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A few random questions for…Vinnie Penna

Boomerang has been lucky enough to work with Vinnie Penna since 2004. Audiences have seen memorable performance of his as The Hungry Mother in Eric Overmyer’s NATIVE SPEECH, Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (2014) and Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2004), and THE TEMPEST in 2010. He’s currently starring as Pisanio in CYMBELINE (running thru July 19th). He answered a few random questions for us while gearing up for the final four performances of CYMBELINE…

Vinnie Penna as Pisanio in CYMBELINE
Vinnie Penna as Pisanio in CYMBELINE

Full Name: Vincent Penna Jr.

Home town: Valley Stream, NY

How many Boomerang shows have you done? Not counting readings, 24-hour festivals, and benefits, this is my fifth Boomerang production (four of which were outdoor Shakespeare productions).

Tell us a little about PisanioPisanio is in a unique position in this play. He’s a regular guy. Not royalty, not particularly military, just a working stiff. Honest and loyal to the point of being dishonest and disloyal if it serves the greater good.

What is your favorite thing about working on Cymbeline? The appeal of Cymbeline is that it’s a later work that defies easy categorization–not necessarily a so-called problem play, like Measure for Measure or The Merchant of Venice. Above all, the language is so beautiful, and reflects the growth and maturity Shakespeare achieved at this juncture in his career.

What’s your favorite place in New York City? I’m not an outdoorsy sort, so I’m tempted to say my favorite place in NYC is my apartment, but that’s boring. I’ll admit to digging the High Line and certain points on the west side Greenway.

In keeping with the spirit of economy, can you give us your 6 word memoir:  “Is that a meteor? Run, guys!!!”

CYMBELINE continues performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2pm thru July 19th.

Vinnie Penna as Bottom in 2014's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Vinnie Penna as Bottom in 2014’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Boomerang Theatre Company

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14 Playwrights, 7000 audience members, and 1 special request

When looking back on our year at Boomerang Theatre Company we have been thrilled to have had the opportunity to:

  • Give 14 playwrights the opportunity to develop new work
  • Produce 2 exciting Shakespeare Revivals in outdoor settings
  • Provide entertainment for over 7000 audience members

And none of this would have been possible without YOU our generous donors and supporters. This year your support has been invaluable in paying for everything from rehearsal space to period costumes, to compensation for all of the incredible talent we’ve been able to bring together. We are so grateful for those of you who attended our shows, donated to our campaigns, and spread the word on social media. We love making great theatre for you and we’re excited to make even more in 2015.

In the coming year, we plan to:

  • Host another FREE Shakespeare production in Central Park 
  • Expand our First Flight new play festival and continue to support the work of talented playwrights. 
  • Present the first musical in Boomerang’s production history

And we hope that you’ll be a part of all of this with us again. As we close out 2014, we look to you our supporters to help us continue the work we’re doing.

That’s why we’re asking you to consider making an end of the year donation to the company so that we can continue this great work. 

We know that this time of year your inbox is usually loaded with requests for support, and we appreciate you considering us in your end of year giving process. We have an ambitious season ahead of us and we’re counting on your support.

Won’t you join us in making awesome theatre in 2015?

You can make so much happen by simply clicking here.

Here’s to an incredible 2015.

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,
Tim, Sue, John, Cailin and Danielle

P.S.- Your support really does make a HUGE difference! Again, you can donate quickly and easily by clicking HERE

See you in 2015! 

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Central Park
A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Central Park

Love's Labour's Lost in Bryant Park
Love’s Labour’s Lost in Bryant Park

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Artwork for Love’s Labour’s Lost

For anyone who hadn’t seen the remarkable artwork for LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, here it is again. Stefano Imbert has outdone himself this season, which includes this piece and the art for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. LLL is directed by Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailín Heffernan.

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST opens August 14th in Bryant Park at 7pm. The production runs until August 30th.

Would you like to make a donation to support the show? We value your financial support now more than ever.
Thank you in advance!

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#BoomLLL

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First Rehearsals for LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

On Monday July 14th, we began rehearsals for our upcoming production of LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST,directed by Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan. I wanted to share a few pics from the table read. Yes, there are a lot of people in this tiny room!

