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

Photos from FIRST FLIGHT

We had a great week working on new plays during FIRST FLIGHT. Thank you to all the people to contributed to the further development of these scripts, including actors, directors and our audiences.

Here’s a few snap shots of the action…

THE SNOWMAKER by Aleks Merilo

 

DISCREET GLOBAL ASSETS by Lauren Ferebee

 

THE MARBLE MUSE by Diane Baia Hale

 

INCOMPLEAT WORKS by Dennis Agle Jr.

 

BLANQUITA by Zack Calhoon

Photos from Boomerang’s FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Thank you to everyone who attended FLIGHTS OF FANCY on Sunday March 13th at Blue Jeans Studios. Check out the pictures below of some of the festivities…

(All photos courtesy of Kate Hess Photography)

More Mystery Box prizes

The Mystery Box prizes keep pouring in for our Flights of Fancy celebration on Sunday! If you’d like to win any of these prizes, or any of the ones previously mentioned here, you just need to buy a ticket to the event!

Here’s a little sneak peak of the new prizes, for those people who like to look nice and smell nice…

  • Creme de La Mer (1 oz.)
  • MAC Smoky Face Palette (3 eyeshadows, 4 lipcolors, pressed powder; cream base; brush) and Nail Lacquer “Magnificent Feast”
  • Tory Burch 4 Soap Gift Set
  • Smashbox “Art Love Color” Eyes & Studio Set (5 eyeliners – black/brown/blue/purple/gold; lipstick/lipgloss/3 eyeshadows/mascara)
  • Clinique Happy Gift Set (1.7 oz fragrance spray; 2.5 oz body creme; .2 oz fragrance rollerball)
  • Clinique for Men Shave Kit (3.4 oz face scrub; 1.4 oz aloe shave gel; 3.4 oz anti-age moisturizer)
  • Origins “Make a Difference Plus” Skin Care Set (1.7 oz lotion; 1.0 oz serum; 1.7 oz treatment; 1.0 oz moisturizer)

Flights of Fancy this weekend, and it’s Mystery Box Madness!

Flights of Fancy invite (2)

Hey folks…each year, our Flights of Fancy event serves to highlight new play development, support great artists and raise money for our programs. This year’s event is Sunday March 13th, and it’ll be a brunchy, boozy event with live music and festivities

Attendees also get the chance to purchase a “Mystery Boxes” from a collection of donated blind items that each have a value of more than $25. In the past, we’ve had bottles of wine, vocal lessons, gift cards and other really wonderful things. But this year… oh man.

Here’s a preliminary list of what’s on offer this Sunday. (And if you have not gotten your ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Click here.)

-A custom jewelry piece
-Photography lesson with Chesher Cat
-4 session webinar from Film Interchange: “Producing Film from A-Z ”
-30 Minute Holistic Coaching Session from Aries in Flight
-2 Semi Private personal training and nutrition consultations from The Works Studio 
-Consulting Session with Josh Rivedal: Create Your Own Star Vehicle
-1 hour knitting lesson plus materials from Emily Louick from SlopeGirlKnits
-PopGift Box from Popcorn Productions
-1 month supply of Aromaflage sleep fragrance
-Two digital subscriptions to Backstage.com
-Tickets to Blue Man Group
-Gift cards to BareBurger
-a bottle of Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche 2012
-a bottle of Red Hook Sauvignon Blanc 2013
-a bottle of Carpe Vino 2013 Chardonnay
-a bottle of Valdobbiadene Superiore Proseco
-a one hour image consultation with Inherent Style
-a pair of tickets and CD from One World Symphony

And more are coming in today! It’s mind blowing…and I hope you have the chance to get the prize you want!

Tickets are going fast…please grab yours today!

Chest of treasure

Mystery Boxes!!! Come get yours this Sunday!

