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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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Vote for which song gets included in Rock-n-Roles!

ROCK-N-ROLES

Join us this weekend for a rockin’ and rollin’ good time at ROCK-N-ROLES. Got your tickets yet?

As you know, ROCK-N-ROLES brings together Indie Theatre playwrights to write brand new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock songs. Beginning today, everyone who buys an advance ticket between now and Friday September 25th at midnight can vote to add one of these great songs to the evening!

Rock n Roles

Want to see a play inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”? How about the soulful Southern rock of Alabama Shakes’ “Always Alright”? Maybe you’re a big fan of The Kinks’ “Come Dancin’ ” or Maroon 5’s “Payphone”. The song with the most votes will have a new play written in their honor.

Get your tickets today and cast your vote!

ROCK-N-ROLES is a one night only exclusive event in which playwrights craft brand new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock songs. Previous “albums” have included plays inspired by Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hall & Oates, Neil Young, Elton John and more. the plays are performed onstage with a live band.

Sunday September 27th at 7pm
$20 tickets (which includes one drink ticket) can be purchased here.

TheaterLab
357 W 36th Street, NYC

All proceeds support Boomerang Theatre Company’s new play programs, including the 2015 First Flight New Play Festival and mainstage premiere productions.

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Boomerang’s Rock-n-Roles shreds on Sept 27th

Rock n rolesHey everyone…we really want you to join us for another very special night of ROCK-N-ROLES on September 27th at 7pm. It’s going to be tremendous fun as always, and we want to share it with you!

For those who don’t know, ROCK-N-ROLES is a new play event where 6 playwrights randomly select a song from a hat and then write a new 10 minute play using that song as inspiration. They write overnight and begin rehearsing their play the next morning with cast and director. All six plays premiere that evening. It’s a high-wire, exciting event with loads of fun, and great music to top it all off.

Previously we’ve had plays inspired by The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”, Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California”, Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady”, Springsteen’s “Born To Run” and Thin Lizzie’s “The Boys are Back in Town” to name just a few.

ROCK-N-ROLES will be Sunday September 27th at 7pm at TheaterLab, 357 W 36th Street, 3rd floor.
Tickets are $20 and include one drink ticket. They can be purchased in advance here.

All proceeds support Boomerang’s new play development programs including the 2015 First Flight New Play Festival, kicking off November 18th.

Chords will be strummed, hearts will be broken, and Rock will be King. Don’t miss it!

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A picture of Rock-n-Roles is worth a thousand “Thanks”!

 

Rock n rolesThanks to all who came out to celebrate ROCK-N-ROLES with us on Saturday April 5th. It was a great night of fun and music, with plays inspired by Bob Seger’s “Night Moves”, Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True”, Bryan Adams’ “Run To You”, Jackson Browne’s “Tender is the Night”, Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock”.

Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Crystal Arnette

Leah Dietrich and C.L. Weatherstone in "Night Moves"
Leah Dietrich and C.L. Weatherstone in “Night Moves”
Heather Cunningham and Stacey Raymond in "You Make My Dreams Come True"
Heather Cunningham and Stacey Raymond in “You Make My Dreams Come True”
Sandra Williams and Marshall Simon in "Tender is the Night"
Sandra Williams and Marshall Simon in “Tender is the Night”
Gavin Starr Kendall and CJ Walker in "Harvest Moon"
Gavin Starr Kendall and CJ Walker in “Harvest Moon”

Special Thanks to our loud and loyal audiences; our talented actors, directors and playwrights; our crew of sexy volunteers (Gage, Saluda, Jamie); our wonderful stage manager Marci Skolnick; and Event Chair Michael Champness who, along with Lesley Blackledge, did another terrific job behind the bar.

 

All the proceeds from the evening will support Boomerang’s new play development programs, including the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival, internal readings of works in progress, and full productions of new plays in our Rep Seasons. 

 

Would you like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support ROCK-N-ROLES and New Play Development? Your donation of $25 or more sustains our continued committment to new writing that examines our shared cultural moment. You can make your secure donation here. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Boomerang’s ROCK-N-ROLES is back with a vengeance!

Rock n roles

Join us on Saturday April 5th for a night you won’t ever forget…The triumphant return of ROCK-N-ROLES, an evening of new plays inspired by some of the greatest songs of all time!

Announcing the track list for ROCK-N-ROLES!

