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Bardi Gras, fundraising, How you can help, Indie Theatre Community, Shakespeare

Grab your Crew for BARDI GRAS on Tuesday February 28th!

Mark your calendars, and bust out your costumes and masks for BARDI GRAS on February 28th.

The evening has all the makings of a night you will never forget…adventure, romance, mystery, passion, music and a libation or three to wash it all down.

This is the night you’ve been waiting for. The siren sound in your heart is leading you to this moment. We cannot wait to experience this epic night with you.

Mardi Gras is famous for its Crews, groups that together dress in a theme, build a float together, or celebrate in their own unique style. Gather your crew, dress as creative or provocative as you dare, and sample what the night has to offer.

Put together your Crew of sexy Shakespeareans. Or dare to assemble as the most notorious New Orleanians you can think of. Or mix and match to your heart’s content.

Tickets go on sale later this week, and we have a limited number. Make sure you get yours early.

Follow us at @boomerangtheatre to make sure you have all the info.

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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.

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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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Bill as Lear in KING LEAR (2006)
Boom Artists, Indie Theatre Community, Rep Season, Shakespeare

Every Inch a King…

We learned today that a member of the Boomerang extended family passed away last week after a long and heroic battle with multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells).

Bill Fairbairn was a long time actor and collaborator with us on a number of Boomerang projects, beginning in 2002 when he joined the ensemble of Craig Lucas’s PRELUDE TO A KISS at The Actor’s Playground. Following that, he played the Lear in our 2006 park production of KING LEAR. His Lear was another turning point for us as a company, as Bill challenged us to be better as an organization and as artists.

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Bill as Lear in KING LEAR (2006)

He was an ardent supporter of our work, and generously opened his home in Tribeca many times for gatherings and cast parties. In addition to Boomerang, Bill worked at Jean Cocteau Rep, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Actor’s Shakespeare Company and many others.

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Bill with John Dalmon, Kate Sandberg, Justin R.G. Holcomb and Beth Ann Hopkins (on ground) in KING LEAR (2006)

We join Bill’s family in mourning his passing, and in recognizing his extraordinary life. He celebrated his 80th birthday in 2015, and was said to be as dashing and charming as ever. Bill passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday January 10th, 2016.

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Cast photo of PRELUDE TO A KISS (2002)

A memorial service here in NYC will be held in April 2016 for his friends and family to pay their respects. Charitable donations in lieu of flowers are being set up by his family, and we’ll pass all this information along as we receive it.

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In performance pic taken by a prop camera onstage during PRELUDE TO A KISS (2002)
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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…

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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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Fun Photo Collages for the Season

Hi everyone…Here at Boomerang we put together photo collages for Annual Reporting requirements (basically we send these off to people who are looking for photographic evidence we actually did things). I thought we’d share them with you, as sort of a visual summary of what we’ve been doing these last 12 months. We’re still working on the version of Love’s Labour’s Lost…

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Lickspittles, Buttonholers, andDamned

 

 

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Sharing our applause with you!

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Thank you to everyone who supported CYMBELINE in Central Park this summer. We are grateful for your attendance, your time and your love.

“Brilliantly funny, filled with music and dance and with many sensitive performance which are audible even over the usual traffic of Central Park. You can feel the dedicated teamwork and the firm, delicate directorial touch guiding the play and audience with a rare clarity.”
–Glenda Frank, nytheatre-wire.com

If you loved the production and wanted to vote for it, we are registered with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. The NYIT Awards are the highest honor for Off-Off Broadway, and every vote counts. Thank you in advance!

This summer marks Boomerang’s 17th summer of free Shakespeare in New York. We look forward to seeing you in the park again next year.

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Please consider showing your support of our work! Click here to make a secure donation to support 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