Johnna Adams’ masterpiece makes a return!

We’re raising money thru our IndieGoGo campaign for our Fall and Winter programming. In addition to Waving Goodbye, the other full production in this season is Johnna Adams’ LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS. Boomerang produced “Lickspittles…” in 2013 as part of our last rep season, and response could not have been more clear: We need to see more of this play! So we are remounting it in rotating rep with Waving Goodbye (“Givin’ the People…Give the People what the Want!”).

What makes “Lickspittles…” special? There are so many things. First, it’s a story totally written in various forms of verse, from rhyming couplets to limericks to sestinas to free verse. It’s an amazing piece of writing. When Associate Artistic Director John Hurley got hold of it, he made it into a remarkable evening in the theatre. Three nutty Danish court officials try to save Denmark from destruction by going to France and thwarting Napoleon, but happen to meet their equals in the female court officials from France. Love, loss, history, lust, pride and most of all laughter are the DNA of this play, so much so that we knew we had to revisit it.

Part of our mission is to develop new work. Once developed, the other side of our mission kicks in: the provide the brightest spotlight we can for this work, making sure that audiences get as much access to it as possible. Hundreds have people have seen the show so far, our goal now is to get thousands of people to see it. This play is too dynamic to be shuttered away.

We still need your help to make this a reality. Please make a donation to our campaign to help bring LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS back this Winter. Everyone who donates $25 gets complimentary tickets to both of these plays in our rep.

Join our team, support the cause, and be a part of all the love and laughter.

You can make a donation here. 

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Raising money with perks and pies, all to produce a play I love

Hi all…we’ve been talking all week about raising money with our IndieGoGo campaign, and talking about the cool perks each donation can have. We’ve also been trying to incentivize you with the notion of pies in the face of our staff. It’s been wonderful to see how many people are supporting our work.

The work…this brings me back to the reason we are raising money in the first place. Around 2001, I fell head over heels in love. Unabashedly, whole heartedly in love with a new play that came across my desk as I was reading scripts. The play was about two heartbroken women, a mother and a daughter. The man who is husband and father in the play has died in a mountain climbing accident, and each woman is trying to put the pieces of their respective life back together. Not only do they feel the incredible loss of father and husband, they also are left with each other. Mourning, angry, hiding, scared, figuring it out. Loving too much and loving not enough and maybe doing it all wrong and just trying to get thru.

The play was on fire on the page. I couldn’t stop reading it, couldn’t stop carrying it around, couldn’t stop telling people about this amazing story.

That play is WAVING GOODBYE by Jamie Pachino.

After several years of negotiating and a few near misses, Boomerang is so incredibly proud to be presenting the New York Premiere of WAVING GOODBYE this winter, directed by the extraordinary Jordana Williams.

I CANNOT WAIT to begin casting, I CANNOT WAIT to begin preproduction and rehearsals, and I CANNOT WAIT for you to sit in the audience and share in this remarkable play.

This is why we do what we do. Because remarkable plays come into our lives, without ever a plan on how they get here, and we have to do them. We have to. No matter what the cost in dollars, in sleep, in sacrifices. We have to.

Every donor who joins this campaign with us becomes a part of the Waving Goodbye family. Please make a donation of any size.

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Donate to our campaign, and we’ll take a pie in the face!

You read that right. Our team is committed to raising money for our Fall/Winter season. So with each milestone hit, we’re getting hit as well.

With a pie in the face.

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Would you like to see these people get hit with pies?

When we hit the $2500 mark, Artistic Director Tim Errickson is going get hit with a cream pie, right in the mug.

Wanna see Managing Director Sue Abbott get hit with a pie? You will, when we hit $5000 in donations.

Cailin Heffernan, John Hurley and Danielle Demisay? Really, you want them to get hit too? Alright, at the $7500 goal, it’ll happen.

And for the pies de resistance (see what we did there?), we’re ALL going to get a pie in the face when we hit the $10,000 goal.

These lovable faces should be splattered in desserts, and only you can make it happen!

Donations begin at as little as $10. Click here to order dessert for these fine people.

