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Photos from Boomerang’s FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Thank you to everyone who attended FLIGHTS OF FANCY on Sunday March 13th at Blue Jeans Studios. Check out the pictures below of some of the festivities…

(All photos courtesy of Kate Hess Photography)

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Giving…Wednesday?

Wait- Giving Wednesday- (1)

Well, we like to do things a little differently around here. Different things like free productions in Central Park, new plays inspired by rock music, and classic works together in rotating rep. Yeah, we’re kooky like that. But we see things with a unique point of view, and use performances to speak about ourselves in personal ways.

We talk about what matters to us, about dreams and frustrations, about hope and love, and about loss and grief. We reflect back the world as we see it.

If you are interested in supporting our work, we’d love to have you along for the ride. It can be bumpy, funky, wild or intense, but it’s never boring.

Please make your tax-deductible donation right here. Thank you very much!

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Fun Photo Collages for the Season

Hi everyone…Here at Boomerang we put together photo collages for Annual Reporting requirements (basically we send these off to people who are looking for photographic evidence we actually did things). I thought we’d share them with you, as sort of a visual summary of what we’ve been doing these last 12 months. We’re still working on the version of Love’s Labour’s Lost…

First Flight

 

 

Lickspittles, Buttonholers, andDamned

 

 

Cymbeline (4)

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Rising Sun Performance Company’s THE FIREBIRD

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Boomerang’s Artistic Director Tim Errickson is also a published playwright. His most recent new play The Firebird is currently running at The Paradise Factory as part of The Planet Connections Festivity, produced by Rising Sun Performance Company. Tim recently sat down with Pulitzer Prize winning Arts Journalist and amateur Ornithologist Arn Coppinger to talk about the play, birds, Brooklyn and more birds.

Arn Coppinger: Can you tell me a little bit about your new play THE FIREBIRD.

Tim Errickson: Sure, it’s a play about people living in Brooklyn as the world and their neighborhoods constantly change around them. It’s a play about the economy, about race and class, about mothers and sons, fathers and sons, history, responsibility and love.

AC: Can you tell our readers what happens in the play? For inquiring minds…

TE: Well, in the play, a character named Dan has left the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up and is now working across the river in Manhattan. He gets a call from Irene, his mother’s best friend, to come back to Brooklyn and visit after a long absence. Irene’s family is struggling, and weird things are happening. So Irene wants Dan to make her husband Joe an offer to buy a car, so that Irene and Joe might have extra money and settle some of the odd things.  While out there, Dan runs into his childhood friend Ricky, Irene and Joe’s son. Dan and Ricky were close as brothers, raised on the same block. Ricky’s still trying to find his way in the world, but he knows for some reason that the neighborhood is the answer, rather than look somewhere else. Dan also runs into Marci, his high school girlfriend who’s now dating Ricky. Lots of tension, jealousy, what ifs, colliding with ideas of family, The American Dream, gentrification, labor… all kinds of things.

AC: And now tell us about the birds.

TE: Well, there aren’t any birds in the show

AC: Ah yes, but the title is The FireBIRD. So surely there must be some aviary connection.

TE: Well the Firebird in the title is the make of a car, a Trans Am that both of the main characters loved as kids. It’s also this symbol of can you fix something up and make it like it was, or do you let that go and move on.

AC: I see.

TE: The show is also supporting The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity very near to my heart. The show has two more performances–Wednesday July 8th at 8:15pm and Saturday July 11th at 2pm. I’m sure your readers will want to get tickets at http://planetconnections.org/2015-full-productions/firebird/

AC: And will there be birds on hand at the theater when my people attend the performance?

TE: Um, no. Like maybe a pigeon outside somewhere, but not like, inside with the people.

AC: Oh well. I guess I will see it anyway, despite all of your misleading promotional material.

TE: Can I just say, Arn, that whether you enjoy birds love or not, you will love The Firebird.

Tickets are $18 and are available at http://planetconnections.org/2015-full-productions/firebird/

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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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Help support the Independent Spirit!

Keep independent theater thriving brand new
This coming weekend we will honor the independent spirit that gave birth to a nation.

Boomerang Theatre Company is asking you to celebrate that same spirit by supporting independent theatre. As a cultural organization, we engage audiences with ideas of who we are today, and what we hope and dream for tomorrow.

Like all not-for-profit theatres, Boomerang cannot survive on ticket sales alone. We depend on the generosity of our community to support and empower our work.

With your help and inspiration, we will continue to support artists who reflect our changing nation and our vibrant moment in history.

Please click here to make a tax deductible donation.

If you’d prefer to send a check, please make it payable to Boomerang Theatre Company and send it to P.O. Box 237166 Ansonia Station, New York NY 10023

Thank you!
Tim, Sue, John, Cailin and Danielle

Photos: (clockwise from top left) Brian Robert Burns in Cymbeline, photo by Tim Errickson; Susan Atwood and Django Palty in Candida, photo by Justin Hoch; Kelley Rae O’Donnell in Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens, photo by Kate Hess; Jessica Angleskhan and Vinnie Penna in Native Speech, photo by Christopher Thomasson; Jason Loughlin and Natalie Roy in Love’s Labour’s Lost, photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum; and Aidan Redmond and Synge Maher in The Real Thing, photo by Tim Errickson.

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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