Folks, we are super excited for next week. Yes, because the weather is getting better here in NY. Yes, because we are getting close to the beginning of summer affectionately known as Memorial Day Weekend. But for the crazy folks here at Boomerang Theatre Company, next week means the beginning of our relationship with villain extraordinaire Richard of York.
Richard III is directed by Philip Emeott, one of the most talented directors working in Indie Theater. He’s directed some of the most vibrant shows we’ve done in our history, including his still-talked-about Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Dangerous Corner. Philip is a guy who’s obsessive in the best possible ways. I jokingly say that his process is “deep dive”, meaning he lives and breathes and eats and sleeps the play he’s working on. You can talk to Philip about current events, television season finales, the weather, whatever…but his brain is spinning with plot details and casting and motivations and designs. To say I am really excited about working with him on Richard III is an understatement.
In addition to directing the show, Philip is also going to be playing the lead role of Richard. This marks the first time since our first seasons in 1999 and 2000 that a director has appeared in a show they are directing as well. Why, you may ask? Because it’s super hard to do. None of our previous actor/directors ever played the lead in their show. But Philip’s specific talents of letting a show “inhabit” him makes him the perfect guy to attempt this feat. And many forget that Philip has many acting awards and nominations on his shelf from his time before directing, including a New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
As we put together our 15th Anniversary season in 2013, we wanted to challenge our people to reach for GREAT things, and in turn present for our audiences exciting and “go for broke” theatre. With Philip directing and starring in Richard III, we are kicking off the summer in spectacular style. I cannot wait until next week.