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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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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

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.

Enjoy!

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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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The 100 HAMILTONS campaign returns!

We need your support for our 100 HAMILTONS campaign

 “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”–Oscar Wilde

Boomerang has had an amazing year already in 2013, and it is about to get even better. We are celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season of making immediate, vital theatre here in New York, and we have celebrated this milestone with a hugely successful production of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III outside in June and July. Up next is our iconic three play Repertory Season opening September 14th, which we know you are going to love. We now ask you to support the Rep and our Anniversary thru 100 HAMILTONS.

100 HAMILTONS is our once-a-year, two week campaign to get 100 donations of $10 each (aka “a Hamilton”) for a grand spankin’ total of $1000. Each donation goes directly to funding our 2013 season. It’s a great way to do a lot, by giving a little.

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Once again this year there are three options for giving your Hamiltons…

1) The usual super way…$10 or more one time, all going towards our 100 Hamiltons goal. Reward: Good feeling, eternal gratitude, tax deduction. To make a donation, click here.

2) The new and improved Rock Star method…$10 or more a month, recurring every month for the next year! Reward: Also eternal gratitude et al, a hug from the Boomerang staff member of your choice, and your choice of Boomerang Baseball Cap or T-shirt. To make a donation, click here and click the “Recurring Donation” button.

3) And of course you can always send a check for any amount to Boomerang Theatre, P.O. Box 2307166 Ansonia Station, NYC 10023

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Philip Emeott and Nathan C. Crocker from Boomerang’s RICHARD III
(Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum)


The 100 HAMILTONS campaign only lasts until August 30th, so please donate today.  We will keep you updated on the progress of the campaign as we move closer to 100 Hamiltons.

Every donation helps, and we appreciate all you do to keep Indie Theatre alive in New York City! Thank you!

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Getting Over The Hump

Philip Emeott, director and star of Boomerang’s RICHARD III, wrote about his experiences with the famous crookback.

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Tim asked me to jot down my thoughts on directing and playing Richard III in the park.Philip

My first thought: Cutting Richard III down to a manageable park show was like trying to
make a hotrod out of an aircraft carrier. Start with the fact that it’s just freaking long.
Uncut, the show runs over three and a half hours. Sitting on a picnic blanket for that long
isn’t at the top of most people’s bucket lists. The problem with cutting Richard under two
and a half hours is, as Olivier observed, that you run the risk of having only loose ends.
So you have to cut wholesale whenever possible, and get creative. There are a few lines
in there that are more a Emeott than Shakespeare. And lots of characters hit the cutting
room floor. A partial list:

Marquis of Dorset
Duke of Norfolk
Earl of Surrey
All but two of the kids
Biggs Darklighter
Pre-CGI Jabba the Hutt
The Professor
Mary Ann

And with a cast of 20 awesome actors we still scrambled to cover the action. We may be9136828809_b3ab9170d4_z
the only production in which Lady Anne comes back as a soldier to fight against Richard.
But that’s all part of the fun!

My second thought: Choosing to both direct and play Richard was either crazy or
brilliant. Crazilliant.

It allowed me to take a stab at one of the greatest roles in the canon, while also deciding
what everyone else had to do and wear. What could be more Richard-like than that? But
directing while acting can be tricky. Richard can’t walk around writing notes all the time
(note to self: make that a “thing” next time). So I was fortunate to have the Charlie’s
Angels of directing staff: Sara Thigpen, Sarah Norris and Christina Ashby. They did most
of the crime-fighting. The cast deserves a ton of credit for going with the flow.

Playing Richard has been a real juggling act of moustache-twirling villainy, petulant
childishness, vulnerable self-discovery, Dickensian self-editorializing and, I don’t know,
the Elephant Man? The process has been interesting. I’m glad we left the mustache
twirling until the end of the process. You can’t do the role without it, but it can definitely
be a slippery slope. Glad we started with the underpinnings, not the melodrama.

Physically, the part is more like an athletic pursuit than a creative one, complete with
padding and armor. Who knew you could sweat so much just by limping around and
shouting at people? Lost a couple inches off my waistline doing this one. Next time can
we do the show before swimsuit season, Tim?

It’s been a real treat to utter words that are just so famous. You open the role with, “now
is the winter…” and close with “a horse, a horse…” (Take that, Hamlet.) Finding
newness and humanity in those words is a great way to spend a summer. Another great
way is to spend it surrounded by talented people who are there to sweat it out with you,
just for the sake of art and fun. To the cast, crew, staff and supporters: thanks for
following the hunch.

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Boomerang’s RICHARD III kicks off June 22nd

Boomerang’s 15th Anniversary Season begins!
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by William Shakespeare
Directed by Philip Emeott

 Featuring Kenneth Cavett*, Nathan C. Crocker*, Michael Lawrence Eisenstein*, Philip Emeott, Breanna Foister, David Godbey*, Susan Kirby*, Sharina Martin*, Haddon McKinney, Robert Meksin*, Uriel Menson*, Matthew Mezzacappa*, Linda S. Nelson*, David O’Hara*, Ralph Petrarca*, Michael Russinik*, Ron Sanborn*, Thia Stephan*, Peter Quentin Smith* and James T. Ware

* indicates member, AEA

  Richard Duke of Gloucester, born with a deformity he considers “not made to court the amorous looking glass”, seduces and murders his way from courtier to King. With each sadistic move, Richard becomes the monster inside to match his grotesque physical form as he pursues the one thing he truly loves…becoming King RICHARD III.

Associate Directors: Sara Thigpen and Sarah Norris
Directing Intern: Christina Ashby
Stage Manager: Jamie Luther
Stage Management Intern: Veronica Lee
Costume Designer: Samantha Newby
Props Designer: Sara Slagle
Fight Direction: Michael Lawrence Eisenstein
Music Direction: Creighton Irons
Theatrical Illustration: Stefano Imbert

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 Saturday and Sundays at 2pm
June 22nd and 23rd
June 29th and 30th
July 6th and 7th
July 13th and 14th

In Central Park at The Boomerang Rock
(Enter Central Park at 69th Street, and the performance space is to your left.)
All performances FREE!
(a $10 donation is suggested)
No tickets required…bring a blanket, a picnic, or nothing at all

 *RICHARD III is an Equity Approved Showcase*

 Please join us!

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