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“Sex to Change the Course of the World” – A grad student’s online personal ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab under the pretense of an evening of “no-strings attached” sex. But when a major global catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. Will they survive? What about the fish in the tank? And who is that woman pulling levers and playing the timpani? An epic and intimate comedy that spans over billions of years, boom explores the influences of fate versus randomness in the course of one’s life, and life as we know it on the planet.

Susan Wands in <i>boom</i> at Ars Nova. Photo by Wilson Chin.
Susan Wands in boom at Ars Nova. Photo by Wilson Chin.
Cast Requirements

1 man
2 women

Honors

Theatre Communication Group’s most produced play for the 2009-2010 Season.

Publisher

Dramatists Play Service

Press

“Mr. Nachtrieb has a gift for darkly funny dialogue and an appealing way of approaching big themes sideways.“
NY Times.

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Press

“From pants-around-the-ankles comedy to hipster ‘Twilight Zone’ takeoff…boom is imaginative and easy to like.“
—New Yorker

“Sex! Planet-ruining cataclysms! Loads of booze! We’re ready for whatever strange places boom wants to take us.”
—Variety

Production and Development History

World Premiere: Ars Nova, New York City (2008).
Developed: Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep.
Productions: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, Marin Theatre Company, Cleveland Public Theatre, and many others.