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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention


by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
directed by John Vreeke

featuring company members Kimberly Gilbert and Sarah Marshall, with Aubrey Deeker


Appropriate for ages 16 & up.
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

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About the Show

“Sex to change the course of the world…” A grad student’s personal ad lures a randy journalism coed to his subterranean lab, where he studies fish sleep cycles for signs of the apocalypse. Will their “intensely significant coupling” lead to another big bang, or is mankind’s fate in the hands of someone watching from outside the fishbowl?

It's a happy fit all around, one of those charmed evenings when a company finds a play that's squarely in its wheelhouse and gets just the right people involved. The writing is terribly smart...
and Vreeke and company match that standard with
savvy of their own. BOOM, INDEED.
Washington Post

UPROARIOUSLY FUNNY. It’s 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.
City Paper

this excellent play is fascinating to watch
Metro Weekly

– Variety


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Who's Who


Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

PETER SINN NACHTRIEB is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include boom, Hunter Gatherers, Colorado, Meaningless, and The Amorphous Blob.  Hunter Gatherers received the 2007 American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Award for best new play to premiere outside of New York and the 2007 Will Glickman Prize for best new play in the Bay Area.  His work has been seen (or will be seen in 2008) off Broadway and across the country at Ars Nova, SPF, Seattle Rep, Cleveland Public Theatre, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, the Bailiwick Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, Dad’s Garage, and the Magic Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Killing My Lobster, Playground, and Impact Theatre in the Bay Area.  He is currently under commission from Encore Theatre Company (SF) and South Coast Rep and is a 2008 Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco.  Peter holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.  He likes to promote himself online at


JOHN VREEKE most recently directed the critically-acclaimed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Forum Theater, The K of D for Woolly Mammoth, and received positive critical notice for his re-invention of Fiddler on the Roof for Olney Theater Center.  He directed Karen Zacarias’ new children’s play Chasing George Washington at the Kennedy Center.  Also for Woolly Mammoth, John directed Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, which received four Helen Hayes nominations, including those for direction and production, Homebody/Kabul (co-production with Theater J), and Our Lady of 121st Street.  He has received Helen Hayes Award nominations for his adaptation and direction of Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Washington Shakespeare Company) and direction of Ari Roth’s Born Guilty (Theater J).  During his time in DC, he has also directed the critically acclaimed productions of Tiny Alice and Death and the Kings Horseman (WSC), Death and the Maiden, the world premieres of The Tattooed Girl and Bal Masque (Theater J), Opus and Red Herring (Everyman Theatre),  One Good Marriage and For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (MetroStage), and The Monument (Theater Alliance).  John directed the season opener for Charter Theatre, a co-production with the Source Festival of Chris Stezin’s This Perfect World.



AUBREY DEEKER (Jules) is thrilled to be working again with John Vreeke and Woolly Mammoth, where he last appeared in Homebody/Kabul.  Other local credits include Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Edward II, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Love's Labor's Lost (mainstage and RSC), and Lorenzaccio at The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Crime and Punishment, Camille, and Tabletop at Round House Theatre; The Clandestine Marriage at Folger Theatre; The Cripple of Inishmaan at Studio Theatre; The Grapes of Wrath at Ford's Theatre; Hamlet at Rep Stage; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me at Everyman Theatre; One-Flea Spare with The Kennedy Center Artists-in-Residence;the world premiere of Snu Wilson's Lovesong of the Electric Bear with Potomac Theatre Project; The Other End of the Leash with Olney Theatre/Playwright's Forum; and Blue/Orange, Mary's Wedding, Slaughter City, and Tales from Ovid at Theatre Alliance.  Regional credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Manteo Theatre Festival.  He can also be seen as Terry Hanning on season five of HBO's The Wire.  Aubrey is a graduate of The School of Drama at The North Carolina School of the Arts.


KIMBERLY GILBERT (Jo) is all a-glow to be a part of Boom, performing for the first time with her roommate Aubrey, sharing the stage again with Sarah, and back under the beautiful wing of John Vreeke.  A Woolly company member since 2006, she has performed in The K of D, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Big Death & Little Death, and Cooking with Elvis.  She returns again at the end of the season in Fever/Dream.  Kimberly’s other DC credits include the all-female Romeo & Juliet, Bootleg Henry VIII, Bootleg Cymbeline, Let X, And Then it Faster Rock’d, and Cardenio Found (Taffety Punk Theatre Company, where she is also a company member), Redshirts (Round House Theatre), A Light in the Storm (The Kennedy Center), Othello (Folger Theatre), By Tooth or By Tongue (Source Theatre), and Antony and Cleopatra (Washington Shakespeare Company).  She is a proud graduate of the 2001 class of The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting.  Lots of love to her family.


SARAH MARSHALL (Barbara) most recently performed in Maria/Stuart at Woolly Mammoth where she is a company member.  Her other performances at Woolly include Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Clean HouseMartha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, The Dead Monkey, In the Blood, The Mineola Twins, Vampires, Wanted, and Spain.  Last season, she was at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Karen Zacarias' The Book Club Play, which she also performed in at Round House Theatre.  Sarah has performed and taught in Washington for 25 years.  She teaches acting at Georgetown University and Duke Ellington.


