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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.

New FF

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.

Twelfth Night announcement

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.


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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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Photos from ALMOST FREE

Hello folks! Welcome to summer!

On June 10th, Boomerang hosted  the first of a series of readings of works in progress called FUTURE FEST. The idea is to give work that has progressed beyond the point of a First Flight reading and the resources that come with that, and now are in need of more time and more attention to continue their development. These are the works that we believe could end up in full productions in future Boomerang rep seasons or as stand alones. Hence the name…Future Fest!

(If you’d like to make a donation to support these readings of new plays, click here. We’d really appreciate it)

First up…ALMOST FREE by Tim Duncheon, directed by Kevin R. Free. The cast included Mary E. Hodges, Zak Hoogendyk, Blake Russell, Tarantino Smith and Sara Thigpen.

Here’s the blurb:
Philadelphia, 1793. When Nathaniel, a newly-freed slave, volunteers to help fight an epidemic killing the city’s white residents, he hopes to improve his position in society. Instead, he finds himself in a perfect storm of racial hatred, mutual distrust, and politics. Is it really possible for an ex-slave to achieve the American Dream?

If you missed the reading, you’ll have an additional opportunity to hear it this fall when we’ll present a new reading of ALMOST FREE as it continues to grow.

In the meantime, you can check out these photos from the reading.

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Grab yours masks and beads…It’s BARDI GRAS on February 28th!

For one night only, the sultry nights and cascading music of New Orleans come together with the poetry of Stratford Upon Avon. Tap into the spirit of the night for some romance, cocktails, masks, beads and adventure…


Mark your calendars and prepare to style yourself as a Shakespearean character, a famous New Orleanian, or a provocative mash-up of your own design. Masks are optional… and just a little decadent.

Welcome to the night you have been longing for.

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Join our Mailing List with a song in your heart

Hello folks…Boomerang is continuing work on the musical LOVELESS TEXAS with a sing thru/read thru of the full script and score next week. And we’d like to include you in the process!

(You can check out pics from our May workshop of LOVELESS TEXAS here, and listen to demo tracks of the score here)

Sign up for our mailing list today by clicking here and be entered to win an invitation to this exclusive preview of the show. The read thru is not open to the public, so this is a true “behind the scenes” look at how a new musical is created. We’ve got a terrific cast for the read thru (so exclusive, we cannot announce it), and we have two seats open…

Join the mailing list today, and come join us for this new musical romance!


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Deadline for the 2017 First Flight Festival approaches

Hey folks…Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting your work for the 2017 FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival is Oct 15th at 11:59pm EST(!). We’ve already received a record number of submissions, lets keep it going.

You can find all the details on how to submit here.

And for an idea of the type of work we develop, please check out the lineups of past festivals here.

Thanks much!




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A few (great) pics from ROCK-N-ROLES

Our 7th Rock-n-Roles event on Saturday October 1st was a amazing time. Thank you for all who participated and those who attended. This version, entitled ROCK-N-ROLES: COUNTRY ROCK BOOTLEG, included new 10 minute plays inspired by Country Rock songs.The lineup included:

-“Love Sneaking Up On You” inspired by Bonnie Raitt, written by Maria Seigenthaler, directed by Molly Ballerstein, and starring Christopher Borg, Siho Ellsmore and Marshall John Simon

-“Drunken Angel” inspired by Lucinda Williams, written by James Comtois, directed by Linda S. Nelson and starring Jamie Parton and Gabby Sherba

-“Be Mine” inspired by Alabama Shakes, written by Shelley McPherson, directed by Jen Wineman and starring Desmond Dutcher, Bethany Geragthy and Christina Elise Perry

-“Long May You Run” inspired by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, written by Kristine M. Reyes, directed by Christina Ashby and starring Emily Gardner Hall and Paul Sheehan

-“Morning Song” inspired by The Avett Brothers, written by Mateo Moreno, directed by Cailín Heffernan and starring Mark Souza, Sara Thigpen and Jaime West

The event was produced by Danielle Demisay, with support from Sue Abbott and on site support from Kat Meister and Erikka Anderson.

Here are a few pics from the event! (All photos by Kate Hess)

(L to R) Our lovely playwrights James Comtois, Maria Seigenthaler, Mateo Moreno, Shelley McPherson and Kristine M. Reyes
(L to R) Our wonderful team of directors Cailín Heffernan, Molly Ballerstein, Christina Ashby, Jen Wineman and Linda S. Nelson


To make a donation in support of Boomerang’s new play programs, please click here.