The Boomerang Community: Adam Kraar

As part of our campaign to support new play development in 2017, 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. We’re challenging donors to commit to a recurring donation of $10 or $25 per month for the entirety of 2017. You can make your pledge here.

But don’t take our word for it…

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No doubt your radar is already jammed with a jillion appeals from theatres of all sizes.  So what makes Boomerang Theatre Company different from all the other companies seeking your support?

It seems to me that Boomerang Theatre does not “have an agenda.”  Oh, they have a mission – “producing… plays that add to the vibrancy of the national theatre canon.”  But, unlike so many other theatre companies, there’s a remarkable purity about their artistic choices and their support of artists.

My experience with Boomerang is as a playwright (three of my plays were developed in their First Flight New Play Festival) and audience member.

What struck me instantly about the New Play Festival is that Tim Errickson, the artistic director, makes it all about serving each particular play – and playwright.  Way too often in the world of new play development, the “agenda” for the process comes from the theatre’s preconceived aesthetic or their set ideas of how development time should be used.  Not so at Boomerang:  Tim (who’s also an accomplished playwright) understands that not all plays benefit from the same developmental trajectory – and he trusts that playwrights know a lot about what will advance their scripts.

For each of the plays I worked on, the Festival was truly a Springboard. Dream of a Deer at Dusk went on to become a finalist in the National Playwrights Conference, won an award from Theatre Squared, and has been offered a regional production next season.  In Loco Parentis was a finalist for the Trustus New Plays Festival, was selected for a week-long workshop at High Desert New Play Development and will be part of this season’s “America Rising” series at Bristol Riverside Theatre.

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Playwright Adam Kraar (far right) with the cast of his play DREAM OF A DEER AT DUSK in The First Flight New Play Festival

What’s Boomerang’s secret sauce?  I believe it includes two crucial ingredients.  First, a bold integrity about their artistic choices.  Boomerang’s season is never predictable, and always wonderfully eclectic.  Second, they provide artists with a genuinely safe space to explore new work and then share it with an audience.

Please consider giving this unique theatre company a donation!

You can make a tax deductible recurring donation here.

Boomerang’s Holiday Campaign for New Plays…why recurring donations?

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Boomerang’s annual holiday appeal kicked off November 29th with an different appeal than usual: a recurring donation.

Instead of asking for a donation of $50 or $100 at the end of the year, we’re asking for donors to make smaller donations ($10 or $25 are suggested) on a monthly basis, as a means of helping our organization grow throughout the year rather than in one moment. How does it help?

Well, it allows us to have a steady income each month, helping us manage expenses when there are lean months when we do not have box office income, grant income or special events. Imagine a steady allowance each month, versus getting a lump sum.

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Additionally, it hopefully allows the donor to support more work than a larger sum in one donation. Imagine your smaller monthly donations funding projects throughout the year like THE RECKLESS SEASON in April, free Shakespeare in July and LOVELESS TEXAS in October.

So with this thinking, we’ve set a goal of 100 donors pledging $10 per month for 12 months, and 50 donors pledging $25 per month.

This method of giving is revolutionizing fundraising in all sectors of the non-profit and philanthropic communities. For us, it is the most important fundraising campaign we’ve ever undertaken. It is a campaign to raise the most money, to provide opportunities to the most artists, and to produce the most challenging projects we’ve ever developed.

But more importantly, it’s a campaign to support new plays. The writing that will make an impact on our society and be included in the national repertory for years, decades to come.

We need your help to hit all the goals we have, and to deliver on our promises to our audiences and our artists.

You can make a fully tax-deductible donation to the campaign here.

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We’re working hard at theatre!

Hey everyone…just a quick note to remind you to go vote. But you already knew that, right?

Here at Boomerang HQ, we are working long and hard on prepping our 2016 End of Year Giving campaign, doing pre-pre-pre-production on Lauren Ferebee‘s THE RECKLESS SEASON (Auditions will be Dec 10th~!)and keeping all the plates spinning. It’s a very fun time, with lots of possibility and excitement.

One of the ways you can help—Use Amazon Smile for gift giving this season. Check out the link below, which allows a portion of your purchase totals thru Amazon to be donated directly to Boomerang. It’s a great program and we are thankful for Amazon’s support

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Anyway, just a quick note to say hello, and to keep watching this space for exciting things happening in the next few weeks.

And if you are looking for something AMAZINGLY COOL to do in NYC in the next few weeks, check out the exhibit “Drawn to Music” at the Society of Illustrators. Boomerang’s own Stefano Imbert has two pieces in  the exhibit, and all of the artwork is outstanding. Go check it out!

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We’re working hard here…at theatre stuff!

THE RECKLESS SEASON will premiere in Spring 2017

We’re extremely excited to announce that THE RECKLESS SEASON by Lauren Ferebee will debut with Boomerang in Spring 2017. This world premiere production will be directed by Dominic D’Andrea, and Lauren will be coming in from Dallas at different points in the production process as well. The play is a dark comedy about growing up, coming home, unlikely bonds, and the definition of family.

Here’s the blurb:

It’s 2008 in small town USA, and there is nothing Norman Rockwell about it. Simon’s returned home after two tours in Iraq to find his alcoholic mother dead by suicide and his younger brother, Terry, strangely obsessed with an early-90s video game about ancient Sparta. Between Terry, Terry’s truck stop co-worker, Lisa, and Flynn, their mother’s co-dependent former drug dealer, Simon’s dream of peace and quiet quickly evaporates. Wrestling with the aftermath of death, and realization that no one knows what comes next, these four Americans grasp toward adulthood in a place they dream of leaving. 

More to follow as we move thru the audition process and design process. To make a donation to support THE RECKLESS SEASON, please click here.

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THE RECKLESS SEASON playwright Lauren Ferebee

 

Join our Mailing List with a song in your heart

Hello folks…Boomerang is continuing work on the musical LOVELESS TEXAS with a sing thru/read thru of the full script and score next week. And we’d like to include you in the process!

(You can check out pics from our May workshop of LOVELESS TEXAS here, and listen to demo tracks of the score here)

Sign up for our mailing list today by clicking here and be entered to win an invitation to this exclusive preview of the show. The read thru is not open to the public, so this is a true “behind the scenes” look at how a new musical is created. We’ve got a terrific cast for the read thru (so exclusive, we cannot announce it), and we have two seats open…

Join the mailing list today, and come join us for this new musical romance!

 

Deadline for the 2017 First Flight Festival approaches

Hey folks…Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting your work for the 2017 FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival is Oct 15th at 11:59pm EST(!). We’ve already received a record number of submissions, lets keep it going.

You can find all the details on how to submit here.

And for an idea of the type of work we develop, please check out the lineups of past festivals here.

Thanks much!

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More pictures from ROCK-N-ROLES

There were so many good pictures from photographer Kate Hess that we needed a second blog post just to share them all! Here we go!