Set Design…Thomas Kamm
Lighting Design…Colin K. Bills
Sound Design…Neil McFadden
Costume Design…Ivania Stack
Properties Master…Jennifer Sheetz
Fight Choreography…John Gurski
Dramaturg…Elissa Goetschius
Production Stage Manager…William E. Cruttenden III

Schedule & Prices

Post show discussions:

  • Wednesday, November 5th: MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT Q&A
  • Saturday, November 8th: MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT Q&A
  • Wednesday, November 12th: MEET-THE-CASTQ&A
  • Sunday matinee, November 16th: MEET-THE-DIRECTOR-AND-DESIGNERS Q&A
  • Thursday, November 20th: MEET-THE-CAST Q&A
  • Saturday, November 22nd: Science panel discussion, click for more info...


Section A
Section B
Previews (first week)
Mon 8pm
Tues 8pm
Wed 8pm
Thurs 8pm
Sat 8pm
Regular run:
Wed 8pm
Thurs 8pm
Fri 8pm
Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm
Sun 7pm

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Directions & Parking


641 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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Nearby landmarks:

Woolly Mammoth is located in the bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood on D Street between Oyamel and Rasika restaurants, around the corner from TicketPlace, and down the street from Shakespeare Theatre Company's Lansburgh theatre. We are two blocks north of the National Archives and National Gallery of Art and two blocks south of the Verizon Center and the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery.


  • Take the Yellow or Green line to Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. Get off at 7th Street and Indiana Avenue, walk up 7th Street about a block, turn right on D Street, and you will see us.
  • Take the Red, Yellow, or Green lines to Gallery Place-Chinatown. Get off at the 7th and F Street exit, walk two blocks down 7th Street (toward The National Museum of Crime and Punishment), and turn left onto D Street, you will see us immediately on your left.
  • Check train schedules here


  • The 70, 71, D1, D3, and D6 buses stop at the corner of 7th Street and E Street. Get off of the bus, walk south on 7th Street (toward Jaleo), continue 1 block and turn left on D Street, we are immediately on your left.
  • The P1, P2, P6, 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, and 54 buses stop at 7th Street & Pennsylvania Ave. Head north on 7th Street toward Indiana Ave. (you will see the Metro stop for Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter-Gallery Place). Walk about 2 blocks and turn right onto D Street, we are on the left.
  • Not all of these buses have the same route for both directions, so please use WMATA's Trip Planner here.


There is limited metered street parking in the Penn Quarter near Woolly Mammoth, in addition to the following parking garages:

  • LAZ, 325 7th St. NW (entrance is on D Street, directly across from the theatre). Open late during Woolly productions, $10 evening rate when you mention you’re going to Woolly.
    Mobility-impaired patrons, please be aware: LAZ shuts off its elevators on the weekends. Mobility-impaired patrons who wish to use this garage should ask the attendant to park their car in the garage for them. Other options include the Interpark garage at 616 E St. NW which offers an elevator that lets out onto 7th St. opposite The Shakespeare Theatre.
  • Interpark, 616 E St NW. Open until 11pm Sunday - Friday and 1am Saturday, $9/hour (maximum $20).
  • Interpark Liberty Place, 325 7th St. NW. Open late during Woolly productions.
  • Colonial Parking, 601 Pennsylvania Ave (entrance at 6th & C). Open until midnight Monday - Saturday and until 11 pm Sunday, $10 flat evening and weekend rate.*

Garage prices and hours subject to change without notice

Driving Directions

From Virginia via I-395: When crossing the river bear left towards the 14th Street exit. Follow 14th Street, until Constitution Avenue and take a right. Turn left on 6th Street and another left onto D Street NW. (Note, earlier directions indicated the 12th Street Exit, which is currently closed for construction.)

From Virginia via I-66: Take I-66 into the District when it becomes US-50. Turn left onto 7th St NW. Turn right onto D St NW.

From Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac and points west: Reach Wisconsin Ave., NW via either Interstate 270 and River Road or Rockville Pike (which becomes Wisconsin Ave.) Remain on Wisconsin Ave. until reaching Massachusetts Ave., NW just south of the National Cathedral. Take Massachusetts all the way to 9th St. Turn right on 9th. Turn left on D St.

From Rt. 50, Baltimore and points east: Reach New York Ave., NE via either Rt. 50, I95 or the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Remain on New York Ave. all the way downtown to 6th St., NW. Turn left on 6th St. Turn right on D St.


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Sarah Marshall


Kimberly Gilbert and
Aubrey Deeker


“What a fun, stimulating show this is. What begins as a simple romantic-comedy transforms itself into a full-blown sci-fi fantasy,” states Howard Shalwitz. “Peter’s unexpected vision of the future of life on planet Earth combines braininess, zaniness, and quite a bit of compassion. He asks us to think about the precarious nature of our existence, while at the same time celebrating the resilience of life, both great and small. We’re thrilled to introduce playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb to Washington with Boom, and to welcome a collection of our favorite eccentrics – Vreeke, Marshall, Gilbert, and Deeker – back to the Woolly stage.”

Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of Boom:

J. Chris Babb & James Martin
Lorraine Chickering
Lis & Kevin Driscoll
Jane McGrath Neal

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