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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.

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.

Thanks!

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LOVELESS TEXAS

Welcome to Loveless Texas!

We are so excited to share the details of our next production with you. LOVELESS TEXAS, with music and lyrics by Henry Aronson and libretto and direction by Cailín Heffernan, will begin performances September 6th at The Sheen Center for a three week run. Casting is underway, and tickets are now on sale.

As many people know, this show has been in development for nearly a decade, beginning as an idea then a few songs and then a few more until finally we arrive here. We’ve begun pre-production on this initial production, which marks Boomerang Theatre Company’s first ever musical project.

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The Production Team held captive until I can get a photo!

We are assembling a terrific team for LOVELESS TEXAS. In addition to Cailin directing, we have Marci Skolnick (Production Stage Manager), Timothy Babcock (Assistant Stage Manager) and Rebecca Meyers (Stage Management Intern). On the design side, we have Cheryl McCarron (Costumes), Michael O’Connor (Lighting), Evan Hill (Sets), Ian Wehrle (Sound), Dan Renkin (Movement/Fights) and Theresa McElwee (Vocal Coach). Rounding out the team are interns Charlotte Hopkins (Producing), Lauren Frazier (Marketing), Ivy Swinski (Costumes) and Maggie Cunningham (Lights/Sound/Projections). And as always, the incomprable Stefano Imbert has done the artwork.

The whole event is produced by Boomerang, with Danielle Demisay, Kate Holland and Yoni Vendriger serving as Associate Producers.

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Henry Aronson and Cailín Heffernan, creative forces behind LOVELESS TEXAS (Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum)

We cannot wait to have you join us! Grab your tickets today ($30 tickets for the first 5 performances, then $40 after that…!)

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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…

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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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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 RECKLESS SEASON will premiere in Spring 2017

We’re extremely excited to announce that THE RECKLESS SEASON by Lauren Ferebee will debut with Boomerang in Spring 2017. This world premiere production will be directed by Dominic D’Andrea, and Lauren will be coming in from Dallas at different points in the production process as well. The play is a dark comedy about growing up, coming home, unlikely bonds, and the definition of family.

Here’s the blurb:

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 video game 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. 

More to follow as we move thru the audition process and design process. To make a donation to support THE RECKLESS SEASON, please click here.

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THE RECKLESS SEASON playwright Lauren Ferebee

 

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A quiet summer? Hardly.

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Hey everyone…although it seems like a relatively quiet summer here at Boomerang, it’s been anything but that. In our first summer without an outdoor Shakespeare production since 1999 (some 18 free shows in parks throughout NYC), we’ve been incredibly busy with preparations for the 2016/2017 season.

But yes, it’s very weird to not be in the park each weekend.

What have we been doing with our time? Well…

  1. We’ve been searching for the right venue for LOVELESS TEXAS, which will make its debut in 2017. The workshop went very well, and the creatives team is ready to take on the challenges of a full production.
  2. To support LOVELESS, we have an online auction going right now of terrific donated items. In all honesty, I want to keep all of these and give them as gifts, but I can’t. We’ve got a wine basket, jewelry, makeup, skin care systems and so much more. You can take a look at all of these treasures here.
  3. In keeping with the musical stylings of LOVELESS, we are beginning work on an alt-country and Americana ROCK-N-ROLES event in September. Expect Lone Star beer on ice and a two-step in your heart.
  4. And the final event of the year will be…well, I just start giggling whenever I begin to type it. So consider it a secret for now. Just know that it’ll be a mash up, throw down party of creativity, performance, booze, silliness, and full madness. Save the date: November 12th.

Plus, we’re trying to go to the beach as much as possible.

More to update as we go. Have a great summer…we miss you, too.

 

 

 

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New and improved us!

Hello all…We’re very excited to see Spring recently (although the recent snows and rains make it feel a little undecided still), and with that I wanted to reach out and talk about Boomerang’s 2016 and 2017 Season programming, which will be different from years past.

First, a little context: We’ve been programming the same way nearly since our inception in 1999. We produce Shakespeare plays outdoors, a rotating rep indoors, and a new play development festival. These three programs have been terrific for us, allowing us to work with tremendous artists and introducing us to so many people. But as we approach our 20th Anniversary season in 2018, we’re thinking about new ways to produce work, and new ways to serve both artists and audiences.

This refection couples along with the fact that a number of plays or projects we’ve developed have not reached any audiences yet. Internally, we talk about this “back log” all the time, plays that are SO good, can you believe no one has produced this yet, or projects that need the last bit of time and effort before debuting for the world. We often let these projects go if they didn’t fit into one of our three programs.

But no longer.

Our 2016 and 2017 season will be spent doing three things:

  1. Taking on these projects that inspire us creatively, getting them onstage rather than withering on the page. If they fit in as an outdoor show or a rep show, great. If not, we’re doing them anyway.
  2. We’re going to explore how technology can be used to extend the audience for the shows we’re producing. Does a show close with us and then move to become an indie film? Does it get adapted to webisodes? We want each project to have those opportunities, both to share the work with more people and also to support artists’ careers and exposure.
  3. We’re going to solve the question of space going forward. We have been itinerant since the closing of CenterStageNY, and whether we build a space or partner with an existing one, we’re going to find a home that we can support and that can support us.

Ok, but what does this all mean?

Our first project in this 2016/2017/2018 initiative will be LOVELESS TEXAS, a terrific new musical based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and composer Henry Aronson have been working with us on this project for nearly a decade, and we are delighted to support this show to its premiere. We’ll be doing a workshop of new material in May, and looking for a full production in late 2016 or early 2017.

All of our efforts will go into LOVELESS, and as a result we will not be producing a Shakespeare play this summer. We’ll be back in 2017.

Following LOVELESS, we have a short list of plays we are going to produce in 2017/2018. They include THE RECKLESS SEASON by Lauren Ferebee, my own play WARM ROSES, and Eric Overmyer’s THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET BY SCOTT JOPLIN AND LOUIS CHAUVIN. And there are more as well. We are also going to resume efforts to bring Jamie Pachino’s WAVING GOODBYE to our company. We’ve been very close before on that one, and it’s a labor of love for me. With any luck, it’ll be the signature production of our 20th anniversary season in our new artistic home.

In addition to all of this, we will still continue to present the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival and our incredible ROCK-N-ROLES events. We love our community and want everyone to join us in creating new work and new experiences.

If you feel like you want to make a donation to support these efforts you can do that here. And you can visit our website here to keep up on all these developments.

That’s it for now, sorry for the long post. We love you all and appreciate all the affection you’ve shown our little company for 18 years.

Thanks!

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