We’ve got some pretty interesting perks too, including a walk on role in a Broadway Show. Click here to take a look! You’ve only got until August 31st to make this happen!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Boomerang’s Fall and Winter Season!

We’re extremely proud to announce our next slate of projects. Are you ready?

The 12th Annual FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival
November 19th-23rd, 2014
at ART/NY, 520 8th Avenue
One of Indie Theatre’s premiere new play development fesitvals is back! Brand new plays by some of Indie Theatre’s favorite writers, showing works in progress that are funny, moving, lyrical and wild. Recent festivals have included work by Adam Kraar, James Comtois, Tim Errickson, Crystal Skillman, Larry Kunofsky, Zack Calhoon, Susan Ferrarra, Shelley McPherson and more.


2015 Rep Season
Winter 2015… 

lbdpgbLickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens
by Johnna Adams
Directed by John Hurley
Boomerang’s 2013 hit comedy return for an extended run! More laughs, more rhymes, more silliness. And even more french accents!

Three extraneous Danish court officials: a professional loud mouth (the buttonholer), a kiss ass for hire (the lickspittle) and a successful dastard (the go-between) are tossed out of court just as Denmark’s merchant fleet becomes of strategic importance in the Napoleonic war. The three men journey to France and meet Napoleon’s top lickspittle, buttonholer and go-between, their female counterparts. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers. The main characters speak in rhyming alexandrine verse, while a host of supporting characters converse in sestinas, haiku, free verse, limericks and sonnets. In a rhyming, metered world, the offbeat rules.

in rotating rep with…

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Waving Goodbye
by Jamie Pachino
Directed by Jordana Williams
Waving Goodbye is the story of Lily Blue, a 17-year-old photographer who loses her father in a mountain climbing accident, and must spend her 17th year with the mother who abandoned her. It’s also a story of loss, grief, change, making art, wishing things were different, being stalled, finding love, not turning into your mother, and those irrevocable moments after which nothing is ever the same.

 
Would you like to make a donation to support these projects? We value your financial support now more than ever.
Thank you in advance!

 

Now accepting submissions: The First Flight New Play Festival

bigstock-Female-hands-typing-on-a-lapto-26972300Boomerang is accepting submissions for the 12th Annual FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival, running November 19th-23rd, 2014 at ART/NY (520 8th Avenue, NYC)

FIRST FLIGHT is one of the premiere new play development festivals in Indie Theatre. Each play selected to participate in the festival received 6 hours of rehearsal time over the course of one week, culminating in a public reading of the play for a supportive audience.

As of 2014, Boomerang only accepts electronic submissions.
The open submission period for FIRST FLIGHT 2014 is August 1st-August 31st. Submissions will not be accepted after August 31st at 11:59pm.

Please submit your resume, a synopsis of your play, and a 10 page sample of the play. Note: this does not have to be the first 10 pages; merely the 10 pages that best represent the play and your writing.

Seeking new full length plays, comedies or dramas, adaptations or wholly original, that speak to the current cultural and historical moment in time. Especially interested in theatrical use of language and style. Plays are not limited to cast size, period or setting. Please note: We do not accept musicals, nor do we accept one act plays less than 60 minutes.

Please submit materials and questions to:

The Boomerang Theatre Company Literary@boomerangtheatre.org

Brian Silliman and Steven Boyer in the First Flight reading of Larry Kunofsky's VAN GOGH AMONG THE HIPSTERS

Brian Silliman and Steven Boyer in the First Flight reading of Larry Kunofsky’s VAN GOGH AMONG THE HIPSTERS

 

 

Promo Photos for LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

Hi folks…here are a few pics from Bryant Park’s photo shoot for LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST. More to follow!

(photo by Ethan Lercher for Bryant Park Shakespeare)

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Artwork for Love’s Labour’s Lost

For anyone who hadn’t seen the remarkable artwork for LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, here it is again. Stefano Imbert has outdone himself this season, which includes this piece and the art for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. LLL is directed by Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailín Heffernan.

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST opens August 14th in Bryant Park at 7pm. The production runs until August 30th.

Would you like to make a donation to support the show? We value your financial support now more than ever.
Thank you in advance!

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