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Wait- Giving Wednesday- (1)

Well, we like to do things a little differently around here. Different things like free productions in Central Park, new plays inspired by rock music, and classic works together in rotating rep. Yeah, we’re kooky like that. But we see things with a unique point of view, and use performances to speak about ourselves in personal ways.

We talk about what matters to us, about dreams and frustrations, about hope and love, and about loss and grief. We reflect back the world as we see it.

If you are interested in supporting our work, we’d love to have you along for the ride. It can be bumpy, funky, wild or intense, but it’s never boring.

Please make your tax-deductible donation right here. Thank you very much!

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Important info about Flights of Fancy and The First Flight New Play Festival

thank you sign in the woods
for all your support of our 2015 Season!

Thanks so much to everyone involved with our 2015 season. We’re really excited to continue working on our annual First Flight New Play Festival and our Flights of Fancy benefit brunch. But we’re not going to do that this year.

We’re hitting the “pause” button on these projects for the time being, and we’ll continue them again in 2016. In the meantime, if you have a ticket purchased for Flights of Fancy, expect a refund coming your way asap.

Thanks so much! More details to follow on other Boomerang news and projects!

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Who doesn’t love a Bloody Mary?

Please join us for our upcoming Flights of Fancy 2015 event on Sunday November 15th

This year’s event will be a lively and fun party serving specialty brunch treats, sweet and savory nibbles and endless Bloody Mary cocktails to warm the senses. And…We’ll be introducing the participant playwrights for the FIRST FLIGHT Festival and showcasing previews of their upcoming readings.

But really, you’re coming for these handsome devils…

A Boomerang Bloody Mary? Why yes, I think I will...
A Boomerang Bloody Mary? Why yes, I think I will…

Early Bird tickets are available for just $25 until November 1st. You can get yours here.

Flights of Fancy 2015
Sunday November 15th beginning at 1pm
at Blue Jeans Studio, 149 W 24th Street on the 5th Floor
Early Bird Tickets (until November 1st) just $25
Proceeds support Boomerang’s new play development programs

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Announcing the finalists for the 2015 First Flight New Play Festival

boom_first_flight%206Hello all…Our annual FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival is right around the corner (beginning November 20th). We received a terrific pool of submissions this year from over the country (and Canada), running the full gamut in style and genre. We’re proud to announce the finalists for this year’s festival below:

Incomplete Works by Dennis Agle
Blanquita by Zack Calhoon
Koalas by J.Joseph Cox
He’s Back by Mark Daponte
The Job by Letha Dawson
We Pray Together by Charles Denk
Discreet Global Assets by Lauren Ferebee
In the Night Cafe by Evan Guilford-Blake
The Marble Muse by Diane Hale
Specimen Days by Alexander Kafka
The Boy Inside by Richard Kalinoski
Truth Dare by Tori Keenan-Zelt
Blood Will Out by Laura King
The Politics of Fabulousness by Judy Klass
Dancing on the Edge by Adam Kraar
The Prisoner by Jim Lucason
The Consequence of Impression by Deborah Magid
Pericles Wet by Ellen Margolis
Contained Fires by Seth McNeill
The Snowmaker by Aleks Merilo
Feeble-Minded White Trash by Susan Middaugh
The Truth Is… by Earl T. Roske
Caesar’s Blood by Rich Rubin
Time to Change by Patricia Saunders
Sanctuary, North by Robert Schneider
Anna’s Mother by Tom Smith
The Blood Lie by Shirley Vernick
Keeping Secrets by Michael Wolfson

Statistics: 39% of the finalists for the 2015 festival are female playwrights and 61% male playwrights. Overall submissions pool (both finalists and those not considered finalists) consisted of 33% female playwrights and 67% male playwrights.

For more details about the festival, check out our website.

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Vote for which song gets included in Rock-n-Roles!


Join us this weekend for a rockin’ and rollin’ good time at ROCK-N-ROLES. Got your tickets yet?

As you know, ROCK-N-ROLES brings together Indie Theatre playwrights to write brand new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock songs. Beginning today, everyone who buys an advance ticket between now and Friday September 25th at midnight can vote to add one of these great songs to the evening!

Rock n Roles

Want to see a play inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”? How about the soulful Southern rock of Alabama Shakes’ “Always Alright”? Maybe you’re a big fan of The Kinks’ “Come Dancin’ ” or Maroon 5’s “Payphone”. The song with the most votes will have a new play written in their honor.

Get your tickets today and cast your vote!

ROCK-N-ROLES is a one night only exclusive event in which playwrights craft brand new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock songs. Previous “albums” have included plays inspired by Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hall & Oates, Neil Young, Elton John and more. the plays are performed onstage with a live band.

Sunday September 27th at 7pm
$20 tickets (which includes one drink ticket) can be purchased here.

357 W 36th Street, NYC

All proceeds support Boomerang Theatre Company’s new play programs, including the 2015 First Flight New Play Festival and mainstage premiere productions.

