Boom opens at The West Side Show Room

PRESS RELEASE 06/03/2014

The West Side Show Room presents:


a play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb


The West Side Show Room presents the comedy boom, written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Mike Werckle.  boom tells the story of two college students who meet on craigslist for an evening of casual sex, but are thwarted by the apocalypse.


According to Nachtrieb’s website, the students “meet in a subterranean biology lab for an erotic ‘casual encounter.’ But there's nothing casual whatsoever about this particular evening. Will meaningless sex have meaning? What's going on in the fish tank? And who is that woman, Barbara, pulling levers in the corner? Something is about to explode.”


boom is like the Big Bang Theory meets Armageddon, with a bit of Twelve Monkeys,” says Werckle. “But in spite of the comedic premise, it has highly intelligent underpinnings. boom pits belief against science and ends up as a passion play for evolution.”


The New Yorker says "From pants-around-the-ankles comedy to hipster Twilight Zone takeoff… boom is imaginative and easy to like."


The cast includes Carolyn Cadigan as the mysterious museum docent “Barbara.”  Carolyn is the former drama instructor at Keith Country Day School and a co-founder of Rockford’s celebrated Artists’ Ensemble Theater.   Her most recent role was “Lady in a Leotard” in The West Side Show Room’s production of MilkMilkLemonade.


Playing science student Jules is another West Side Show Room veteran, Alex Ruano.  Originally from Rockton, Alex was trained in theater at University of the Pacific.  Recent roles include The Fiddler's Three at Rock Valley College's Studio Theatre, and a show-stealing turn as Etienne the butler in The West Side Show Room’s production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.


In her West Side Show Room acting debut, Rockford native Adriana Contreras plays journalism student Jo.  Adriana is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting & Directing from Rockford University, and recently appeared there as Lady Utterword in George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House.


The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  boom is their third play.


Mike Werckle (Artistic Director). Rockford native Mike Werckle completed the intensive Foundation Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992.  After a long career in the video game industry, he went on to earn his MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006.  Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike became a sought after Previsualization Animator and Visual Effects Artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators.  Mike recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.  Mike is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Animcorp, a full service animation and video production company which recently produced spots for Big Papa’s Barbecue, and Johnny Pamcakes.  


In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford with the goal of bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  He directed and acted in The West Side Show Room’s first two plays: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and MilkMilkLemonade.


Listing Information


The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry Street, Rockford



11 Performances: June 13 - 29

Thursday June 19, 26 @ 8pm

Friday June 13, 20, 27 @ 9pm

Saturday June 14, 21, 28 @ 9pm

Sunday June 15, 22, 29 @ 7pm


Ticket Donation:

$5 - $10


Reserve Seats: