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Players Workshop begins with a boom!

By Michael Gottlieb, photos by Christine Foster

“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 catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

boom, Wed-Sat, Jan 25-28 & Wed-Sat, Feb 1-4, 8pm, Sun, Jan 29 & Feb 5,5pm, Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A, 200/150 pesos, Reserved Seating

Players Workshop begins its exciting 2012 theatrical season at Teatro Santa Ana with the imaginative, exhilarating boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Described by the Washington Post as “one of those charmed evenings” boom is an epic and intimate comedy, which explores the influences of fate versus randomness in the universe and life as we know it on the planet.

Boom is “literate, coarse, thoughtful, sweet, scabrously inappropriate, wracked by existential anxiety, and wonderfully humane…this is one end-of-the-world story that’s likely to leave you grinning from ear to ear,” as reviewed by The New Yorker. Boom burst onto American stages in 2009/2010 and was the most produced play nationwide by the prestigious 700 member strong Theatre Communications Group (TCG) during the year. From its debut, boom garnered rave reviews. The New York Times said of the show, “Mr. Nachtrieb has a gift for darkly funny dialogue and an appealing way of approaching big themes sideways. boom winds up speaking, quietly and piquantly, to our enduring fascination with and need for myths about the beginning of life as well as its end.” And the venerable Variety gushed, “Sex! Planet-ruining cataclysms! Loads of booze! We’re ready for whatever strange places boom wants to take us.” This Players Workshop 119th production is directed by playwright/director Christine Foster who directed the PW smash hit I Hate Hamlet in 2010 and is known for her out-of-the-box creativity and profound sense of theatricality.

Boom features three outstanding actors: Gwen Holmes, recently returned from three years study abroad at England’s esteemed Cygnet acting school, plays Jo, the troubled young undergrad majoring in Journalism, out for random fun who winds up the next potential Eve. Jill Gottlieb, a familiar face to Players Workshop fans in shows including War of the Roses, Art of Murder and Fiction, plays the mysterious Barbara who hosts the presentation of boom and fights for the preservation of history. Seth Sharp plays Jules, the brilliant, enthusiastic but inexperienced marine biologist who figured out the end of the world and plans for its rebirth, but doesn’t take into account the provocative eccentricity of his Eve. Seth is well known to San Miguel audiences, including for Players Workshop, ART and I Hate Hamlet, and has wowed audiences this past year in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Players Workshop is pleased to present boom in association with Dramatists Play Service, New York City. Due to adult themes, some coarse language and an onstage mass extinction event, boom is not recommended for children under 15.

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