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2017 Season, Boom Artists, Boomerang Support, fundraising, How you can help, Indie Theatre Community, Opportunities, Planning, Shakespeare

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.

THE RECKLESS SEASON playwright Lauren Ferebee
2017 Season, Boom Artists, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Planning, The Reckless Season

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
THE RECKLESS SEASON playwright Lauren Ferebee
2017 Season, Boom Artists, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Planning, The Reckless Season

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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2016 Season, 2017 Season, Boom Artists, Boomerang Support, Indie Theatre Community, Loveless Texas, Planning, Rock and Roles

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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2016 Season, 2017 Season, 20th Anniversary Season, Boom Artists, Boomerang Support, First Flight, First Flight New Play Festival, How you can help, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Planning, Rep Season, Rock and Roles, Shakespeare

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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Michael Roderick
Boom Artists, Boomerang Support, donations, How you can help, Indie Theatre Community, Planning

The Boomerang Community: Michael Roderick

As part of our Holiday fundraising campaign, 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. You can make any size tax-deductible donation here.

But don’t take our word for it…

Michael Roderick

It’s one thing to respect the work of a theatre company in NY and come and see some of their shows, it’s another thing to enjoy the work and the people so much that you become a board member. Such was the case for me as a result of seeing a number of Boomerang’s shows and having Tim be a part of some of the earlier networking events I threw.

What drew me to the company originally was the fact that all of the actors who I respected and admired where doing Boomerang shows. It seemed that any time I would see a great Indie Theatre play, there were people who were in it who I had previously seen in a Boomerang production so I was naturally curious to see more of the shows. As I started hanging out more and more, I was eventually approached by Tim and Sue about being on the board. Having been involved with Broadway and a number of other ventures I was approached by a number of people about being involved in boards and had originally decided that there really was no time to do it, but after having seen such great work and great people for so many years, I decided I’d give it a shot.

It’s been a really incredible experience thus far. I am involved in artistic as well as business discussions, I get to watch new playwright’s develop their work and meet fantastic people on every show. I also get to be part of a community that is keeping Indie Theatre alive here in the city. So many companies start off with a bang and phase out by their second year, but Boomerang continues to produce year after year thanks to a commitment for putting on great work and a commitment to the artists that are part of its community. Most importantly, thanks to people who believe so much in the development of artistis work that they support it year after year. Thanks to all who have donated to Boomerang thus far and for those who will donate in the future. We can’t do this without all of you.

I’m proud to be a Boomerang board member and hope you’ll take the time to show your support this holiday season.  I started out as someone who just came and saw a few shows and now I’m proud to be part of the family. I invite you to be part of that family too. Happy Holidays.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

Shelley McPherson
Boom Artists, Boomerang Support, donations, How you can help, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Planning

The Boomerang Community: Shelley McPherson

As part of our Holiday fundraising campaign, 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. You can make any size tax-deductible donation here.

But don’t take our word for it…

Shelley McPherson

The team at Boomerang Theatre Company care passionately about the creation and development of new plays.  They back up their mission statement with action and commitment.  A well-respected playwright himself, Tim leads the company with warmth, truth, and a fierce dedication to new work; his energy would seem to suggest that this is Boomerang’s first season, not its 17th.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having two of my full-length plays read in the company’s annual First Flight reading series. Both times, my work was richly supported, and the process was especially helpful to me in further developing the two plays.


In addition, I have participated, as a writer, in the past two editions of Boomerang’s Rock-N-Roles , an adrenaline-producing 24 – hour  new play happening wherin the company mixes a potent cocktail of writers, directors, actors , and song prompts , and then shakes, adds garnish, and serves these new plays 24 hours later at a (very fun and festive) fundraising party. Both of the evenings I participated in brought forth a diverse selection of short new plays full of invention, creativity, and the spark of spontaneity.

Further evidence of Boomerang’s imaginative approach to exploring new work came last fall, when, along with half a dozen other writers, I was invited to custom-create a monologue for a donor to perform as part of the company’s fundraising efforts. At the culmination of this project, in January, we gathered to hear this brand new series of specially written monologues, all loosely connected to a theme, read by Boomerang donors.  It was a unique and bonding fundraising concept for writers and donors alike.

With limited resources, extreme enthusiasm, and a dedicated, unflinching intention, Boomerang Theatre Company, against all economic odds, continues to provide a true home for new plays and new ideas; it is a home I proudly call my own.  I encourage you to help Boomerang with its important mission to develop new plays on a budget in NYC.  It is a tough job, but Boomerang is up for the challenge.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here