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There’s a Holiday Party at TheaterLab, and you are invited!

Our friends at TheaterLab (home for Boomerang’s recent Rep season, our Rock-n-Roles event, and numerous rehearsals) is throwing a holiday party tomorrow night, and you (yes, YOU!) are invited to celebrate.


Below is a note from Orietta Crispino …

“A famous American movie has the line, “If you build it, they will come.” Since I grew up in Italy, I know little about baseball or Kevin Costner, yet I believe this sentiment to be true. Twelve months ago I signed a lease on West 36th Street. A new lease on life for Theaterlab. I designed the space to maximize its beauty and efficiency for artmakers. And you have come in droves. Thank you for joining us in this new chapter.

What a whirlwind first year at the reborn Theaterlab. We’ve  hosted some amazing artists and companies—Reno, Forward Flux, Estrogenius Festival, League of Professional Theatre Women, Boomerang Theatre Company, Side Street Productions, and Voices Inside/Out among many. Theaterlab also produced the NOT-Made in Italy series, which showcased the work of mid-career Italian artists living in the diaspora and Celebrate the Artist. Our plan is to continue these awe-inspiring series in 2014.

We are also excited to host a rocking holiday party with Convergences and Kinesis Project on December 19th (RSVP to info@theaterlabnyc.com). Come one. Come all. We cannot wait to announce our upcoming artistic collaboration–Hotel New Work : Revealing Process–with these two fine companies.

As we prepare for our 9th groundbreaking season of producing new work and supporting thought-provoking artists,we are grateful for your support. We hope you will join us by making a tax-deductible donation and/or spreading the word about our lovely new home to your closest allies, colleagues and artists. In other words, we hope you will make Theaterlab your artistic home in 2014.

Wishing you lots of joy, peace, creativity and hope this holiday season. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead.orietta


Orietta Crispino

Give to Theaterlab 2014– Thank you for your support!

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Thank you to Rich Orloff

Those who’ve attended this year’s Birthday Bash on Saturday night were treated to a short play called FOURRich EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE WOMEN IN FOUR EXTREMELY EXOTIC LOCATIONS HAVING FOUR EXTREMELY EROTIC FANTASIES ABOUT (your name here) by Rich Orloff. As expected, it was hilarious, and the generous donor who claimed the role of “star” might have had the best time of anyone.

Rich has donated two of his “your name here” plays to Boomerang events, and he probably doesn’t get enough credit for his generosity. Rich’s comedies are produced all over the country and around the world, and he’s been a guest lecturer on comedy writing and the art of writing one-act plays. You can find out more info about his plays and about the man himself here. If one of his plays is running in town, you should go see it.

So here’s a huge shout out to playwright Rich Orloff, a terrific writer and all around good guy.

PS: One of Rich’s new plays, GUY STUFF, is having a public reading on Friday night November 22nd at 7pm as part of Boomerang’s FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We’d love to have you there! Tickets are free (donation suggested) and all the info can be found here.

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Thank you to all of our Mystery Box donors!

bigstock-Thank-you-vector-stamp-24628313One of last night’s highlights was the sale of 25 Mystery Boxes, which each contained a terrific prize ranging from 50-500 dollars. Each of those prizes was donated by some of our favorite organizations and people, and we wanted to thank them here. So thank you thank you thank you to:

St. Ann’s Warehouse
HERE Arts Center
NY Live Arts
Staten Island Ballet
Bowlmor Lanes
Natalie Wilson
Mark Morris Dance Group
DJ Brik Mason
Small Pond Enterprises
Limitone Salon
The Works Personal Training Studio
A2Z Massage Therapy

In addition, Brooklyn Brewery has a been a long time sponsor of our events, and we heartily thank them for their support.

Thanks to all for their generosity.

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The 2013 FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival is here


The 2013 FIRST FLIGHT  New Play Festival lineup is here. We are incredibly excited to have this lineup of readings to share with you. As you know, the festival goal is to support writers and new work as it develops both in rehearsal and in front of an audience. Please come out to ART/NY and give these new works a listen, so you can say you knew about it first!

Wednesday November 20th at 7pm
OFF TRACK by James Comtois
Directed by John Hurley
So what do you do when your last one-night stand has been found murdered? You venture out to a terrifying part of town amidst a transit strike to find the killer. Or wind up getting stranded and beaten to death in the process, whichever comes first.

