Written, directed and performed by Rick Miller, BOOM is an explosive new solo performance that documents the music, culture and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation (1945-1969). BOOM takes us through 25 turbulent years, and gives voice to over a 100 influential politicians, activists and musicians. It's a mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations.
Originally commissioned by the Stratford Festival, BOOM premiered in January 2014 in Calgary at the High Performance Rodeo, co-presented by Theatre Calgary and One Yellow Rabbit. Touring will begin in 2014-2015, including a run with Mirvish Productions in Toronto. The stage show is part of a larger transmedia project that Jeff Lord (EnTechneVision) and Rick Miller have established to raise awareness about financial literacy, cultural awareness, and history. Craig Francis also joins this team as head of children's development.
BOOM chronologically documents a historical period stretching from that first ‘Boom’ in 1945 all the way to the explosion of Apollo 11 bringing the first human beings to the Moon. Those two iconic moments span 25 of the most tumultuous years in modern history, fuelled by a generation of children who wielded incredible influence due to their numbers and to the advances of technology and communication. In the BOOM generation, politics and culture merged like never before – and perhaps never again.
Through cutting-edge multimedia, unforgettable characters and tour-de-force storytelling, BOOM allows you to experience the global events as they unfold: the Cold War, McCarthyism, Beatlemania, Trudeaumania, JFK, MLK, Mao, Vietnam… The various stories spiral into the “The Summer of Love”, and BOOM ends as it began: with a new generation born into a new world order.
RICK MILLER: Writer/director/performer
RAVI JAIN: Directing consultant
YANNIK LARIVEE: Set/Costume/Props Designer
DAVID LECLERC: Projection Designer
BRUNO MATTE: Lighting Designer
CREIGHTON DOANE: Composer & Sound Designer
LOGOGRAPH: Design, Multimedia and Marketing
For more info, visit www.boomshow.ca