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Boomerang’s Rock-n-Roles shreds on Sept 27th

Rock n rolesHey everyone…we really want you to join us for another very special night of ROCK-N-ROLES on September 27th at 7pm. It’s going to be tremendous fun as always, and we want to share it with you!

For those who don’t know, ROCK-N-ROLES is a new play event where 6 playwrights randomly select a song from a hat and then write a new 10 minute play using that song as inspiration. They write overnight and begin rehearsing their play the next morning with cast and director. All six plays premiere that evening. It’s a high-wire, exciting event with loads of fun, and great music to top it all off.

Previously we’ve had plays inspired by The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”, Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California”, Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady”, Springsteen’s “Born To Run” and Thin Lizzie’s “The Boys are Back in Town” to name just a few.

ROCK-N-ROLES will be Sunday September 27th at 7pm at TheaterLab, 357 W 36th Street, 3rd floor.
Tickets are $20 and include one drink ticket. They can be purchased in advance here.

All proceeds support Boomerang’s new play development programs including the 2015 First Flight New Play Festival, kicking off November 18th.

Chords will be strummed, hearts will be broken, and Rock will be King. Don’t miss it!

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Fun Photo Collages for the Season

Hi everyone…Here at Boomerang we put together photo collages for Annual Reporting requirements (basically we send these off to people who are looking for photographic evidence we actually did things). I thought we’d share them with you, as sort of a visual summary of what we’ve been doing these last 12 months. We’re still working on the version of Love’s Labour’s Lost…

First Flight



Lickspittles, Buttonholers, andDamned



Cymbeline (4)

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Sharing our applause with you!



Thank you to everyone who supported CYMBELINE in Central Park this summer. We are grateful for your attendance, your time and your love.

“Brilliantly funny, filled with music and dance and with many sensitive performance which are audible even over the usual traffic of Central Park. You can feel the dedicated teamwork and the firm, delicate directorial touch guiding the play and audience with a rare clarity.”
–Glenda Frank, nytheatre-wire.com

If you loved the production and wanted to vote for it, we are registered with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. The NYIT Awards are the highest honor for Off-Off Broadway, and every vote counts. Thank you in advance!

This summer marks Boomerang’s 17th summer of free Shakespeare in New York. We look forward to seeing you in the park again next year.


Please consider showing your support of our work! Click here to make a secure donation to support The Boomerang Theatre Company.

If you’d prefer to send a check, please make it payable to Boomerang Theatre Company and send it to P.O. Box 237166 Ansonia Station, New York NY 10023

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Even More Production Photos from CYMBELINE

Because the show just looks so damn good…Final performances are Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th at 2pm in Central Park. Free admission, no tickets or reservations required!

Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 5 Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 3 Boomerang Theatre Company's CYMBELINE 2 Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 4 IMG_1491  IMG_1503  IMG_1515  IMG_1529  IMG_1658  IMG_2048  IMG_2106  IMG_2179 Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 1

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A Few Random Questions For…Dan Renkin

Dan Renkin is the kind of person you want as a fight choreographer…A soft spoken, patient, creative, bad-ass. Some folks may remember him onstage for Boomerang last summer in Love’s Labour’s Lost in Bryant Park (a show in which he also did the fights). Dan answered a few random questions while preparing for the final two performances of CYMBELINE this weekend (July 18th and 19th at 2pm) …

Dan Renkin (l) with the cast of Love's Labour's Lost in Bryant Park
Dan Renkin (l) with the cast of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Bryant Park

Full Name: Dan Renkin

Home town: Wait…*where* am I?

How many Boomerang shows have you done? Beyond the Horizon, Love’s Labors, Cymbeline*
(* we actually counted later, and he also worked on Anna Christie and a few others as well. The exact number has been lost to history…)

Tell us a little about your role as Fight Choreographer: Shakespeare’s story meets (director) Cailín (Heffernan)’s devised world meets The Cast. It’s teasing out how this story needs to get told, with a physical vocabulary that makes sense for our version of the world of the play. Our Cymbeline is stylized, which works beautifully for a small ensemble, and in our park performance spaces–the actors’ bodies are our architecture, and define space. In the fights, that stylization can help define emotion, too.

What is your favorite thing about working on CYMBELINE? Great words, great people. Boomerang is a family of generous and astonishing people. It’s sort of a gifted-and-talented program for professional adults. Playful and enthusiastic collaboration always makes my work easier–and better–and more fun to do.

What’s your favorite place in New York City?  The stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.  Looking out.

In keeping with the spirit economy, can you give us your 6 word memoir:  Sci-fi geek runs with pointy stick.

Cymbeline runs July 18th and 19th at 2pm in Central Park (enter at 72nd and Central Park West) Additional details can be found here. Cymbeline is free, no tickets or reservations are required.

Dan Renkin (left) with Vinnie Penna (center) and Annalisa Loeffler (right)
Dan Renkin (left) with Vinnie Penna (center) and Annalisa Loeffler (right)