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March 25-28: Next Studio Production is ‘Boom’

Play to be performed in Andreas Theatre.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 3-2-2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mike Lagerquist, public relations director for the Department of Theatre & Dance, wrote a feature story about Matthew Stairs, who plays Gaston in "Boom." The story describes how Stairs has been diagnosed with a rare condition called Stargardt Macular Distrophy, which prevents him from seeing directly in front of him, but does not let it deter him from his performance or lifelong goals. The story is available here:


Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s “Boom” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 25-28, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

A grad student’s online personal ad lures an unknown journalism student to his 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. But no matter what, the world keeps spinning.

“Boom” is directed by second-year master of fine arts acting candidate TS McCormick, who was last seen on stage as John Hinckley in the Mainstage production of “Assassins.” It features Matthew Stairs, a transfer sophomore bachelor of fine arts musical theatre candidate who received Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations for his previous roles as Gaston in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and John Wilkes Booth in “Assassins.”

Individual tickets for “Boom” are $10 regular, $9 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $8 for current Minnesota State students. They may be purchased online at; the box office will be closed until March 16, after which it will be open 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour before performances. Beginning March 16, call 507-389-6661. 

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