‘In the Boom Boom Room’ Featured as Part of Second Stage Series



Nov. 22, 2010 – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform “In the Boom Boom Room” at 7:30 Dec. 8-11 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.

This dramatic production, written by David Rabe and focusing on the darker side of American life, has been nominated for a Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play. Amy Fritsche, Southeast assistant professor of musical theatre/acting/directing, will direct the production.

The “In the Boom Boom Room” centers on the life of a young woman named Chrissy who moves to Philadelphia in the 1960s seeking stardom. After failing to find work she takes a job as a go go dancer in a night club. Dancing at Big Tom’s Boom Boom Room plunges Chrissy into a world of sex, violence, and drugs. 

Throughout the play she is required to deal with the issues created by her entanglement in this seedy new world.  Chrissy must navigate through a string of unsuitable partners and her friendship with a gay neighbor.  She is also forced to examine the issues that led to her move to Philadelphia, including a sexually abusive father and a heartless mother.  Chrissy’s determination to survive and her continuing quest for love bring hope to even the most depressing situations.

This play compels the audiences’ emotions and according to Newsweek offers “compassion for anguished people leavened by a black wit and a powerful sense of the surreal nature of modern life.” 

This play contains adult language and adult subject matter.


Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Boom,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.