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TO FOOL THE EYE opens tonight!

The third play in our 15th Anniversary Rep Season opens tonight. Having seen some of the dress rehearsals the last few days, I can tell you that you definitely need to catch this one. It is colorful, musical, and witty, played by a terrific cast. We want to see you there!

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Artwork by Stefano Imbert

The New York Premiere of
TO FOOL THE EYE
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Jean Anouilh’s Leocadia
Directed by Cailin Heffernan+

Amanda, a poor hat maker from Paris, is invited to a chateau by an eccentric duchess to spend a weekend trying to make her suicidal nephew, Albert, forget about the death of his great love, the divine Leocadia. Amanda, it turns out, is a dead ringer for the dead woman, and if she can convince Albert that she is his lost love for just three days, then Albert just might not kill himself. A charming and wickedly funny valentine to love lost and found again.

Featuring Timothy Babcock*, David Arthur Bachrach*, Joe Beaudin, Steven Cuevas*, Sidney Fortner*, Vince Gatton*, Jennifer Larkin*, Mel Nieves*, Anna Nugent*, Jared Reinmuth* and Sara Thigpen*
Stage Managed by Danny Morales and Tidtaya Sinutoke

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(Photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum)

Upcoming performances:
Friday Sept 20th at 8pm
Saturday Sept 21st at 8pm
Sunday Sept 22nd at 3pm
Wednesday Sept 25th at 8pm

September 20th-Oct 13th, 2013 in rotating repertory
Tickets are $20/$25 and can be purchased here


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Boomerang’s 15th Anniversary Collection

Indie Theater Now

The good folks at Indie Theatre Now are helping us celebrate our 15th Anniversary Season by publishing a collection of plays which premiered with Boomerang. Each of these plays was a part of our Rep Seasons, and many were workshopped thru the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We are extremely excited to have these plays available on Indie Theater Now. If you saw them onstage, you now have a chance to buy them and relive those thrilling experiences. And if you missed them the first time, here’s a chance to read these exciting works you’ve heard so much about. (One of them you can see performed right now!) Either way, these plays and the productions of them on Boomerang’s stages shaped the company we are today, and we are forever grateful.

The Plays are:

Aubergine Days by Roy C. Berkowitz (produced in September 2001 at the Flatiron Playhouse on 23rd Street, directed by Rachel Wood)
The Monster Tales by Mary Jett Parsley (produced in September 2002 at The Actors Theatre on 31st and 8th Avenue, directed by Amy Henault)
Giant-n-Variation by Francis Kuzler (produced at CenterStageNY in September 2005, directed by Eric Amburg)
Love in the Insecurity Zone by Mike Folie (produced at CenterStageNY in September 2006, directed by Rachel Wood)
Lickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens by Johnna Adams (our current hit, running at TheaterLab thru October 6th, directed by John Hurley)

You can find all of these plays available on Indie Theater Now.

Later this week, I’m contributing an introduction to this collection, talking about why we chose to produce them, memories of working on them, and how they fit in the context of our company.

Enjoy!

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TO FOOL THE EYE’s Jennifer Larkin

I’ve asked various people who are working on the Rep season to contribute a blog post or two. We love introducing them to you, so that they feel like old friends a few weeks from now when you see them onstage. Here’s a post from Jennifer Larkin, one of the stars of To Fool The Eye opening September 20th.

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1)      What’s your previous experience been with Boomerang? Productions, readings, workshops?

I am pleased to say that I have a longstanding history with Boomerang, my first show being in 2003 when I did Substance of John AP Book V: Jack Kerouac by (my then future husband) Frank Kuzler, after working on the play the previous spring as part of Boomerang’s First Flight series. In the following few years, I went on to do O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon and Anna Christie, as well as Giant-n-Variation, again by Frank. I have also happily participated in a number of the First Flights, and have always been a strong supporter of the company.

2)      How is the rehearsal process going for your show?

I have to say that working on To Fool the Eye has been a real pleasure. Cailin Heffernan is a wonderfully funny, honest and inspiring director, and I can say that after having worked with her previously on not only most of the Boomerang shows I mention above but also on many non-Boomerang projects, it is always an amazing ride with her. To do something like this that balances a wild, larger-than-life style and comedy with a story with some real heart, is the best kind of challenge.

3)      What are you most looking forward to about your show?

