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Pictures from THE DYING FALL OF GARY FLETZNER reading

Hello everyone! We’ve been busy for the first three months of the 20th Anniversary season with so many things. First was the kickoff of our annual First Flight New Play Festival.

This year’s festival is expanded to a year long celebration of new plays. It will include readings and workshops of 20 new works, in honor of our 20th Anniversary. We think this festival is a wonderful way for us to invest in new plays and the people who make them.

If you’d like to support this season, you can make a donation here

In January, we hosted the first four readings of the festival. Check out some pictures below!

The Dying Fall of Gary Fletzner
by Adam Kraar
Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum

Photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum Theatrical Photography.

Thank you to all the artists who made this reading possible.

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The 20th Anniversary Season

Hello everyone!

We kicked off our 20th Anniversary Season this weekend with readings and rehearsals and old friends. It was a great start, and I wanted to fill in some of the details on the rest of the season as we know it.

The readings this weekend were part of First Flight New Play Festival, one of Boomerang’s signature programs. Normally, FF Readings take place over a single weekend and consist of 4-6 readings of new plays. For 2018, we are expanding the festival into a year-long celebration of new plays, featuring 20 new plays in development.

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This weekend we featured the first four of those new plays (THE DYING FALL OF GARY FLETZNER by Adam Kraar; NICHIIWAD by Hal Corley; KNIFEPLAY by Shelley McPherson and PERSEPHONE (A NEW MYTH FOR A HOTTER WORLD) by Kristen Palmer) and we have five more readings coming up March 9th-11th, 2018. The remaining 11 will be presented in September and November, 2018. We think this abundance of new play readings will make an even larger impact on new play development, and continue to build the community that supports new work.

To support these readings, we have two big fundraising events that will get everyone up and dancing! We start on Feb 13th with BARDI GRAS, our own wild mashup of Shakespeare and Mardi Gras style.  Last year’s party featured costume contests, trivia prizes, drink specials and beads beads beads! And this year’s party promises more of the same!

On Monday April 23rd,  we celebrate the man himself, Will Shakespeare on the day he shook off this mortal coil. The celebration will feature songs, dancing, prizes, raffles and collaborations between our team and our theatrical colleagues throughout the city. Did you say “puppets?” Yes, there will be puppets.

And we close out the first half of the 20th Anniversary season with a return to where it all began in 1999…Central Park. Sara Thigpen will direct TWELFTH NIGHT, with performances beginning June 16th on the lawn at 69th Street and Central Park West. Expect music, disguises, true love, and bawdy hilarity.

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There’s not a thing in this schedule you should miss! So save these dates!

The schedule:
February 13th–Bardi Gras!
March 9th-11th–First Flight 20 Readings
April 23rd–Shakespeare’s Death Day Celebration!
June 16th-July 17th–TWELFTH NIGHT in Central Park
September 2018–First Flight 20 Readings
October 2018–Mainstage production
November 2018–First Flight 20 Readings and Rock-n-Roles

If you wanted to donate to these programs, you could do so right here. And we’d be forever grateful.

Thanks!

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2017 First Flight

Boomerang is happy to announce the list of Finalists for the 2017 FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We are so excited to continue exploring these terrific new plays.

Finalists:

The Day We Were Born by Jaisey Bates
Hello, World! by Stephen Bracco
The Bigsley Project by Catherine Castellani
Nichiiwad by Hal Corley
TV Boyfriend by Matthew A. Everett
Tape Don’t Lie by Kirby Fields
Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara by Fengar Gael
Wake by Vince Gatton
The Alternate Possiblilities of Our Past and Future History with Particular Regard to the Identification of the Eastern Puma and The Corps of Discovery by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk
Hotline by Jack Gilhooley
Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke
Fake Plastic Love by Terence Hughes
The Dying Fall of Gary Fletzner by Adam Kraar
Sinner-Man by Liz Maestri
Knifeplay by Shelley McPherson
The Girl Who Lived by David Meyers
“i am a drop’dead gorgeous, fabulous, stylish, exotic’ass gem amongst thousands of rocks” by elliot rodger by Matthew Paul Olmos
Persephone, or things that come out of the ground by Kristen Palmer
Lush by Nicole Pandolfo
Hungry by Lia Romeo
Door to Balloon by Greg Romero
Siamese Cycle by Tidtaya Sinutoke
Midwives by Suzanne Trauth
Karate Hottie by Catherine Weingarten

Stats Update: 374 general submissions,  broken down into 248 (66%) by Male Playwrights and 126 (34%) by Female Playwrights (note: This is not self identified, but rather an overview general observation of names.) From which, we selected 24 Finalist Round plays, with a breakdown of 11 (46%) by Male Playwrights and 13 (54%) by Female Playwrights.

We will announce the Participants in the 2017 Festival shortly, along with a full festival schedule.

