BOOM X

February 7 to February 25, 2023
Opening Night February 10
Spriet Stage

Written, Directed and Performed by Rick Miller

Running Time: 100 minutes including intermission

Age Recommendation: 10+

Content Advisory: In addition to some mature content/language and strobe lighting effects, patrons will also experience fashion choices from the 1970s and 80s.

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BOOM X

Upcoming Shows & Tickets

February 7, 2023 | 7:30pm   Get Tickets

February 8, 2023 | 7:30pm   Get Tickets

February 9, 2023 | 7:30pm   Get Tickets

February 10, 2023 | 8:00pm   Get Tickets

February 11, 2023 | 2:00pm   Get Tickets

February 11, 2023 | 8:00pm   Get Tickets

February 12, 2023 | 2:00pm   Get Tickets

February 14, 2023 | 7:30pm   Get Tickets

February 15, 2023 | 1:00pm   Get Tickets

February 15, 2023 | 7:30pm   Get Tickets

The Music, Politics, and Culture of Generation X

The Story

If you were given 100 minutes to encapsulate the essence of Generation X, where would you start?

Picking up where Boom left off—at Woodstock in 1969—Boom X tackles the music, culture, and politics of Generation X. Surrounded by stunning visuals, over the course of 100 minutes, Rick Miller plays more than 100 famous people—musicians, celebrities, politicians—in his own story of growing up and trying to navigate the tangled legacy of the Baby Boom.

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AfterWORDS

On Wednesday evenings, immediately after the performance, come up to the Drewlo Lounge for a brief guided discussion with Grand staff members, guest artists, and creative team members.

  • February 8, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • February 22, 2023

Creative Conversations

Enjoy cookies, tea or coffee, and stimulating discussion about Grand productions during Creative Conversations, pre-show in the Spriet Theatre. Arrive by 12:00pm to ensure you don’t miss out on insights from host James Stewart Reaney prior to the 1:00pm matinee.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Open Caption performance:  Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 2:00pm

Designated seating is reserved for best viewing of the stage and the screen. To book tickets, please email boxoffice [at] grandtheatre.com.

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From the Stage Door

“STUNNING… A marvellous mashup of media, verbatim theatre, jukebox musical and autobiographical confession.” - The Globe and Mail
“ASTONISHING… BOOM X is a miracle of timing and technology.” - Montreal Gazette
“When Rick first created BOOM, his one-person tour-de-force, it took off and toured extensively – including a wildly successful stop at the Grand Theatre. He’s back with the sequel, BOOM X. Surely, he will captivate us all once again. Generation X is my time. Bring on the stories, memories, and music!” - Dennis Garnhum, Grand Theatre Artistic Director
 

The Cast

Rick Miller
Rick Miller
 
Rick Miller - Writer / Director / Performer / Production Manager

Rick Miller (he/him) is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer / director / actor / musician / educator who has performed in five languages on five continents, and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as the BOOM Trilogy (BOOM, BOOM X, and BOOM YZ), MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL; and family shows with Craig Francis and Kidoons, such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Jungle Book, and Frankenstein. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. Current projects in development include MONEY, Andersen Fairy Tales and Rose Red - a new musical. Rick hosts an intergenerational podcast called Xing The Gap, and sometimes teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. He lives in Toronto with his partner Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters. www.rickmiller.ca

Production Team

Rick Miller
Rick Miller
Writer / Director / Performer / Production Manager
Rick Miller - Writer / Director / Performer / Production Manager

Rick Miller (he/him) is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer / director / actor / musician / educator who has performed in five languages on five continents, and who Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as the BOOM Trilogy (BOOM, BOOM X, and BOOM YZ), MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL; and family shows with Craig Francis and Kidoons, such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Jungle Book, and Frankenstein. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. Current projects in development include MONEY, Andersen Fairy Tales and Rose Red - a new musical. Rick hosts an intergenerational podcast called Xing The Gap, and sometimes teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. He lives in Toronto with his partner Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters. www.rickmiller.ca
Jeff Lord
Jeff Lord
Executive Producer
Jeff Lord - Executive Producer

Jeff has a lifelong passion and vision for combining art and technology to develop original works, including 7 world premieres, 6 Canada / US tours, 4 French-language world premieres, and 2 Off-Broadway runs over the past decade. His projects are inspired by a love of storytelling and innovation. Through Kidoons theatrical productions, and the many digital works on the Kidoons network, Jeff's artist collaborators help organizations to tell their stories onstage and online. Jeff works with Not-for-Profits, governmental, Non-governmental organizations, and corporate clients across Canada and the United States with a vision to inspire and empower all generations. He dedicates his work on this play to his mother, Evelyn Lord.
Craig Francis
Craig Francis
Stage Manager / Dramaturg / Original Illustrations
Craig Francis - Stage Manager / Dramaturg / Original Illustrations

Craig Francis (he/him) is a writer, director, illustrator, and multidisciplinary creator. His theatre productions have toured Canada and the US, including Off-Broadway in 2016 and 2019. A founding member of The 20K Collective, Craig co-created Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Game of Clones, and Jungle Book and with Rick Miller; and the theatrical, streaming, and comic book Frankenstein with Miller and Paul Van Dyck. He's a producer, dramaturg, and stage manager for Miller's solo trilogy (BOOM, BOOM X, and BOOM YZ) in Canada, the US, France, and Taiwan. With Miller, Craig co-directed a workshop of the Ben Wexler musical Blocked (TheaterWorksUSA); upcoming projects include CYNIC, Andersen Fairy Tales, and Rose Red. Craig is a mentor of emerging artists, and a speaker on LGBTQA2S+ issues. He performed improv comedy with Just For Laughs, CBC, CTV and Showtime. The animated shorts he co-creates for Kidoons and not-for-profits are seen by millions of viewers, and installed in museums in six provinces. Craig lives in Montréal, has illustrated several books, and voiced animated series.
Aidan Ware
Aidan Ware
Technical Director for Kiddoons/Associate Lighting
Aidan Ware - Technical Director

