Every Inch a King…

We learned today that a member of the Boomerang extended family passed away last week after a long and heroic battle with multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells).

Bill Fairbairn was a long time actor and collaborator with us on a number of Boomerang projects, beginning in 2002 when he joined the ensemble of Craig Lucas’s PRELUDE TO A KISS at The Actor’s Playground. Following that, he played the Lear in our 2006 park production of KING LEAR. His Lear was another turning point for us as a company, as Bill challenged us to be better as an organization and as artists.

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Bill as Lear in KING LEAR (2006)

He was an ardent supporter of our work, and generously opened his home in Tribeca many times for gatherings and cast parties. In addition to Boomerang, Bill worked at Jean Cocteau Rep, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Actor’s Shakespeare Company and many others.

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Bill with John Dalmon, Kate Sandberg, Justin R.G. Holcomb and Beth Ann Hopkins (on ground) in KING LEAR (2006)

We join Bill’s family in mourning his passing, and in recognizing his extraordinary life. He celebrated his 80th birthday in 2015, and was said to be as dashing and charming as ever. Bill passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday January 10th, 2016.

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Cast photo of PRELUDE TO A KISS (2002)

A memorial service here in NYC will be held in April 2016 for his friends and family to pay their respects. Charitable donations in lieu of flowers are being set up by his family, and we’ll pass all this information along as we receive it.

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In performance pic taken by a prop camera onstage during PRELUDE TO A KISS (2002)

Holiday Video from Boomerang Theatre Company

 

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The Boomerang Community: Michael Roderick

As part of our Holiday fundraising campaign, we’ve asked members of Boomerang’s artistic family to write about our company and what makes us unique for them. We hope that you will recognize our distinctive contribution to New York City theatre with a financial gift this holiday season. You can make any size tax-deductible donation here.

But don’t take our word for it…

Michael Roderick

It’s one thing to respect the work of a theatre company in NY and come and see some of their shows, it’s another thing to enjoy the work and the people so much that you become a board member. Such was the case for me as a result of seeing a number of Boomerang’s shows and having Tim be a part of some of the earlier networking events I threw.

What drew me to the company originally was the fact that all of the actors who I respected and admired where doing Boomerang shows. It seemed that any time I would see a great Indie Theatre play, there were people who were in it who I had previously seen in a Boomerang production so I was naturally curious to see more of the shows. As I started hanging out more and more, I was eventually approached by Tim and Sue about being on the board. Having been involved with Broadway and a number of other ventures I was approached by a number of people about being involved in boards and had originally decided that there really was no time to do it, but after having seen such great work and great people for so many years, I decided I’d give it a shot.

It’s been a really incredible experience thus far. I am involved in artistic as well as business discussions, I get to watch new playwright’s develop their work and meet fantastic people on every show. I also get to be part of a community that is keeping Indie Theatre alive here in the city. So many companies start off with a bang and phase out by their second year, but Boomerang continues to produce year after year thanks to a commitment for putting on great work and a commitment to the artists that are part of its community. Most importantly, thanks to people who believe so much in the development of artistis work that they support it year after year. Thanks to all who have donated to Boomerang thus far and for those who will donate in the future. We can’t do this without all of you.

I’m proud to be a Boomerang board member and hope you’ll take the time to show your support this holiday season.  I started out as someone who just came and saw a few shows and now I’m proud to be part of the family. I invite you to be part of that family too. Happy Holidays.

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Last minute shopping? Here’s how you can help Boomerang!

Hey folks…if you are still doing some last minute shopping, please consider clicking here to have a portion of your purchase dollars donated to Boomerang Theatre Company. Our friends at Amazon Smile are doing a terrific job supporting non-profit organizations like ours, and we’d love for you to help!

When you click on Amazon Smile and make purchases, you are supporting ground breaking independent theatre, free Shakespeare productions outdoors, a thriving theatrical intern program and new play development. You are personally keeping the arts alive in New York City, a place that often values gigantic organizations more than smaller one that make just as much of a difference in their communities.


It doesn’t cost you anything, and takes only two seconds. And on top of that, it makes a huge difference for us. So what do you think?

Thanks in advance!

Happy Holidays

The Boomerang Community: Shelley McPherson

As part of our Holiday fundraising campaign, we’ve asked members of Boomerang’s artistic family to write about our company and what makes us unique for them. We hope that you will recognize our distinctive contribution to New York City theatre with a financial gift this holiday season. You can make any size tax-deductible donation here.

But don’t take our word for it…

Shelley McPherson

The team at Boomerang Theatre Company care passionately about the creation and development of new plays.  They back up their mission statement with action and commitment.  A well-respected playwright himself, Tim leads the company with warmth, truth, and a fierce dedication to new work; his energy would seem to suggest that this is Boomerang’s first season, not its 17th.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having two of my full-length plays read in the company’s annual First Flight reading series. Both times, my work was richly supported, and the process was especially helpful to me in further developing the two plays.


