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Bardi Gras! Feb 28th! Food and Fun and Booze! (did that get your attention?)

Hi all…We still have a few tickets available for our fundraising BARDI GRAS celebration this Tuesday Feb 28th at Madame X, “the sexiest bar in New York”. You dont want to miss this one!

Tickets are available here.

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Announcing dates and venue for THE RECKLESS SEASON

Hello everyone…

Happy New Year! We’re incredibly excited to announce additional details for the world premiere production of THE RECKLESS SEASON by Lauren Ferebee, Boomerang’s first production of 2017.

THE RECKLESS SEASON will begin performances April 21st, 2017 at TheaterLab NYC (357 W 36th Street, NYC). The production will be directed by Dominic D’Andrea, with designs by Boomerang alums Kia Rogers (Lights) and Philip Emeott (Projections), along with Scott Tedmon-Jones (Sets), Andy Evan Cohen (Sound) and Viviane Galloway (Costumes). Antonio Minino and Kampfire Films PR return to handle press/publicity duties. Full casting will be announced shortly.

About the play:
It’s 2008 in small town USA, and there is nothing Norman Rockwell about it. Simon’s returned home after two tours in Iraq to find his alcoholic mother dead by suicide and his younger brother, Terry, strangely obsessed with an early-90s videogame about ancient Sparta. Between Terry, Terry’s truck stop co-worker, Lisa, and Flynn, their mother’s co-dependent former drug dealer, Simon’s dream of peace and quiet quickly evaporates. Wrestling with the aftermath of death, and realization that no one knows what comes next, these four Americans grasp toward adulthood in a place they dream of leaving. 

THE RECKLESS SEASON will run for 14 performances from April 21st thru May 7th, 2017. Tickets will go on sale on Feb 15th.

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THE RECKLESS SEASON playwright Lauren Ferebee
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The Boomerang Community: Jack Halpin

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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Sometime soon after moving to New York City I was fortunate to be introduced Tim Errickson. My first jobs NYC theatre jobs were mostly on the road and when I was able to focus more on life and work here, I became involved with the Fringe/Off Off Broadway/Independent Theatre scene, inevitably meeting Tim. Before actually collaborating with Boomerang Theatre Company I was welcomed as a guest, colleague and a friend by people I met there; I found a place that valued sharing and respect – a place where I felt respected for who I was and what I was able to bring to the room – a place that was doing some really cool work and had a vision.

When cast, I was given a wonderful variety of roles in plays and readings that spanned genres and styles. A 5 park tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya reset in late 1980’s Bainbridge Island, Washington State. Backstage at a haunted drag club in Taylor Mac’s thoughtful short play written and performed in 24 hours. These plays and more challenged me in my craft and helped me find my place in the city’s theatre world. Moreover, I’ve seen some tremendous performances there and been able to work with some of my favorite artists. They’ve been part of my ongoing education as a theatre artist.

The folks at Boomerang became a tremendous resource to me when I took a leadership role at Art House Productions in Jersey City. They offered advice and support readily. Numerous performers have worked with both our companies. Boomerang became like a slightly older cousin to Art House, in my view; and while I couldn’t spend as much time, I always feel welcomed back.

Having spent much of my artistic work behind the scenes as well as in the spotlight, I observe how arts organizations affect not only the participants but also the greater community. From the popular free Shakespeare in the parks to accessible, affordable productions of plays from the classics the brand new, Boomerang Theatre Company has been consistently contributing to the cultural landscape of New York and the area for 18 years now.

That’s an achievement.

I’m happy they are taking a renewed initiative in the the development of original works for the stage.

Please consider helping support their vision.

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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.

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Boomerang’s Holiday Campaign for New Plays…why recurring donations?

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Boomerang’s annual holiday appeal kicked off November 29th with an different appeal than usual: a recurring donation.

Instead of asking for a donation of $50 or $100 at the end of the year, we’re asking for donors to make smaller donations ($10 or $25 are suggested) on a monthly basis, as a means of helping our organization grow throughout the year rather than in one moment. How does it help?

Well, it allows us to have a steady income each month, helping us manage expenses when there are lean months when we do not have box office income, grant income or special events. Imagine a steady allowance each month, versus getting a lump sum.

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Additionally, it hopefully allows the donor to support more work than a larger sum in one donation. Imagine your smaller monthly donations funding projects throughout the year like THE RECKLESS SEASON in April, free Shakespeare in July and LOVELESS TEXAS in October.

So with this thinking, we’ve set a goal of 100 donors pledging $10 per month for 12 months, and 50 donors pledging $25 per month.

This method of giving is revolutionizing fundraising in all sectors of the non-profit and philanthropic communities. For us, it is the most important fundraising campaign we’ve ever undertaken. It is a campaign to raise the most money, to provide opportunities to the most artists, and to produce the most challenging projects we’ve ever developed.

But more importantly, it’s a campaign to support new plays. The writing that will make an impact on our society and be included in the national repertory for years, decades to come.

We need your help to hit all the goals we have, and to deliver on our promises to our audiences and our artists.

You can make a fully tax-deductible donation to the campaign here.

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