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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.

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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

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The Boomerang Community: Amy Lee Pearsall

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…

Amy Lee Pearsall


Boomerang Theatre Company
comes at you from the front with the classics, and then swings around from the back with productions of exciting, original works. Whether it’s Shakespeare performed in one of our city’s beautiful parks, a revival of a period favorite, or an original play taken from table-read, to trial-run with bare minimum effects, to full-staging with elaborate costumes, this is a company that strikes from all directions and to delightful effect.

It is not an exaggeration to say that most actors that I’ve personally encountered at the AEA center, I first saw onstage in a Boomerang production.  I think there’s a reason for that. There’s a shared dedication to quality, to professionalism, and to craft between this company and the actors it attracts.

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l to r: Isaiah Tanenbaum and Amy Lee Pearsall in LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS (2015). Photo by Kate Hess.

 

 

Boomerang’s passion for timeless works and boundary-pushing new plays is evident, as is its love of theatre and the indie theatre community as a whole. The company’s drive is admirable, its successful 17-year history speaks for itself, and we are all the richer for it.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

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The Boomerang Community: Amanda Tudor

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…

Amanda Tudor
In a city of millions where the competition is stiff and fierce, communities are few and far between.  Most “communities” want something from you without much to give back.  Most theatre companies I’ve worked for, want my support without supporting me.  To most companies, I’ve become another one of the millions in competition.  But not Boomerang.  Boomerang is unlike any other community I’ve been a part of; they’ve taken care of me.

Here are my top 3 reasons, after 5 years, I still donate to Boomerang:

  1. Boomerang brings Shakespeare for FREE to the masses

Every year in the park, Boomerang puts on quality Shakespeare in interesting and fun ways. They share the work with tourists and natives alike.  Children get exposed to new work, picnics get to be feasted and shared and communities are built.  Stop by for 5 minutes or stay for the whole show.  It’s like a pop up shop of awesomeness and Shakespeare.

l to r: Jonathan Dewberry, Catherine McNelis, Amanda Tudor and Jason Loughlin in Boomerang's THE TEMPEST in Central Park (2010)
l to r: Jonathan Dewberry, Catherine McNelis, Amanda Tudor and Jason Loughlin in Boomerang’s THE TEMPEST in Central Park (2010)
  1. I’m supported by the company

The shows I’ve done in the past 5 years have been amazingly supported by the company.  Namely Tim Errickson has been to see my plays and has been there to laugh the loudest.  Always the supportive friend, he genuinely cares about my career and my successes…even if they’re not associated with the company.  My Kickstarter campaigns are donated to, Facebook posts responded to: I am supported by my community.

  1. New plays and playwrights are given a chance

New plays, just like new actors, need an ally.  And Boomerang is that ally.  Every year, new plays are given a workshop setting, a public reading and support of the company.  What an amazing resource for actors as well! Working on new works, perhaps teaming up with new playwrights, and creating more work for themselves.

This is my community: the group of rockstars that want to create and lift up the theatre.  I hope this season you’ll give back to the community that gives so much.  Be a part of this community with me, help us continue to bring theatre to the people and people to the theatre.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

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Important info about Flights of Fancy and The First Flight New Play Festival

thank you sign in the woods
for all your support of our 2015 Season!

Thanks so much to everyone involved with our 2015 season. We’re really excited to continue working on our annual First Flight New Play Festival and our Flights of Fancy benefit brunch. But we’re not going to do that this year.

We’re hitting the “pause” button on these projects for the time being, and we’ll continue them again in 2016. In the meantime, if you have a ticket purchased for Flights of Fancy, expect a refund coming your way asap.

Thanks so much! More details to follow on other Boomerang news and projects!

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First Designs for the “Flying Machine”

One of the most exciting moments in LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS is the invention of the FLYVEMASKINE or “Viking Flying Machine”.

Set Designer Sandy Yaklin showed us a first draft of the machine, and we wanted to share a sneak peak with you! Take a look!

Tickets are available here for performances beginning May 1st!
Fly machine

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Announcing Boomerang’s 2015 Season

rsz_boomthtrco_wht_strke_logo_sm_final_2colorsWe are proud to announce our 2015 lineup!

The return of the acclaimed comedy…
LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS, AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS
by Johnna Adams
Directed by John Hurley
May 1-17th, 2015

Our 17th summer of Free Shakespeare..
CYMBELINE
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Cailin Heffernan
June/July 2015

The 13th Annual
FIRST FLIGHT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
November 2015

We hope you will join us for this exciting lineup of projects. Tickets for LICKSPITTLES… will go on sale April 1st, and look for production updates on casting, performances dates, and venues. Thank you for being part of our 17th Season!

To make a tax-deductible donation to support our season, click here