I can’t wait to see how it’s all going to fall into place. Being a non-singer, I love that I can say we have some terrific “numbers” up our sleeve in this show – it really is going to be such fun. And, I look forward to playing with this amazing cast each time. 

A little about Jen…
“In June 2009, I proudly helped launch the not-for-profit organization DecadesOut. Its mission is to raise public awareness of the cultural impact between science and humanity. It produces works of fiction and non-fiction in theatre, film, and the visual arts. In New York, I have also produced theatre in the New York International Fringe Festival and am actively involved in the development of a number of film projects at DedPro Inc.

I proudly hold a BA in English and a BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut, and have also studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School. I am also pleased to report an affinity for pilates, baking, and chasing after my very own Superhero-in-training, my 3-year-old son Frankie .”

To Fool The Eye runs September 20th-Oct 13th at TheaterLab. Tickets are available here.

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And now, a few words from Cailin Heffernan

I’ve asked various people who are working on the Rep season to contribute a blog post or two. We love introducing them to you, so that they feel like old friends a few weeks from now when you see them onstage. Here’s a post from our very own Cailin Heffernan, director of To Fool The Eye opening September 20th.

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Cailin Heffernan (third from left) with her cast and director for Rock-n-Roles in March 2013
Cailin Heffernan (third from left) with her cast and director for Rock-n-Roles in March 2013

1)      What’s your previous experience been with Boomerang? Productions, readings, workshops?

I’ve been working happily and creatively collaborating with Boomerang for going on twelve years.  My first project was to direct the reading of Peter Shelburne’s Milk in February of 2002.  My first full production was the following season, Francis Kuzler’s The Substance of John AP Book:  Jack Kerouac in Fall of 2003.  Since then, I’ve directed seven more full productions in rotating rep:  Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond The Horizon; my own adaptation of John Dryden’s All For Love; O’Neill’s Anna Christie; Larry Kirwan’s The Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own; Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke; Christopher Fry’s Venus Observed; and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.  Currently in production with my ninth full production – Jeffrey Hatcher’s To Fool The Eye (an adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s “Leocadia”).  Directed the First Flight readings of:  Terence Patrick Hughes’ Goodnight Sunshine; my own play with music Rebel Hearts; my own play Blooddrinker; JD Eames’ Do Geese See God; Colin McKenna’s Parking Lot, Lonely Hearts, Mike Folie’s Panama and the Aronson/Heffernan musical Loveless Texas in both a reading and a developmental workshop.  Directed two galas:  First Kisses by Jay Hanagan at the Lucille Lortel and Mary Jett Parsley’s Monster Tales at TACT.  Participated in my first “Rock N Roles” this 2013 season, where I wrote the playlet, “Saturday”.  I was both terrified and elated.  (Editor’s note: Wow, that’s a lot)

 2)      How is the rehearsal process going for your show?

Not to invite a kinne hora, but so far… so good.  I’ve having a great time at any rate.  I have a highly collaborative, open, intrepid and positive cast which lends a special pleasure to rehearsals.  I look forward to going daily to create with both old friends and new playmates.  Also, after spending so much time with Brit and Irish works in recent years, it’s fun to get back to France.

3)      What are you most looking forward to about your show?

Can’t wait to see how the romance balances with the satirical comedy and the ’30’s music.  Taking this challenging play…  an alternately word driven, then physicality driven work…  and present it to an intimate audience, well it’ll be a rather exciting rollercoaster.

To Fool The Eye runs September 20th-Oct 13th at TheaterLab. Tickets are available here.

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Meet our Candida

I’ve asked various people who are working on the Rep season to contribute a blog post or two. We love introducing them to you, so that they feel like old friends a few weeks from now when you see them onstage. Here’s a post from our very own Candida herself, Susan Atwood.

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Hello. My name is Susan Atwood, and I am very excited to be playing Candida in Boomerang’s upcoming production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic, “Candida.” I had the pleasure of working with Boomerang for my first time last year, when I played the Meghan/Sister Bernardina in “Spring Tides.” I was also lucky enough to get to help out with Rock n’ Roles last March (FREEBIRD!!!).

I am originally from rural central New York State, and I graduated college with a BFA as a studio artist. I currently live in Brooklyn. Aside from being an actor, I do sometimes write, direct, and produce.