Night Moves by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Run to You by Bryan Adams
You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates
Tender is the Night by Jackson Browne
Lights by Journey
Harvest Moon by Neil Young
Loves Me Like A Rock by Paul Simon
Fall on Me by R.E.M.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Remember, six of these songs will be used as inspiration for our playwrights to create new 10 minute plays. Which six? You’ll have to join us on Saturday April 5th and see if your favorite was selected!

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In ROCK-N-ROLES, playwrights randomly select a song on Friday night, then write a 10 minute play inspired by the song, which is performed onstageSaturday night with an all star cast and live musicians!

We’ve got a crazy good lineup of players for this event including…
Mike Aguirre, Philip Emeott, Susan Ferrara, Larry Kunofsky, Mateo Moreno and Shelley McPherson on lead vocals (or playwrighting, if you prefer)

Danielle DemisayRich Ferraioli, Cailin HeffernanJohn Hurley, Linda S. Nelson and Cat Parker on scorching lead guitars (directing)

and Susan Atwood, Heather Cunningham, Leah DietrichGavin Starr Kendall, Jason Loughlin, Stacey Raymond, Marshall Simon, Brian Silliman, CL WeatherstoneLiz Whittemore, Kayla Wickes, Carsey Walker, Jr. and Sandra Williams providing the driving beat (performing)

All musically accompanied onstage by Bob D’Haene
So mark your calendars for this dynamic mix of theatre and rock-n-roll! Plus drink specials that will light up your night!

Saturday April 5th at TheaterLab
357 W 36th Street, 3rd floor
Tickets are $20, going to benefit Boomerang’s new play development programs.

We’ll see you there!

Turn your theater up LOUD!

Guitar In Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t make it to the gig, but still want to support the cause?
Click here to make your secure donation to The Boomerang Theatre Company

If you’d prefer to send a check, please make it payable to Boomerang Theatre Company and send it to P.O. Box 237166 Ansonia Station, New York NY 10023

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Rock-n-Roles is Back!

As promised, we’re bringing back our infamous ROCK-N-ROLES for another tour date on Saturday April 5th at TheaterLab!

Rock n roles

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 selected at random. Previous showings have included plays inspired by Springsteen, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Cure, The Rolling Stones and more. The plays are performed live onstage with crazy good group of actors and live musicians.

The lineup is going to be spectacular…playwrights so far include Mike Aguirre (of Rising Sun’s Ice Age), Philip Emeott (star of Boomerang’s Richard 3), Susan Ferrara (writer of The Machine from First Flight 2011), Larry Kunofsky (Van Gogh Among The Hipsters in First Flight 2013), Shelley McPherson (Exit Zero in First Flight 2013) and Mateo Moreno (Bohemian Valentine in The Planet Connections Fest 2013). That is a crackerjack group of scribes, folks.

The director list is just as impressive, featuring Indie superstars Danielle Demisay, Rich Ferraioli, Cailin Heffernan, John Hurley and Linda Nelson.

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

Save the date! Circle it in BIG Sharpie. You’ve got plans on this night.
Saturday April 5th at 8pm at TheaterLab, 357 W 36th Street, 3rd floor
Featuring new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock-n-roll songs!

Turn your theater up LOUD!

Guitar In Fire

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Plans, Plans, Plans! (and still more Plans!)

Hello all! And welcome to 2014!

If you are thinking to yourself “hey, it’s been 2014 for a while now”, well you are right. But we are just now getting around to welcoming you to the new year and talking about what’s coming up from your favorite Indie Theatre friends.

John Greenleaf (kneeling) as Claudius in 2012's HAMLET
John Greenleaf (kneeling) as Claudius in 2012’s HAMLET

Out next production will be A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM outside in Central Park beginning June 21st. We’re super excited to have John Greenleaf directing this production, after years of having him stealing scenes in multiple shows outside. John’s wealth of experience will give us a really fun and youthful Midsummer.The production will play on weekends in Central Park June 21st and 22nd, June 28th and 29th, July 12th and 13th, and July 19th and 20th.

We are also planning the next incarnation of our melodic and magical ROCK-N-ROLES! We’ll have new 10 minute plays each inspired by a great rock song. Part concert, part play, all bad ass. Look for that on April 5th, 2014. More details, including the full talent lineup, to follow soon.

a shot of the huge crowd at the 2013 Rock-n-Roles
a shot of the huge crowd at the 2013 Rock-n-Roles

We have more exciting news to announce in the very near future, including the 2014 FIRST FLIGHT Festival and our next Rep season. We’re also going to introduce you to our 2014 intern team and other new staff folks you’ll want to get to know.

So thank you very much for all your endless support, and welcome to 2014!