in Common, Boom, Hunter Gatherers, Colorado, Meaningless, and The Amorphous Blob. His immense body of work has been seen off Broadway and across the country. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. In January 2006, he was again honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.
The San Diego Repertory Theatre produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre, while promoting a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. In short, the San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul.