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Pictures from KNIFEPLAY by Shelley McPherson

Hello everyone! We’ve continuing to share photos of the year-long celebration that is the 2018 First Flight New Play Festival.

This year’s festival is expanded to a year long celebration of new plays. It will include readings and workshops of 20 new works, in honor of our 20th Anniversary. We think this festival is a wonderful way for us to invest in new plays and the people who make them.

If you’d like to support this season, you can make a donation here

In January, we hosted the first four readings of the festival. Check out some pictures below!

Knifeplay
by Shelley McPherson
Directed by Jerry Ruiz

Photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum Theatrical Photograph

Thank you to all the artists who made this reading possible.

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Pictures from THE DYING FALL OF GARY FLETZNER reading

Hello everyone! We’ve been busy for the first three months of the 20th Anniversary season with so many things. First was the kickoff of our annual First Flight New Play Festival.

This year’s festival is expanded to a year long celebration of new plays. It will include readings and workshops of 20 new works, in honor of our 20th Anniversary. We think this festival is a wonderful way for us to invest in new plays and the people who make them.

If you’d like to support this season, you can make a donation here

In January, we hosted the first four readings of the festival. Check out some pictures below!

The Dying Fall of Gary Fletzner
by Adam Kraar
Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum

Photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum Theatrical Photography.

Thank you to all the artists who made this reading possible.

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The 20th Anniversary Season

Hello everyone!

We kicked off our 20th Anniversary Season this weekend with readings and rehearsals and old friends. It was a great start, and I wanted to fill in some of the details on the rest of the season as we know it.

The readings this weekend were part of First Flight New Play Festival, one of Boomerang’s signature programs. Normally, FF Readings take place over a single weekend and consist of 4-6 readings of new plays. For 2018, we are expanding the festival into a year-long celebration of new plays, featuring 20 new plays in development.

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This weekend we featured the first four of those new plays (THE DYING FALL OF GARY FLETZNER by Adam Kraar; NICHIIWAD by Hal Corley; KNIFEPLAY by Shelley McPherson and PERSEPHONE (A NEW MYTH FOR A HOTTER WORLD) by Kristen Palmer) and we have five more readings coming up March 9th-11th, 2018. The remaining 11 will be presented in September and November, 2018. We think this abundance of new play readings will make an even larger impact on new play development, and continue to build the community that supports new work.

To support these readings, we have two big fundraising events that will get everyone up and dancing! We start on Feb 13th with BARDI GRAS, our own wild mashup of Shakespeare and Mardi Gras style.  Last year’s party featured costume contests, trivia prizes, drink specials and beads beads beads! And this year’s party promises more of the same!

On Monday April 23rd,  we celebrate the man himself, Will Shakespeare on the day he shook off this mortal coil. The celebration will feature songs, dancing, prizes, raffles and collaborations between our team and our theatrical colleagues throughout the city. Did you say “puppets?” Yes, there will be puppets.

And we close out the first half of the 20th Anniversary season with a return to where it all began in 1999…Central Park. Sara Thigpen will direct TWELFTH NIGHT, with performances beginning June 16th on the lawn at 69th Street and Central Park West. Expect music, disguises, true love, and bawdy hilarity.

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There’s not a thing in this schedule you should miss! So save these dates!

The schedule:
February 13th–Bardi Gras!
March 9th-11th–First Flight 20 Readings
April 23rd–Shakespeare’s Death Day Celebration!
June 16th-July 17th–TWELFTH NIGHT in Central Park
September 2018–First Flight 20 Readings
October 2018–Mainstage production
November 2018–First Flight 20 Readings and Rock-n-Roles

If you wanted to donate to these programs, you could do so right here. And we’d be forever grateful.

Thanks!

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Why New Plays Matter

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our 20th Anniversary Holiday Campaign. We’re off to a great start, and there’s still time for you to join the team. Take a look at this great new video below asking for your help to support New Play Development.

We’re asking for donations of $20 to support our 20th Anniversary.

  1. A $20 monthly recurring gift (about sixty five cents per day) makes the most impact on our artists and our audience. This allows us to sustain the work even when no box office comes in or while waiting for grant money to arrive (we often have to wait a long time between “winning” the grant and actually GETTING the grant money). You can make a recurring donation here.
  2. A $20 one time gift helps to support new plays and new visions. In our first 19 seasons, we have brought 60 plays to life in full productions, and nearly 100 in labs, workshops and readings. Your gift is significant! You can make a one time donation here.