 

 

 

Announcing the First Flight New Play Festival schedule

We’re extremely proud to announce the full schedule for our upcoming  FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We’ve got 5 dynamic and daring new works to present, each with an exciting new point of view on traditional narratives. We can’t wait to share these plays with you. Here we go…

 

Smoking gun concept,  black & white of a double barreled over/un
Wednesday March 16th at 7pm
The Snowmaker by Aleks Merilo
Directed by Dominic D’Andrea
In the dead of winter, a teenage girl’s estranged father unexpectedly takes her to a cabin in the isolated woods of Montana. She doesn’t know where he has been for the last 10 years. And she doesn’t know who he is searching for at night, when he stares out the window, with a sawed-off shotgun by his side.
Click here to make a reservation



Tools for forming clay with pots on wood background
Thursday March 17th at 7pm

The Marble Muse by Diane Baia Hale
Directed by Cailin Heffernan
When Louisa Lander is commissioned to sculpt Nathaniel Hawthorne, she little suspects the dark journey she will take with the author of The Scarlet Letter.
Click here to make a reservation



Quill pen and ink well resting on blank parchment paper with cop

Friday March 18th at 7pm
Incompleat Works by Dennis Agle Jr.
Directed by Tim Errickson
The characters of an unfinished Shakespeare play embark on a quest in modern-day England in an effort to discover how their stories end.
Click here to make a reservation


Stock market activity
Saturday March 19th at 4pm

Discreet Global Assets by Lauren Ferebee
Directed by Elizabeth Audley
As the sales reps for Quotidian Industries ratchet up the competition for Annual Review Day, they’re discovering disturbing company secrets that no one should know.
Click here to make a reservation



Flag Of Mexico

Saturday March 19th at 7pm
Blanquita by Zack Calhoon
Directed by Kel Haney
When a Senator’s daughter crosses class lines and spends a wild night with the family’s chauffeur, there are witnesses – and consequences.
Click here to make a reservation

The readings will be held in Studio 501 @ CAP21 (18 West 18th Street, 5th floor)
All readings are free, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.boomerangtheatre.org. Donations of $5 per reading are suggested.

Ron Sanborn

With great sadness, we’ll be mourning the passing of our dear friend Ron Sanborn on Monday.

There are people you assume will always be there, people who are so fundamentally positive that losing them doesn’t make any sense in the world, so therefore it can’t actually ever happen. Ron was one of those people.

Ron acted with us and championed us since 2003, when Kate Ross directed him as Falstaff in Henry 4 Part One opposite Zack Calhoon as Hal, Travis Horseman as Hotspur, Linda S. Nelson as Mistress Quickly, Philip Emeott as the Douglass and so many others.

The following year, Ron played Bottom in Philip’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a production (and a season) that fulfilled all the things we wanted to be as a company. To call him tremendous would be an understatement, and i think of how his performance now grows like a tall tale, everyone adding their piece to the memory of it. He was performing on a rock in Central Park, in the open air–but if anyone can be said to fill that space, it was Ron.

He was offered the role  of Prospero in The Tempest, well before we had auditions. He turned it down, said it was too thankless…Vinnie Penna and Christian Toth (playing the clowns) would get all the laughs, and he knew in reality it wasn’t the right fit for him. He was completely right, but I’ll always be a little sad we didn’t talk him into it. I would have loved to see him take it on, be brave and funny and a big bear of a Prospero. Instead, he came and cheered us on and raised a toast to us with his usual vodka in a wine glass. He was that kind of guy.

When we finally got him back onstage in the park in 2013, he played Hastings in Richard III in our 15 anniversary season. Philip was directing again, along with playing Richard. I think the lure of the park called him again, and with Philip and Sara Thigpen and Linda, there was no way he could say no. Plus I think he loved that his character died in act three, giving him 35 mins to lay in the grass or flirt with the interns before curtain call. One of my favorite moments in that show is right at the top, during the “dumb show” which shows a vicious murder that sets up the first scene. I hadn’t seen rehearsals for it much during the week, but in final dress I heard this pounding drum beat behind the action, setting the tone for the scene. When I looked up, there was Ron with a tom tom beating on this big kettle drum, having the time of his life.

A life that was so very full and all too short. We will miss his crazy laugh, his generosity of spirit, and his smile. He was around in so many other ways too–in readings and birthday parties and our recent anniversary party at the Astoria Beer Garden, where he took Shannon Thomason out on the dance floor and twirled her much more than she bargained for.

And that was just who he was to us. He was so much to so many people…work friends and church friends and neighborhood friends. So our thoughts are with all of his family and friends. He’s a guy that you don’t lose easily, espeically if you thought you never would. He was one of a kind. Our Ron.

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Ron as Hastings opposite Thia Stephan in RICHARD III in 2013 (photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum)

 

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