Rock-n-Roles: Country Rock Bootleg edition

Hello everyone! We’ve got the next edition of Rock-n-Roles coming up on OCTOBER 1ST and we couldn’t be more excited. This one’s going to have an Alt-Country vibe to it, just as fun as our previous events but with a little more foot stompin’…

ROCK-N-ROLES is a one night only event in which playwrights craft brand new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock-n-roll songs. Previous “albums” have included plays inspired by Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Cure, The Rolling Stones and more. The plays are performed live onstage with a crazy good group of actors and live musicians.

Drinks will be flowing, chords will be strummed, and hearts will be broken. You gotta be there.

Doors open at 7pm; performances begin 7:30pm

Early Bird tickets are $20 and include a free drink at the event (offer ends Sept 23rd!)
General Admission tickets are $20 beginning Sept 24th thru Oct 1st
Cash tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $25

Turn your theatre up LOUD!
All proceeds benefit Boomerang Theatre Company’s New Play programs.

Grab your tickets now before they’re gone!

http://www.boomerangtheatre.org

Guitarist Hands Playing Guitar Over Black

Open Submission Season for 2017 First Flight New Play Festival

After more than a few delays, the Open Submission Season for the 2017 First Flight Festival will begin on Wednesday September 15th at 12:01 AM EST and close on Saturday October 15th at 11:59 PM EST.

We don’t really have many rules about submitting, and what ones we do have are there to make the process easier on both the playwright and our staff. Basically, we try to direct people away from submitting things that are a better fit elsewhere. For example, we’ve only produced an evening of One Act Plays for an extended run once in 18 years, so we don’t seek to develop them. Same goes with musicals and children’s plays.

So what do we respond to?

When we receive a new play submission (and again this year, we are only accepting submissions electronically, because trees), each 10 page sample is read and evaluated on the following questions:

  • Does the play speak to our modern cultural moment in some way?
  • Does the play use Language in an interesting way?
  • Does the script feel like a play rather than a movie or TV show?
  • Is there anything crazy that could make producing or developing the play difficult (i.e. requires onstage Magician, live animals, a cast of 90 year olds or all children, etc)? (This isn’t a deal breaker; we like wild things sometimes)
  • Would you like to see this show?

So that’s it. Every submission is read by at least one person on the Literary Team (Go Team Literary!) , with the above 5 questions answered for each one. From there, we generally select 25-30 plays as Finalists and ask playwrights to submit the full script (rather than just the sample). A different member of Team Literary takes a look at the full script, using the same 5 questions. From there, we just keep passing the plays around and gathering feedback using this 5 question criteria. It ain’t scientific, but it’s what we’ve got.

Thanks for taking a look at this, and send us your awesome plays!

To see our complete submission Guidelines, click here. To see a recent history of plays we’ve developed in First Flight, click here

Working at home with laptop woman writing a blog. Female hands o

 

Play Submissions Guidelines is a hot topic right now

Hello all! As many people know, Boomerang’s regular open submission window for The First Flight New Play Festival is August 1st-September 1st. This year we are updating our submission guidelines, and since we are still working on those, the open window will be August 15th-September 15th, 2016.

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for our guidelines lately, and we are looking forward to posting the 2016 criteria within the next two weeks. Most things probably will not change. But we’ll review them all to ensure they’re up to date.

The dates and location for the next First Flight New Play Festival have not been finalized yet.

Thanks to all for your patience with this!

bigstock-Female-hands-typing-on-a-lapto-26972300

 

A quiet summer? Hardly.

bigstock--134711654

Hey everyone…although it seems like a relatively quiet summer here at Boomerang, it’s been anything but that. In our first summer without an outdoor Shakespeare production since 1999 (some 18 free shows in parks throughout NYC), we’ve been incredibly busy with preparations for the 2016/2017 season.

But yes, it’s very weird to not be in the park each weekend.

What have we been doing with our time? Well…

  1. We’ve been searching for the right venue for LOVELESS TEXAS, which will make its debut in 2017. The workshop went very well, and the creatives team is ready to take on the challenges of a full production.
  2. To support LOVELESS, we have an online auction going right now of terrific donated items. In all honesty, I want to keep all of these and give them as gifts, but I can’t. We’ve got a wine basket, jewelry, makeup, skin care systems and so much more. You can take a look at all of these treasures here.
  3. In keeping with the musical stylings of LOVELESS, we are beginning work on an alt-country and Americana ROCK-N-ROLES event in September. Expect Lone Star beer on ice and a two-step in your heart.
  4. And the final event of the year will be…well, I just start giggling whenever I begin to type it. So consider it a secret for now. Just know that it’ll be a mash up, throw down party of creativity, performance, booze, silliness, and full madness. Save the date: November 12th.

