LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour

LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour

LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour

This play was co commissioned by Doktor Kaboom, LLC and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first presented at the Kennedy Center with the world premiere during the 2014-2015 season.

Doktor Kaboom will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. At the dawn of the 19th century mankind first harnessed the power of electricity, the world changed and the journey still continues.

Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors.

Created by David Epley from Seattle, WA

Best for Grades 3-8 and Family Programming
60 Minutes – No Intermission
Photo Credit: Scott Suchman


  • Science: Embedded Inquiry, Embedded Technology and Engineering
  • Physical Science: Matter, Energy, Motion, Forces of Nature, Flow of Matter and Energy
  • Theatre: Character Acting, Comedy 
  • Health: Preventing Injuries
  • Social Emotional Learning: Self-Awareness (Self-Confidence), Social Awareness (Respect for Others), Self-Management (Perseverance, Positive Attitude), Responsible Decision Making

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“This show is what you want live children’s theatre to be.”

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“Doktor Kaboom is cool and so are his lessons about electricity, science, and the importance of self-confidence…The roar of cheers and applause from the audience proves that Doktor Kaboom’s teaching methods are as entertaining as they are educational.”

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“Deftly blending comedy with education, he not only gets plenty of chuckles, but also imparts knowledge on kids and adults alike better than any Bill Nye.” Click here: DC Theatre Scene