If you would like to make a donation to support The First Flight New Play Festival and the presentation of new plays, click here.

 

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The Boomerang Community: Adam Kraar

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. You can make your pledge here.

But don’t take our word for it…

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No doubt your radar is already jammed with a jillion appeals from theatres of all sizes.  So what makes Boomerang Theatre Company different from all the other companies seeking your support?

It seems to me that Boomerang Theatre does not “have an agenda.”  Oh, they have a mission – “producing… plays that add to the vibrancy of the national theatre canon.”  But, unlike so many other theatre companies, there’s a remarkable purity about their artistic choices and their support of artists.

My experience with Boomerang is as a playwright (three of my plays were developed in their First Flight New Play Festival) and audience member.

What struck me instantly about the New Play Festival is that Tim Errickson, the artistic director, makes it all about serving each particular play – and playwright.  Way too often in the world of new play development, the “agenda” for the process comes from the theatre’s preconceived aesthetic or their set ideas of how development time should be used.  Not so at Boomerang:  Tim (who’s also an accomplished playwright) understands that not all plays benefit from the same developmental trajectory – and he trusts that playwrights know a lot about what will advance their scripts.

For each of the plays I worked on, the Festival was truly a Springboard. Dream of a Deer at Dusk went on to become a finalist in the National Playwrights Conference, won an award from Theatre Squared, and has been offered a regional production next season.  In Loco Parentis was a finalist for the Trustus New Plays Festival, was selected for a week-long workshop at High Desert New Play Development and will be part of this season’s “America Rising” series at Bristol Riverside Theatre.

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Playwright Adam Kraar (far right) with the cast of his play DREAM OF A DEER AT DUSK in The First Flight New Play Festival

What’s Boomerang’s secret sauce?  I believe it includes two crucial ingredients.  First, a bold integrity about their artistic choices.  Boomerang’s season is never predictable, and always wonderfully eclectic.  Second, they provide artists with a genuinely safe space to explore new work and then share it with an audience.

Please consider giving this unique theatre company a donation!

You can make a tax deductible recurring donation here.

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Announcing the lineup for FIRST FLIGHT 2014

Thank you so much to all who submitted their work to us. We are extremely proud to announce the participants in this year’s FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. To make a reservation for any of these events, please email ff@boomerangtheatre.org. Here we go!

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Wednesday November 19th at 7pm
Blood Affection
By Vincent Sessa
Directed by Cailin Heffernan
It is a day like no other in the history of the marriage.  Their son dead, and so many other students at the High School shot and killed.  Shuttered in their bedroom the following morning, Karen and Carl dress.  Articles of clothing are considered or rejected, as every article of faith in the marriage itself is mercilessly examined.

Thursday November 20th at 7pm
World Builders
By Johnna Adams
Directed by John Hurley
Whitney and Max would rather not have a relationship. With each other or anyone. The complex fantasy worlds they live in make it unappealing. Unfortunately, they’re in a clinical drug trial to test an experimental drug to cure their schizoid personality disorders. A cure that will kill both their worlds. In the course of the six week drug trial, falling in love becomes . . . less unappealing. But when they have a chance to stop taking the pills– should they let two entire worlds die for the sake of their love? Because that would suck.

Saturday November 22nd at 3pm
No One’s Watching
By Michael Aguirre
Directed by Cat Parker
4 singular tales, one shared bond.  No One’s Watching explores the lonely existence of different generations and classes caught in a repetitive, unfulfilled life.  On an ambitious quest for sex, money, and what they hope is happiness, the stories weave together an exploration of where we fit in the Universe.

Sunday November 23rd at 3pm
In Loco Parentis
By Adam Kraar
Directed by Sarna Lapine
At a co-ed boarding school during the Vietnam War, teachers and students stumble through a minefield of politics, desire, and spiritual yearning.  Caught in the middle of this explosive landscape are Charlie, a young religion teacher who’s a stranger in America, and Edie, a wildly rebellious student Charlie’s determined to rescue from herself.

Sunday November 23rd at 7pm
Warm Roses
By Tim Errickson
Directed by Scott Ebersold
Meg runs a Jersey Shore bed and breakfast left to her by her late husband, with the help of her son Marcus and best friend Joanie. As another summer winds down in the long line of endless summers, Meg’s brother in law and his young graduate assistant come to stay, upsetting the daily balance. Is it better to be alone with a bottle, or in the company of family?

Monday November 24th at 7pm
Mommy Baby
By Shelley McPherson
Kim leaves home, abandoning her family and crashing with her single sister Kate. When Kim picks up where she left off with her fun-loving high school boyfriend, Wayne, both sisters find surprises on the grass-is-greener, bumpy road not taken.  Mommy Baby is a play about having kids, not having kids, and being a kid.

All readings in the Festival are held at New Georges and ART/NY, 520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd floor. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation.

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.