Plus, we’re trying to go to the beach as much as possible.

More to update as we go. Have a great summer…we miss you, too.

 

 

 

Photos of Loveless Texas workshop

Boomerang’s next production will be the world premiere of the musical LOVELESS TEXAS. The show as music and lyrics by Henry Aronson, libretto and direction by Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and music direction by Steven Jamail.

Take a look at some photos from the workshop (all photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum Theatrical Photography)

Welcome to Boomerang’s new intern: Jesse Allison

We wanted to send a special welcome to Boomerang Theatre Company’s newest intern Jesse Allison.

Jesse

“Hey everyone! So my names Jesse Michael Allison, and I’m the current Artistic/Producing/Directing intern for this summer. I’m a rising Senior BFA Acting Major with a Statistics Minor at Elon University in North Carolina. Theatre, music, and performing arts has always been a crucial part of my life and I’m so excited to be working with Boomerang this summer. Part of what attracted me to Boomerang Theatre Company was the fact that they produce work that has meaning, which to me as a performer is something I definitely strive to find. I’m so excited to be working with everyone this summer!”

Jesse joined us on June 1st as an Artistic Directing/Producing intern. He’ll be working closely with the Artistic staff on the further development of LOVELESS TEXAS as we move toward the world premiere production. Additionally, he’s reading scripts and attending reading around town to familiarize himself with the New York Theatre scene.

Please say hi to Jesse when you see him at Boomerang projects this summer!

New and improved us!

Hello all…We’re very excited to see Spring recently (although the recent snows and rains make it feel a little undecided still), and with that I wanted to reach out and talk about Boomerang’s 2016 and 2017 Season programming, which will be different from years past.

First, a little context: We’ve been programming the same way nearly since our inception in 1999. We produce Shakespeare plays outdoors, a rotating rep indoors, and a new play development festival. These three programs have been terrific for us, allowing us to work with tremendous artists and introducing us to so many people. But as we approach our 20th Anniversary season in 2018, we’re thinking about new ways to produce work, and new ways to serve both artists and audiences.

This refection couples along with the fact that a number of plays or projects we’ve developed have not reached any audiences yet. Internally, we talk about this “back log” all the time, plays that are SO good, can you believe no one has produced this yet, or projects that need the last bit of time and effort before debuting for the world. We often let these projects go if they didn’t fit into one of our three programs.

But no longer.

Our 2016 and 2017 season will be spent doing three things:

  1. Taking on these projects that inspire us creatively, getting them onstage rather than withering on the page. If they fit in as an outdoor show or a rep show, great. If not, we’re doing them anyway.
  2. We’re going to explore how technology can be used to extend the audience for the shows we’re producing. Does a show close with us and then move to become an indie film? Does it get adapted to webisodes? We want each project to have those opportunities, both to share the work with more people and also to support artists’ careers and exposure.
  3. We’re going to solve the question of space going forward. We have been itinerant since the closing of CenterStageNY, and whether we build a space or partner with an existing one, we’re going to find a home that we can support and that can support us.

Ok, but what does this all mean?

Our first project in this 2016/2017/2018 initiative will be LOVELESS TEXAS, a terrific new musical based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and composer Henry Aronson have been working with us on this project for nearly a decade, and we are delighted to support this show to its premiere. We’ll be doing a workshop of new material in May, and looking for a full production in late 2016 or early 2017.

All of our efforts will go into LOVELESS, and as a result we will not be producing a Shakespeare play this summer. We’ll be back in 2017.

Following LOVELESS, we have a short list of plays we are going to produce in 2017/2018. They include THE RECKLESS SEASON by Lauren Ferebee, my own play WARM ROSES, and Eric Overmyer’s THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET BY SCOTT JOPLIN AND LOUIS CHAUVIN. And there are more as well. We are also going to resume efforts to bring Jamie Pachino’s WAVING GOODBYE to our company. We’ve been very close before on that one, and it’s a labor of love for me. With any luck, it’ll be the signature production of our 20th anniversary season in our new artistic home.

In addition to all of this, we will still continue to present the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival and our incredible ROCK-N-ROLES events. We love our community and want everyone to join us in creating new work and new experiences.

If you feel like you want to make a donation to support these efforts you can do that here. And you can visit our website here to keep up on all these developments.

That’s it for now, sorry for the long post. We love you all and appreciate all the affection you’ve shown our little company for 18 years.

Thanks!

-t