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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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Join our Mailing List with a song in your heart

Hello folks…Boomerang is continuing work on the musical LOVELESS TEXAS with a sing thru/read thru of the full script and score next week. And we’d like to include you in the process!

(You can check out pics from our May workshop of LOVELESS TEXAS here, and listen to demo tracks of the score here)

Sign up for our mailing list today by clicking here and be entered to win an invitation to this exclusive preview of the show. The read thru is not open to the public, so this is a true “behind the scenes” look at how a new musical is created. We’ve got a terrific cast for the read thru (so exclusive, we cannot announce it), and we have two seats open…

Join the mailing list today, and come join us for this new musical romance!

 

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A few (great) pics from ROCK-N-ROLES

Our 7th Rock-n-Roles event on Saturday October 1st was a amazing time. Thank you for all who participated and those who attended. This version, entitled ROCK-N-ROLES: COUNTRY ROCK BOOTLEG, included new 10 minute plays inspired by Country Rock songs.The lineup included:

-“Love Sneaking Up On You” inspired by Bonnie Raitt, written by Maria Seigenthaler, directed by Molly Ballerstein, and starring Christopher Borg, Siho Ellsmore and Marshall John Simon

-“Drunken Angel” inspired by Lucinda Williams, written by James Comtois, directed by Linda S. Nelson and starring Jamie Parton and Gabby Sherba

-“Be Mine” inspired by Alabama Shakes, written by Shelley McPherson, directed by Jen Wineman and starring Desmond Dutcher, Bethany Geragthy and Christina Elise Perry

-“Long May You Run” inspired by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, written by Kristine M. Reyes, directed by Christina Ashby and starring Emily Gardner Hall and Paul Sheehan

-“Morning Song” inspired by The Avett Brothers, written by Mateo Moreno, directed by Cailín Heffernan and starring Mark Souza, Sara Thigpen and Jaime West

The event was produced by Danielle Demisay, with support from Sue Abbott and on site support from Kat Meister and Erikka Anderson.

Here are a few pics from the event! (All photos by Kate Hess)

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(L to R) Our lovely playwrights James Comtois, Maria Seigenthaler, Mateo Moreno, Shelley McPherson and Kristine M. Reyes
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(L to R) Our wonderful team of directors Cailín Heffernan, Molly Ballerstein, Christina Ashby, Jen Wineman and Linda S. Nelson

 

To make a donation in support of Boomerang’s new play programs, please click here.

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Rock-n-Roles: Country Rock Bootleg

Make sure you join us this Saturday October 1st at 7:30pm for a wild and raucous ROCK-N-ROLES: COUNTRY ROCK BOOTLEG. We’ve got a tremendous lineup of talented folks making brand new 10 minute plays inspired by some of the greatest Country Rock of all time.

Five songs will be selected randomly from these kick-ass musicians…

rnr-graphic Lucinda Williams * Johnny Cash * Band of Horses
Alabama Shakes * The Lone Bellow
The Avett Brothers * Bonnie Raitt * John Cougar Mellencamp
and more…

From there, it’s all creative chaos and chaotic creativity…Playwrights create overnight, directors shape the work, actors learn their lines, and in a mad dash of insanity, hilarity and daring…new plays are born.

Participants in this year’s event include Christina Ashby, Molly Ballerstein, Christopher Borg, James Comtois, Desmond Dutcher, Siho Ellsmore, Emily Gardner Hall, Bethany Geraghty, Cailín Heffernan, Shelley McPherson, Mateo Moreno, Linda S. Nelson, Jamie Parton, Christina Elise Perry, Kristine M. Reyes, Maria Seigenthaler, Paul Sheehan, Gabby Sherba, Marshall Simon, Mark Souza, Sara Thigpen, Jaime West and Jen Wineman.

Come check out which songs spark great new plays!

Doors open at 7pm; performances begin at 7:30pm

at Lucid Body House
230 Lexington Avenue
(between 33rd and 34th Streets)
NYC

Tickets are just $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.
And of course there will be beverages available.

Grab your tickets here

All proceeds support Boomerang Theatre Company’s new play programs.

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Rock-n-Roles: Country Rock Bootleg edition

Hello everyone! We’ve got the next edition of Rock-n-Roles coming up on OCTOBER 1ST and we couldn’t be more excited. This one’s going to have an Alt-Country vibe to it, just as fun as our previous events but with a little more foot stompin’…

ROCK-N-ROLES is a one night only event in which playwrights craft brand new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock-n-roll songs. Previous “albums” have included plays inspired by Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Cure, The Rolling Stones and more. The plays are performed live onstage with a crazy good group of actors and live musicians.

Drinks will be flowing, chords will be strummed, and hearts will be broken. You gotta be there.

Doors open at 7pm; performances begin 7:30pm

Early Bird tickets are $20 and include a free drink at the event (offer ends Sept 23rd!)
General Admission tickets are $20 beginning Sept 24th thru Oct 1st
Cash tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $25

Turn your theatre up LOUD!
All proceeds benefit Boomerang Theatre Company’s New Play programs.

Grab your tickets now before they’re gone!

http://www.boomerangtheatre.org

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Open Submission Season for 2017 First Flight New Play Festival

After more than a few delays, the Open Submission Season for the 2017 First Flight Festival will begin on Wednesday September 15th at 12:01 AM EST and close on Saturday October 15th at 11:59 PM EST.

We don’t really have many rules about submitting, and what ones we do have are there to make the process easier on both the playwright and our staff. Basically, we try to direct people away from submitting things that are a better fit elsewhere. For example, we’ve only produced an evening of One Act Plays for an extended run once in 18 years, so we don’t seek to develop them. Same goes with musicals and children’s plays.

So what do we respond to?

When we receive a new play submission (and again this year, we are only accepting submissions electronically, because trees), each 10 page sample is read and evaluated on the following questions:

  • Does the play speak to our modern cultural moment in some way?
  • Does the play use Language in an interesting way?
  • Does the script feel like a play rather than a movie or TV show?
  • Is there anything crazy that could make producing or developing the play difficult (i.e. requires onstage Magician, live animals, a cast of 90 year olds or all children, etc)? (This isn’t a deal breaker; we like wild things sometimes)
  • Would you like to see this show?

So that’s it. Every submission is read by at least one person on the Literary Team (Go Team Literary!) , with the above 5 questions answered for each one. From there, we generally select 25-30 plays as Finalists and ask playwrights to submit the full script (rather than just the sample). A different member of Team Literary takes a look at the full script, using the same 5 questions. From there, we just keep passing the plays around and gathering feedback using this 5 question criteria. It ain’t scientific, but it’s what we’ve got.

Thanks for taking a look at this, and send us your awesome plays!

To see our complete submission Guidelines, click here. To see a recent history of plays we’ve developed in First Flight, click here

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