As part of Indie Theatre Week, I’ve asked members of the Boomerang extended family to talk a little about their work and why Indie Theatre matters to them. First up is Lanie Zipoy, one of the busiest people in this town…press agent, producer, tennis fan, all around great gal. I’m really excited to have her kicking things off, here’s what she had to say…
“Why Indie Theatre?”
Indie theatre is hard work and the most fun you can have tearing up a disgusting carpet in a flooded dressing room at
2:00 am with dear friends and colleagues (thanks Mozz Mendez and Tegan Culler). Sure, you’d rather be somewhere else, but not with anyone else.
Indie theatre is filled with the most kind-hearted, generous people. Those who wish to bring creativity to underserved populations, such as a medium security men’s prison in Kentucky (Synge Maher), the autistic community (Boomerang’s very own Marielle Duke) and youth in Harlem and throughout the world (Project Girl Performance Collective). Those who make us re-think the world we live in and how we would re-imagine it. Playwrights like Mac Rogers, Pia Wilson, Bekah Brunstetter, Micheline Auger, Gus Schulenberg, and the list goes on and on. Those who offer a helping hand whenever you need it. Those who challenge us to think about theatre as a living, breathing medium that is “raw, messy and beautiful” (coined by Jack Doulin). And yes, I’m talking about Daniel Talbott and Cino Nights. Those who toil and toil to gain recognition for everyone else’s work. Hello Shay Gines and Nick Micozzi.
Indie theatre isn’t just theatre. It’s a way of life. A way of living. Sharing art and artistry. Wherever we go, wherever we perform, whatever we do, we carry the ethos of hard work, community-building and passion.
Two years ago, I was at a DIY wedding of two lovely members of the indie theatre community at a barn in the middle of somewhere Pennsylvania. Shortly before the ceremony, the power went out. The barn’s proprietor freaked out, but I told her she was in luck because many of the wedding guests were indie theatre stalwarts. Ok, that didn’t mean much to her at first. So, I explained that we would be able to figure out how to MacGyver the wedding somehow, someway – find other ways to light it and pitch in to help make it be a success. We were, by nature, adept at problem solving, particularly around facility malfunctions. Luckily the lights came back on, but we were prepared if they didn’t.
Why indie theatre? The big, beautiful group of people who make it and live it.