Thursday November 21st at 7pmGoodnight Sunshine 2
VICIOUS by Zack Calhoon
Directed by Cat Parker
Read through the vantage point of their personal journals, Vicious, maps the the bloom and decay of the tumultuous and star-crossed relationship of Patrick and Emma. Maybe there is a reason why Romeo & Juliet die at the end of the play.

Friday November 22nd at 7pm
GUY STUFF by Rich Orloff
Directed by Linda S. Nelson
Can a recent grad from a small liberal arts college share a house with a bunch of beer-guzzling frat types?  A cross between The Odd Couple and Animal HouseGuy Stuff explores the concept of manhood, as practiced by a bunch of guys to whom adulthood is still a new concept. 

Saturday November 23rd at 7pm
Directed by Tim Errickson
Zoey just graduated from medical school at the top of her class. Her mother is selling the family home, her father is fighting a malpractice suit, and her boyfriend wants to get married. Curing cancer may be the easiest thing she does this month.

Sunday November 24th at 7pm
ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE by Crystal Skillman
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
Rock legend Kit Singer abandons her tour, returning to her family home for a concert celebrating the anniversary of her mother’s suicide. On the night before they are to play together once more, Kit reunites with her former band members, her sisters that she hasn’t seen in ten years. But when Max , Kit’s 15 year old wild child niece, unleashes her passionate desire to play with them – and Kit most of all- the family is forced to face the painful truths that created their songs, their lives, and their very selves.

All readings are at ART/NY, 520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd floor (Bruce Mitchell Room). All readings are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Please join us to support these exciting new plays!

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Mystery boxes, and how you can get one!

Boomerang’s upcoming 15TH ANNIVERSARY BASH will feature a number of fun things during the evening (in addition to the food, the booze and the view!) One of those things will be MYSTERY BOXES, which will include a variety of prizes donated for the event.

Included in these Mystery Boxes are:bigstock-Opening-A-Special-Present-Box-48434684
Theatre Tickets
High end bottles of wine
Dinner for two by a NYC celebrity chef
Voice lessons with a highly sought after NYC singing coach
Sport tickets
Hotel packages
Restaurant packages
– and much more!

Each VIP level ticket will automatically include the selection of a Mystery Box, and the remaining boxes will be sold during the evening to those with General admission tickets. All you do is select the one you want, and receive the prize inside.

The few VIP tickets that remain available can be purchased here. These tickets include open bar, delicious appetizers, a mystery box, live music and admission to an exclusive pre-party cocktail hour with the hosts, a private concert with the band and surprise guests.

General admission tickets can be purchased here, and include open bar, delicious appetizers and live music throughout the evening. You’ll also have the chance to buy a mystery box and bid on other items during the event.

We’ll see you there!

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You’re invited to Boomerang’s 15th Anniversary Bash!

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Hosted by Event Chairs Shay Gonen and Frank Kuzler

$50 Regular
ticket includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music and auctions for terrific prizes!
A limited number of $100 VIP ticket includes all of the above, plus exclusive pre-party cocktail hour and complementary mystery gift.
Tickets can be purchased here

Can’t make it to the event? You can make a tax-deductible donation here to continue your support of cutting edge Indie Theatre. Thank you.

Boomerang Board of Directors: Sue Abbott, Michael Champness, Tim Errickson, Shay Gonen, Amy Henault, Gordon Hui, Frank Kuzler and Michael Roderick

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Candida returns to TheaterLab this weekend

Boomerang’s production of CANDIDA by George Bernard Shaw returns to the stage this weekend for 5 consecutive performances, and we’d love for you to check it out. CANDIDA is a warm, funny story of a married couple who have their ideas of fidelity and intimacy challenged by a young poet. It’s one of GB Shaw’s most popular plays because of it’s great characters and modern sensibility. The cast is terrific, and I would really love for you to see this wonderful production.

Performances this weekend are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm and then Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm.
You can find more information here and tickets here. Enjoy!

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TO FOOL THE EYE opens tonight!

The third play in our 15th Anniversary Rep Season opens tonight. Having seen some of the dress rehearsals the last few days, I can tell you that you definitely need to catch this one. It is colorful, musical, and witty, played by a terrific cast. We want to see you there!

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Artwork by Stefano Imbert

The New York Premiere of
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Jean Anouilh’s Leocadia
Directed by Cailin Heffernan+

Amanda, a poor hat maker from Paris, is invited to a chateau by an eccentric duchess to spend a weekend trying to make her suicidal nephew, Albert, forget about the death of his great love, the divine Leocadia. Amanda, it turns out, is a dead ringer for the dead woman, and if she can convince Albert that she is his lost love for just three days, then Albert just might not kill himself. A charming and wickedly funny valentine to love lost and found again.

