Under Pressure!

In-Person
Touring 24/25
Suggested for Grades 3-8 and Families

Created by David Epley, Seattle, WA and co-commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Family Theatre

Be amazed by the power of pressure – and what it can teach us.

Equal parts interactive science, comedy, and personal empowerment messages, Doktor Kaboom returns with a new show. Doktor Kaboom: Under Pressure! illustrates physical science concepts, which are also metaphors for real-life mental and emotional pressures.

Praised for keeping crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter, Doktor Kaboom is also known for empowering volunteers from the audience to be the heroes of the moment. In Under Pressure!, Kaboom validates the pressures some students may feel, and shares tools and life lessons as resources for dealing with the difficulties that face us all.


  • 60 Minutes – No Intermission
  • Sensory Inclusive or Relaxed performances available

learning connections
  • Science (Embedded Inquiry, Embedded Technology and Engineering)
  • Physical Science (Matter, Energy, Motion, Forces of Nature)
  • STEAM
  • 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)