I am really looking forward to beginning work on “Candida” for a few reasons. First, to be very honest, it’s a rare treat to work on a published work that has withstood the test of time and is recognizable by name. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE new works and strongly believe in supporting new work – but when you have to explain most of your resume and it sounds like this:

“I played an Irish yogi who blew up a video store…”
“It was a show about a housewife recently plagued by an infestation of ghost-zombies, who are actually her husband’s murder victims…” or
“I played a medieval Spanish nun in body armor who appeared in dream sequences…”

It’s just nice to be able to let a role speak for itself. (Although… those listed above are some pretty kick-ass roles, and I wouldn’t trade them for the anything.)

Second, since I was an art major in school, I haven’t had as much hands-on experience with the classics, so this will be my first Shaw production. And I am just so happy to have the opportunity to grow as an actor and learn the work of such an iconic artist from the inside out. And of course the role itself is such a huge gift, too: A smart, funny woman with a couple of men fighting over her? Yes, please.

Last but not least, I am flattered to be invited back by of the most fun, supportive, talented, tight-knit, and professional groups I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

I will admit I’m nervous (that’s half the fun of theatre), but I know we’re all in good hands.

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New Submission Guidelines for FIRST FLIGHT

Hello Folks…Today, we are releasing new submission guidelines for Boomerang Theatre Company and our FIRST FLIGHT festival. We are posting them below. They will also be posted on our “Submit a Play” page later this week. Hopefully this clears up some of the questions people have about sending us their work, and also reduces the amount of paper we receive. Questions, feel free to send them to us. Thanks!

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Boomerang Theatre Company welcomes submission of new plays to our FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival.bigstock-Female-hands-typing-on-a-lapto-26972300

FIRST FLIGHT provides rehearsal space, casting assistance and a public presentation to plays in development. We are especially interested in plays that deal with modern issues and questions, use theatricality in their presentation, and have a creative use of language. Submissions are not limited by subject matter, cast size, cast breakdown or setting requirements.

Each year, Boomerang has an open submission window from Aug 1st to Sept 15th in which to receive unsolicited script samples and materials. Please note: We now only accept submissions during this window. Submitting at other times will not be logged and read.

Unfortunately, FIRST FLIGHT is not a showcase in New York City for fully finished plays looking for production. No productions are guaranteed from participation in FF and there is no competition to win the festival.

Please submit 1) your resume, 2) a cover letter, 3) a synopsis of your play, and 4) a 10 page sample of the play. Note: this does not have to be the first 10 pages; merely the 10 pages that best represent the play and your writing.

Boomerang is no longer accepting submissions in hard copy. Please send materials electronically only.

Please submit materials to:
The Boomerang Theatre Company
Literary@boomerangtheatre.org
Questions can be directed to info@boomerangtheatre.org

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The 100 HAMILTONS campaign returns!

We need your support for our 100 HAMILTONS campaign

 “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”–Oscar Wilde

Boomerang has had an amazing year already in 2013, and it is about to get even better. We are celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season of making immediate, vital theatre here in New York, and we have celebrated this milestone with a hugely successful production of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III outside in June and July. Up next is our iconic three play Repertory Season opening September 14th, which we know you are going to love. We now ask you to support the Rep and our Anniversary thru 100 HAMILTONS.

100 HAMILTONS is our once-a-year, two week campaign to get 100 donations of $10 each (aka “a Hamilton”) for a grand spankin’ total of $1000. Each donation goes directly to funding our 2013 season. It’s a great way to do a lot, by giving a little.

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Once again this year there are three options for giving your Hamiltons…

1) The usual super way…$10 or more one time, all going towards our 100 Hamiltons goal. Reward: Good feeling, eternal gratitude, tax deduction. To make a donation, click here.

2) The new and improved Rock Star method…$10 or more a month, recurring every month for the next year! Reward: Also eternal gratitude et al, a hug from the Boomerang staff member of your choice, and your choice of Boomerang Baseball Cap or T-shirt. To make a donation, click here and click the “Recurring Donation” button.

3) And of course you can always send a check for any amount to Boomerang Theatre, P.O. Box 2307166 Ansonia Station, NYC 10023

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Philip Emeott and Nathan C. Crocker from Boomerang’s RICHARD III
(Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum)


The 100 HAMILTONS campaign only lasts until August 30th, so please donate today.  We will keep you updated on the progress of the campaign as we move closer to 100 Hamiltons.

Every donation helps, and we appreciate all you do to keep Indie Theatre alive in New York City! Thank you!