Featuring Timothy Babcock*, David Arthur Bachrach*, Joe Beaudin, Steven Cuevas*, Sidney Fortner*, Vince Gatton*, Jennifer Larkin*, Mel Nieves*, Anna Nugent*, Jared Reinmuth* and Sara Thigpen*
Stage Managed by Danny Morales and Tidtaya Sinutoke

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(Photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum)

Upcoming performances:
Friday Sept 20th at 8pm
Saturday Sept 21st at 8pm
Sunday Sept 22nd at 3pm
Wednesday Sept 25th at 8pm

September 20th-Oct 13th, 2013 in rotating repertory
Tickets are $20/$25 and can be purchased here

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Boomerang’s 15th Anniversary Collection

Indie Theater Now

The good folks at Indie Theatre Now are helping us celebrate our 15th Anniversary Season by publishing a collection of plays which premiered with Boomerang. Each of these plays was a part of our Rep Seasons, and many were workshopped thru the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We are extremely excited to have these plays available on Indie Theater Now. If you saw them onstage, you now have a chance to buy them and relive those thrilling experiences. And if you missed them the first time, here’s a chance to read these exciting works you’ve heard so much about. (One of them you can see performed right now!) Either way, these plays and the productions of them on Boomerang’s stages shaped the company we are today, and we are forever grateful.

The Plays are:

Aubergine Days by Roy C. Berkowitz (produced in September 2001 at the Flatiron Playhouse on 23rd Street, directed by Rachel Wood)
The Monster Tales by Mary Jett Parsley (produced in September 2002 at The Actors Theatre on 31st and 8th Avenue, directed by Amy Henault)
Giant-n-Variation by Francis Kuzler (produced at CenterStageNY in September 2005, directed by Eric Amburg)
Love in the Insecurity Zone by Mike Folie (produced at CenterStageNY in September 2006, directed by Rachel Wood)
Lickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens by Johnna Adams (our current hit, running at TheaterLab thru October 6th, directed by John Hurley)

You can find all of these plays available on Indie Theater Now.

Later this week, I’m contributing an introduction to this collection, talking about why we chose to produce them, memories of working on them, and how they fit in the context of our company.


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TO FOOL THE EYE’s Jennifer Larkin

I’ve asked various people who are working on the Rep season to contribute a blog post or two. We love introducing them to you, so that they feel like old friends a few weeks from now when you see them onstage. Here’s a post from Jennifer Larkin, one of the stars of To Fool The Eye opening September 20th.


1)      What’s your previous experience been with Boomerang? Productions, readings, workshops?

I am pleased to say that I have a longstanding history with Boomerang, my first show being in 2003 when I did Substance of John AP Book V: Jack Kerouac by (my then future husband) Frank Kuzler, after working on the play the previous spring as part of Boomerang’s First Flight series. In the following few years, I went on to do O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon and Anna Christie, as well as Giant-n-Variation, again by Frank. I have also happily participated in a number of the First Flights, and have always been a strong supporter of the company.

2)      How is the rehearsal process going for your show?

I have to say that working on To Fool the Eye has been a real pleasure. Cailin Heffernan is a wonderfully funny, honest and inspiring director, and I can say that after having worked with her previously on not only most of the Boomerang shows I mention above but also on many non-Boomerang projects, it is always an amazing ride with her. To do something like this that balances a wild, larger-than-life style and comedy with a story with some real heart, is the best kind of challenge.

3)      What are you most looking forward to about your show?

I can’t wait to see how it’s all going to fall into place. Being a non-singer, I love that I can say we have some terrific “numbers” up our sleeve in this show – it really is going to be such fun. And, I look forward to playing with this amazing cast each time. 

A little about Jen…
“In June 2009, I proudly helped launch the not-for-profit organization DecadesOut. Its mission is to raise public awareness of the cultural impact between science and humanity. It produces works of fiction and non-fiction in theatre, film, and the visual arts. In New York, I have also produced theatre in the New York International Fringe Festival and am actively involved in the development of a number of film projects at DedPro Inc.

I proudly hold a BA in English and a BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut, and have also studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School. I am also pleased to report an affinity for pilates, baking, and chasing after my very own Superhero-in-training, my 3-year-old son Frankie .”

To Fool The Eye runs September 20th-Oct 13th at TheaterLab. Tickets are available here.