Aidan Ware hails from Calgary, Alberta, and is a graduate of the BFA Technical Theatre program at the University of Alberta. Upon completing an 18-month lighting practicum program at the Banff Centre, Aidan moved to Toronto where his creativity and passion for bringing new technologies to live performance have led him to work with various creative houses including Solotech, Moment Factory, TIFA, and Canadian Stage. Most recently, Aidan was the Director of Production for Fall for Dance North’s 8th annual festival. He continues to freelance as a Technical Director and Lighting Designer and is excited to be back on the road with the Boom Trilogy as the Technical Director for BOOM X.
Nicolas Dostie
Nicolas Dostie
Video & Projection Co-Designer
Nicolas Dostie - Video & Projection Co-Designer

An accomplished director, editor and visual artist, Nicolas Dostie studied Media Arts and Technology with a focus on television. With the arrival of the digital era in 2002, he became interested in large-scale architectural projection, and helped design the multimedia for the highly visual spectacle Cavalia. His design career then pushed him more and more into the worlds of theatre and circus. He worked for Ex Machina and Robert Lepage, on Le projet Andersen, the Jeux de Cartes series, 887 and Kodō, and with BOOM X, his work as co-designer has garnered several award nominations across Canada. Considered one of the pioneers in architectural projection, Nicolas has worked on the 2014 Sochi Olympics (with Pixmob), and the Cirque du Soleil productions Delirium, the Michael Jackson world tour, and Varekai. He currently teaches at CEGEP La Pocatière, passing on his knowledge to a younger generation.
Irina Litvinenko
Irina Litvinenko
Video & Projection Co-Designer
Irina Litvinenko - Video & Projection Co-Designer

Irina is a creative artist, graphic designer for print and web, and video production artist. She has worked on multimedia campaigns for Performing Arts Centers across Canada and the U.S. and managed event marketing campaigns ranging from The Joy of Dance Studio Toronto to TELUS Skins. Irina has been a longstanding multimedia collaborator with Rick Miller and Craig Francis, including assisting on onscreen media projections for MacHomer, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, and Game of Clones. Recent work includes branding and projections media design for BOOM X and BOOM YZ, for which she was nominated alongside Rick Miller and Nicolas Dostie for the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Projection or Video Design. Irina is the multimedia designer for Jungle Book, Frankenstein, and upcoming projects Andersen Fairy Tales and Rose Red. As a web and video production artist, Irina is the designer and production editor of the Kidoons Network animated series.
Bruno Matte
Bruno Matte
Lighting Designer
Bruno Matte - Lighting Designer

Bruno Matte was born in Quebec City and graduated from Cegep Limoilou in 2005 in audiovisual design. A music enthusiast, he began his professional career as a lighting designer for concerts. He began working with local artists, then moved to international acts ranging from Richard Séguin to Charlotte Cardin to Cypress Hill to Daniel Lanois. In an effort to expand his creative research, Bruno began working on several bold theatre productions. Whether with Ex Machina or Kidoons, he found ways to seamlessly integrate lighting with video, under very rigorous technical constraints. His spatial design exploration continued in the world of dance, where he has worked with several La Rotonde choreographers on productions such as Alan Lake and Le fils d'Adrien dance. Bruno regularly designs for the circus, which seems a natural fulfilment of his experience in music, theatre and movement. In productions ranging from Flip Fabrique or Machine de Cirque, the complexity of the work allows him to keep refining his craft. He now works as a production manager.
Virginie Leclerc
Virginie Leclerc
Costume & Props Designer
Virginie Leclerc - Costume & Props Designer

After a Bachelor’s degree in theatre and cinema from Université Laval, Virginie went on to study scenic design at Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Québec. She was the first recipient of the design scholarship Théâtre Blanc-Desjardins. She received Quebec’s Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture for costume designs on L’asile de la pureté (2009) and Fin de Partie (2012), and was nominated for Cyrano de Bergerac (2008) and Dans la République du Bonheur (2015). For Ex Machina, she toured with La Celestina (2004), designed props for La Tempête (2011), Jeux de Cartes : Pique (2012), Coeur (2013) and Lipsynch (2007), and costumes for Seven Streams of the River Ota (2019), Courville (2021 - nominated for best costume design) and Le Projet Riopelle (2023). She is also a frequent designer with other renowned Quebec-based companies, including Théâtre de la Bordée, Théâtre Périscope, Théâtre du Trident, and Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec. Virginie’s work on BOOM X has won Prix de Théâtre in 2021 for best costume design and she’s delighted to be working with Kidoons/WYRD.
Creighton Doane
Creighton Doane
Additional Music Production
Creighton Doane - Additional Music Production

Music producer / composer / sound designer/ songwriter / musician Creighton has worked with some of Canada’s best-known recording artists, and written and produced music for TV, jingles, theatre and film. Composition and sound design for theatre include The Importance of Being Earnest (NAC), Scott Thompson's The Lowest Show On Earth, The 39 Steps and A Few Good Men (Theatre Aquarius), Frost/Nixon (Canadian Stage), Tuesdays with Morrie (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), Salt-Water Moon, Jitters, The Norman Conquests (Soulpepper) and Rick Miller’s BOOM. Music producer/writer and post audio supervisor for CBC Kids TV show UKULELE U. Writer/producer of songs and themes for animated TV series (Beyblade, Barbie, Bakugan & Care Bears)

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