In addition, I have participated, as a writer, in the past two editions of Boomerang’s Rock-N-Roles , an adrenaline-producing 24 – hour  new play happening wherin the company mixes a potent cocktail of writers, directors, actors , and song prompts , and then shakes, adds garnish, and serves these new plays 24 hours later at a (very fun and festive) fundraising party. Both of the evenings I participated in brought forth a diverse selection of short new plays full of invention, creativity, and the spark of spontaneity.

Further evidence of Boomerang’s imaginative approach to exploring new work came last fall, when, along with half a dozen other writers, I was invited to custom-create a monologue for a donor to perform as part of the company’s fundraising efforts. At the culmination of this project, in January, we gathered to hear this brand new series of specially written monologues, all loosely connected to a theme, read by Boomerang donors.  It was a unique and bonding fundraising concept for writers and donors alike.

With limited resources, extreme enthusiasm, and a dedicated, unflinching intention, Boomerang Theatre Company, against all economic odds, continues to provide a true home for new plays and new ideas; it is a home I proudly call my own.  I encourage you to help Boomerang with its important mission to develop new plays on a budget in NYC.  It is a tough job, but Boomerang is up for the challenge.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

The Boomerang Community: Amy Lee Pearsall

As part of our Holiday fundraising campaign, we’ve asked members of Boomerang’s artistic family to write about our company and what makes us unique for them. We hope that you will recognize our distinctive contribution to New York City theatre with a financial gift this holiday season. You can make any size tax-deductible donation here.

But don’t take our word for it…

Amy Lee Pearsall


Boomerang Theatre Company
comes at you from the front with the classics, and then swings around from the back with productions of exciting, original works. Whether it’s Shakespeare performed in one of our city’s beautiful parks, a revival of a period favorite, or an original play taken from table-read, to trial-run with bare minimum effects, to full-staging with elaborate costumes, this is a company that strikes from all directions and to delightful effect.

It is not an exaggeration to say that most actors that I’ve personally encountered at the AEA center, I first saw onstage in a Boomerang production.  I think there’s a reason for that. There’s a shared dedication to quality, to professionalism, and to craft between this company and the actors it attracts.

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l to r: Isaiah Tanenbaum and Amy Lee Pearsall in LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS (2015). Photo by Kate Hess.

 

 

Boomerang’s passion for timeless works and boundary-pushing new plays is evident, as is its love of theatre and the indie theatre community as a whole. The company’s drive is admirable, its successful 17-year history speaks for itself, and we are all the richer for it.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

The Boomerang Community: Amanda Tudor

As part of our Holiday fundraising campaign, we’ve asked members of Boomerang’s artistic family to write about our company and what makes us unique for them. We hope that you will recognize our distinctive contribution to New York City theatre with a financial gift this holiday season. You can make any size tax-deductible donation here.

But don’t take our word for it…

Amanda Tudor
In a city of millions where the competition is stiff and fierce, communities are few and far between.  Most “communities” want something from you without much to give back.  Most theatre companies I’ve worked for, want my support without supporting me.  To most companies, I’ve become another one of the millions in competition.  But not Boomerang.  Boomerang is unlike any other community I’ve been a part of; they’ve taken care of me.

Here are my top 3 reasons, after 5 years, I still donate to Boomerang:

  1. Boomerang brings Shakespeare for FREE to the masses

Every year in the park, Boomerang puts on quality Shakespeare in interesting and fun ways. They share the work with tourists and natives alike.  Children get exposed to new work, picnics get to be feasted and shared and communities are built.  Stop by for 5 minutes or stay for the whole show.  It’s like a pop up shop of awesomeness and Shakespeare.

l to r: Jonathan Dewberry, Catherine McNelis, Amanda Tudor and Jason Loughlin in Boomerang's THE TEMPEST in Central Park (2010)

l to r: Jonathan Dewberry, Catherine McNelis, Amanda Tudor and Jason Loughlin in Boomerang’s THE TEMPEST in Central Park (2010)

  1. I’m supported by the company

The shows I’ve done in the past 5 years have been amazingly supported by the company.  Namely Tim Errickson has been to see my plays and has been there to laugh the loudest.  Always the supportive friend, he genuinely cares about my career and my successes…even if they’re not associated with the company.  My Kickstarter campaigns are donated to, Facebook posts responded to: I am supported by my community.

  1. New plays and playwrights are given a chance

New plays, just like new actors, need an ally.  And Boomerang is that ally.  Every year, new plays are given a workshop setting, a public reading and support of the company.  What an amazing resource for actors as well! Working on new works, perhaps teaming up with new playwrights, and creating more work for themselves.

This is my community: the group of rockstars that want to create and lift up the theatre.  I hope this season you’ll give back to the community that gives so much.  Be a part of this community with me, help us continue to bring theatre to the people and people to the theatre.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

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