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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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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

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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
TO FOOL THE EYE
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

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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.

Enjoy!

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And now, a few words from Cailin Heffernan

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 our very own Cailin Heffernan, director of To Fool The Eye opening September 20th.

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Cailin Heffernan (third from left) with her cast and director for Rock-n-Roles in March 2013
Cailin Heffernan (third from left) with her cast and director for Rock-n-Roles in March 2013

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

I’ve been working happily and creatively collaborating with Boomerang for going on twelve years.  My first project was to direct the reading of Peter Shelburne’s Milk in February of 2002.  My first full production was the following season, Francis Kuzler’s The Substance of John AP Book:  Jack Kerouac in Fall of 2003.  Since then, I’ve directed seven more full productions in rotating rep:  Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond The Horizon; my own adaptation of John Dryden’s All For Love; O’Neill’s Anna Christie; Larry Kirwan’s The Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own; Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke; Christopher Fry’s Venus Observed; and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.  Currently in production with my ninth full production – Jeffrey Hatcher’s To Fool The Eye (an adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s “Leocadia”).  Directed the First Flight readings of:  Terence Patrick Hughes’ Goodnight Sunshine; my own play with music Rebel Hearts; my own play Blooddrinker; JD Eames’ Do Geese See God; Colin McKenna’s Parking Lot, Lonely Hearts, Mike Folie’s Panama and the Aronson/Heffernan musical Loveless Texas in both a reading and a developmental workshop.  Directed two galas:  First Kisses by Jay Hanagan at the Lucille Lortel and Mary Jett Parsley’s Monster Tales at TACT.  Participated in my first “Rock N Roles” this 2013 season, where I wrote the playlet, “Saturday”.  I was both terrified and elated.  (Editor’s note: Wow, that’s a lot)

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

Not to invite a kinne hora, but so far… so good.  I’ve having a great time at any rate.  I have a highly collaborative, open, intrepid and positive cast which lends a special pleasure to rehearsals.  I look forward to going daily to create with both old friends and new playmates.  Also, after spending so much time with Brit and Irish works in recent years, it’s fun to get back to France.

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

Can’t wait to see how the romance balances with the satirical comedy and the ’30’s music.  Taking this challenging play…  an alternately word driven, then physicality driven work…  and present it to an intimate audience, well it’ll be a rather exciting rollercoaster.

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

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Meet our Candida

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 our very own Candida herself, Susan Atwood.

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Hello. My name is Susan Atwood, and I am very excited to be playing Candida in Boomerang’s upcoming production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic, “Candida.” I had the pleasure of working with Boomerang for my first time last year, when I played the Meghan/Sister Bernardina in “Spring Tides.” I was also lucky enough to get to help out with Rock n’ Roles last March (FREEBIRD!!!).

I am originally from rural central New York State, and I graduated college with a BFA as a studio artist. I currently live in Brooklyn. Aside from being an actor, I do sometimes write, direct, and produce.

I am really looking forward to beginning work on “Candida” for a few reasons. First, to be very honest, it’s a rare treat to work on a published work that has withstood the test of time and is recognizable by name. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE new works and strongly believe in supporting new work – but when you have to explain most of your resume and it sounds like this:

“I played an Irish yogi who blew up a video store…”
“It was a show about a housewife recently plagued by an infestation of ghost-zombies, who are actually her husband’s murder victims…” or
“I played a medieval Spanish nun in body armor who appeared in dream sequences…”

It’s just nice to be able to let a role speak for itself. (Although… those listed above are some pretty kick-ass roles, and I wouldn’t trade them for the anything.)

Second, since I was an art major in school, I haven’t had as much hands-on experience with the classics, so this will be my first Shaw production. And I am just so happy to have the opportunity to grow as an actor and learn the work of such an iconic artist from the inside out. And of course the role itself is such a huge gift, too: A smart, funny woman with a couple of men fighting over her? Yes, please.

Last but not least, I am flattered to be invited back by of the most fun, supportive, talented, tight-knit, and professional groups I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

I will admit I’m nervous (that’s half the fun of theatre), but I know we’re all in good hands.

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Talking more about RICHARD

Thank you to everyone who has come to the park these last few weeks to see our production of RICHARD III. Just a reminder—Final performances are this weekend July 13th and 14th at 2pm.

We’re extremely proud of the work, and so glad we got to share it with you. In this post, I’m going to include a few more pics from Richard, and talk a little bit more about what we tried to accomplish with the show.

We had very distinct ideas about what we wanted RICHARD III to be, especially as it kicked off our 15th Anniversary Season. We knew we wanted it to feel bigger than previous years, as epic in scale as we could physically carry into the park everyday.  

Why big? Because we are celebrating 15 years, and we wanted to remind you that you were seeing something special, something unique, and something that was the culmination of all we had learned and developed. But as the Artistic Director, I also wanted to remind you of our capacity.

Capacity. How much weight we can carry. How strong we are. “Go to the carnival, swing the big hammer and ring the bell” kind of strong.

We want to set a tone for Indie Theatre, reminding everyone that the highest quality work in this country can be done in the smallest or weirdest of spaces. You don’t need to spend $600 on Matilda to see the best, the best can be right in front of you, in your park or your library or your temple. And we wanted to re-assert our specific place in this world, reminding folks that when they support Boomerang during 100 Hamiltons or by putting donations in a bucket or by buying a ticket, that this…THIS is who we are. Fearless to the point of stupidity, astute, grand and badass. Big.

15 years old. Buckle up.

Now, some pics:

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