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…
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.
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.
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