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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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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)

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

 

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Rock-n-Roles: Country Rock Bootleg

Make sure you join us this Saturday October 1st at 7:30pm for a wild and raucous ROCK-N-ROLES: COUNTRY ROCK BOOTLEG. We’ve got a tremendous lineup of talented folks making brand new 10 minute plays inspired by some of the greatest Country Rock of all time.

Five songs will be selected randomly from these kick-ass musicians…

rnr-graphic Lucinda Williams * Johnny Cash * Band of Horses
Alabama Shakes * The Lone Bellow
The Avett Brothers * Bonnie Raitt * John Cougar Mellencamp
and more…

From there, it’s all creative chaos and chaotic creativity…Playwrights create overnight, directors shape the work, actors learn their lines, and in a mad dash of insanity, hilarity and daring…new plays are born.

Participants in this year’s event include Christina Ashby, Molly Ballerstein, Christopher Borg, James Comtois, Desmond Dutcher, Siho Ellsmore, Emily Gardner Hall, Bethany Geraghty, Cailín Heffernan, Shelley McPherson, Mateo Moreno, Linda S. Nelson, Jamie Parton, Christina Elise Perry, Kristine M. Reyes, Maria Seigenthaler, Paul Sheehan, Gabby Sherba, Marshall Simon, Mark Souza, Sara Thigpen, Jaime West and Jen Wineman.

Come check out which songs spark great new plays!

Doors open at 7pm; performances begin at 7:30pm

at Lucid Body House
230 Lexington Avenue
(between 33rd and 34th Streets)
NYC

Tickets are just $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.
And of course there will be beverages available.

Grab your tickets here

All proceeds support Boomerang Theatre Company’s new play programs.

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Rock-n-Roles: Country Rock Bootleg edition

Hello everyone! We’ve got the next edition of Rock-n-Roles coming up on OCTOBER 1ST and we couldn’t be more excited. This one’s going to have an Alt-Country vibe to it, just as fun as our previous events but with a little more foot stompin’…

ROCK-N-ROLES is a one night only event in which playwrights craft brand new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock-n-roll songs. Previous “albums” have included plays inspired by Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Cure, The Rolling Stones and more. The plays are performed live onstage with a crazy good group of actors and live musicians.

Drinks will be flowing, chords will be strummed, and hearts will be broken. You gotta be there.

Doors open at 7pm; performances begin 7:30pm

Early Bird tickets are $20 and include a free drink at the event (offer ends Sept 23rd!)
General Admission tickets are $20 beginning Sept 24th thru Oct 1st
Cash tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $25

Turn your theatre up LOUD!
All proceeds benefit Boomerang Theatre Company’s New Play programs.

Grab your tickets now before they’re gone!

http://www.boomerangtheatre.org

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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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