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST runs August 14th-30th in Bryant Park (42nd Street and 6th Avenue)

Would you like to make a donation to help support this production? Please click here!

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Join us for the Midsummer finale weekend!

Folks…we don’t want you to miss one of the final two performances of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM this weekend in Central Park. Please join us!

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
Directed by John Greenleaf

Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th at 2pm
in Central Park (71st Street and Central Park West)
enter at W69th or W72nd Streets
 
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Admission is Free!
No tickets, no lines, no hassle
Just bring a blanket, a picnic, a friend or nothing at all!

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We’ll see you there!

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Midsummer Night’s Dream opening day pictures

(Don’t worry, we put all the incriminating ones on Instagram)

On June 21st, we celebrated not just the first performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (which, by the way, is a critical and audience hit!) but also marked our 16th season in Central Park. We are honored to provide access to free Shakespeare performance, and have performed for near twenty five thousand audience members during that time.

Here’s a few pics of the talented and sexy cast of MIDSUMMER enjoying opening day!

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(photos by Crystal Arnette)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM returns to Central Park this Saturday July 12th at 2pm in . For more info, click here.

Would you like to make a donation to help support this production? Please click here!

 

 

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Rehearsal pics from MIDSUMMER!

Hello folks…

We’ve had a handful of rehearsals for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM so far, and our beautiful cast of thespians has begun finding their way thru Shakespeare’s funniest romantic comedy. Here’s a few candids of our team at work…

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM opens June 21st in Central Park. Enter at 69th and Central Park West and listen for the Lion roars 🙂

Would you make a donation to support the production? Click here to join the team!

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Introducing the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We are super excited about the dynamite cast John Greenleaf has assembled for our 2014 production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. The show opens June 21st in Central Park.

The cast includes William John Austin (Oberon), Jeff Burchfield (Starveling), Miles Butler (Flute), Caleb Carlson (Theseus), Laura Darrell (Hermia), Edgar Eguia (Snug), Bret Richard Hoskins (Lysander), Cassandra Johnstone (Hippolyta), Adriana Jones (Lavender), Annalisa Loeffler (Titania), Dan Lovley (Snout), Uriel Menson (Egeus), Scott Michael Morales (Puck), Kristin Patton (Helena), Vinnie Penna (Bottom), R. David Robinson (Quince), Spencer Scott (Demetrius) and Barbara Drum Sullivan (Philostrate).

The production team includes Sarah Lahue (Stage Manager), Danielle Demisay (Assistant Director), Jessa-Raye Court (Costumes), Joe Mathers (Fight Direction) and interns Ashley McDonald and Kat Meister.

We cant wait to get these guys out in the park!

Here are a few snapshots from first read thru…

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A Shakespeare Double Dip this summer

One of Boomerang’s core programs is producing free Outdoor Shakespeare in parks. During our 15 year history, we’ve played 126 free performances, for over 15,000 spectators. Needless to say, we are big fans of Will’s work, and happy to keep his words alive in our parks each summer.   

Boomerang is proud to announce our Summer 2014 lineup…

Scarlet Flower In The Night
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Directed by John Greenleaf
June 21st thru July 20th in Central Park

Love, jealousy, and meddling parents force four teenagers to flee to the forest, right into the middle of a hissy fit between the King and Queen of the fairyland. Can the right pairs of lovers find each other?

 

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

In Association with Bryant Park Corporation
Directed by Cailin Heffernan
August 14th thru 30th in Bryant Park

A king and his friends swear an oath to renounce women for three years while studying together. But scholarship and brotherhood take an interesting turn with the arrival of four lovely ladies. The boys go in disguise to woo, but the gals have the upper hand. Don’t they always?

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This summer mark’s Boomerang’s 16th summer of free Shakespeare in New York, with no tickets or lines to wait in. We look forward to seeing you in the park this year.

Would you like to make a contribution to support our free Shakespeare productions?

100% of your donation will go directly to funding costumes, props and rehearsal space. Your donation makes the parks come alive with theater each summer!

Can you donate $250? $100? $50? Or something else?

Your gift helps continue to make New York City the most exciting town in the whole world. If, as Will says, “All the world’s a stage…”, then your support helps make it that way. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.