One of the major programs you are supporting during our 20th Anniversary are our New Play programs. Check out this short video about why new plays matter.

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Our new play programs make a huge impact by creating an artistic home for many playwrights. Thank you in advance for your support!

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2017 First Flight

Boomerang is happy to announce the list of Finalists for the 2017 FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We are so excited to continue exploring these terrific new plays.

Finalists:

The Day We Were Born by Jaisey Bates
Hello, World! by Stephen Bracco
The Bigsley Project by Catherine Castellani
Nichiiwad by Hal Corley
TV Boyfriend by Matthew A. Everett
Tape Don’t Lie by Kirby Fields
Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara by Fengar Gael
Wake by Vince Gatton
The Alternate Possiblilities of Our Past and Future History with Particular Regard to the Identification of the Eastern Puma and The Corps of Discovery by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk
Hotline by Jack Gilhooley
Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke
Fake Plastic Love by Terence Hughes
The Dying Fall of Gary Fletzner by Adam Kraar
Sinner-Man by Liz Maestri
Knifeplay by Shelley McPherson
The Girl Who Lived by David Meyers
“i am a drop’dead gorgeous, fabulous, stylish, exotic’ass gem amongst thousands of rocks” by elliot rodger by Matthew Paul Olmos
Persephone, or things that come out of the ground by Kristen Palmer
Lush by Nicole Pandolfo
Hungry by Lia Romeo
Door to Balloon by Greg Romero
Siamese Cycle by Tidtaya Sinutoke
Midwives by Suzanne Trauth
Karate Hottie by Catherine Weingarten

Stats Update: 374 general submissions,  broken down into 248 (66%) by Male Playwrights and 126 (34%) by Female Playwrights (note: This is not self identified, but rather an overview general observation of names.) From which, we selected 24 Finalist Round plays, with a breakdown of 11 (46%) by Male Playwrights and 13 (54%) by Female Playwrights.

We will announce the Participants in the 2017 Festival shortly, along with a full festival schedule.

If you would like to make a donation to support The First Flight New Play Festival and the presentation of new plays, click here.

 

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The Boomerang Community: Gabby Sherba

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.

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But don’t take our word for it…

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Upon arriving in New York in 2009, I found myself sifting through scam artists and egomaniacs as I began my search for collaborators in theater and film. Suddenly, an abundance of bands and musical artists presented themselves with cooperative spirits of passion and oneness and very quickly soaked up the majority of my creative time and energy. I thought I might have stepped outside of theater altogether. ‘Yeah,’ I thought, ‘I guess NYC thespians comprise a rather hideous species; industry is a murderer of all beautiful concepts, etc.’

One day I was connected to Boomerang Theatre Company for an audition. I was alerted that the role in question would involve partial nudity but, after a week-long (possibly internal) exclamation of, ‘OH GOOD, MORE BLEEPING BUFFOONS TRYING TO GET ME NAKED UNDER THE GUISE OF A THEATER PRODUCTION,’ I met Tim Errickson and discovered in him and his colleagues sincerity, talent, and dedication of a caliber I had not yet encountered in this city. Soon I was enjoying Boomerang’s new works and innovative classical re-tellings from both audience and performer perspectives, and feeling incredulously grateful to have found a nurturing creative home amongst tremendous talent, vision, and goodness. The First Flight readings I’ve had the joy of acting in have given me wonderful scene partners, challenging material that I find engaging and relevant, and invaluable connections to people I admire and am so fortunate to now call collaborators. The Rock-N-Roles 24-hour play festival tradition has done the same in addition to demanding a spontaneous deepening expansion of my memory and of my improvisational skills and general fearlessness as both actor and musician, which is something I could be spending my money on trying to achieve in a class. I hope to see this kind of environment continually supported and thriving for many years to come.

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Gabby Sherba in “Drunken Angel” by James Comtois in Boomerang’s ROCK-N-ROLES: Country Rock Bootleg

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The Boomerang Community: Adam Kraar

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…

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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.

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Playwright Adam Kraar (far right) with the cast of his play DREAM OF A DEER AT DUSK in The First Flight New Play Festival

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.

Please consider giving this unique theatre company a donation!

You can make a tax deductible recurring donation here.