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boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

12 February 2012


Best Comedy – Austin Critics Table Nomination
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Kathy Catmull – B. Iden Payne Awards Nomination


Capital T presents


by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Directed by Mark Pickell

Costume Design by Cheryl Painter

May 31st-June 23rd

Thursday-Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre 511 W 43rd St

“Sex to change the course of the world…” With this line from a personal ad, marine biology grad student Jules lures journalism student Jo to his subterranean lab-turned-apartment, where he studies fish sleep cycles for signs of the apocalypse. And so begins one hell of a blind date, and a hilarious play. Rising American playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb tackles our fascination with myths about the origins (and end!) of life with this clever, sharp-witted doomsday comedy.

“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? 

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb tackles our fascination with myths about the origins (and end!) of life with this clever, sharp-witted doomsday comedy.

Cap T is proud to present this explosive comedy by the same playwright and director of the ferociously funny smash hit HUNTER GATHERERS. Directed by Mark Pickell (Austin Critics Table Award Best Director 2010, 2011) and starring the amazing Katherine Catmull (B Iden Payne Best Actress HAPPY DAYS) as Barbara, Brad Price (B Iden Payne Nomination HUNTER GATHERERS), and introducing Katy Taylor in her Austin stage debut as Jo.  

running time 90 minutes – no intermission

“Great comedic timing and exceptionally good physical acting come together to make “Boom” a raucous adventure in destiny and the end of the world.”

– Austin American Statesman

“With this clever comedy, Capital T treats us to a kinder, gentler doomsday”

– Austin Chronicle

“A unique, hilarious experience from one of Austin’s premiere companies”

– Austin Theatre Examiner

“Barbara, embodied by Katherine Catmull with disarming ardor and exquisite comic timing, cues us to what makes boom more than just another apoca-typical drama”

– Austin Chronicle

“a thrilling and hilarious ride that goes places you won’t find in many plays.”

– Austin Theatre Examiner

“‘Boom’ is energetic and entertaining, and the script captures enough of the cultural zeitgeist to make it more than simple slapstick”

– Austin American-Statesman

“[Katy Taylor and Brad Price] are a match made in Craigslist hell”

– Austin Chronicle


Jo – Katy Taylor

Jules – Brad Price

Barbara – Katherine Catmull

About the Playwright

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb – Playwright
is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include boom (TCG’s most-produced play 2009-10), T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common), Hunter Gatherers (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize), Colorado,and Multiplex. His work has been seen Off-Broadway and at theaters across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Public Theatre, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, Dad’s Garage, and in the Bay Area at Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He is under commission from South Coast Repertory and American Conservatory Theater, and is a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco. He holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He likes to promote himself online at