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LOVELESS TEXAS

Welcome to Loveless Texas!

We are so excited to share the details of our next production with you. LOVELESS TEXAS, with music and lyrics by Henry Aronson and libretto and direction by Cailín Heffernan, will begin performances September 6th at The Sheen Center for a three week run. Casting is underway, and tickets are now on sale.

As many people know, this show has been in development for nearly a decade, beginning as an idea then a few songs and then a few more until finally we arrive here. We’ve begun pre-production on this initial production, which marks Boomerang Theatre Company’s first ever musical project.

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The Production Team held captive until I can get a photo!

We are assembling a terrific team for LOVELESS TEXAS. In addition to Cailin directing, we have Marci Skolnick (Production Stage Manager), Timothy Babcock (Assistant Stage Manager) and Rebecca Meyers (Stage Management Intern). On the design side, we have Cheryl McCarron (Costumes), Michael O’Connor (Lighting), Evan Hill (Sets), Ian Wehrle (Sound), Dan Renkin (Movement/Fights) and Theresa McElwee (Vocal Coach). Rounding out the team are interns Charlotte Hopkins (Producing), Lauren Frazier (Marketing), Ivy Swinski (Costumes) and Maggie Cunningham (Lights/Sound/Projections). And as always, the incomprable Stefano Imbert has done the artwork.

The whole event is produced by Boomerang, with Danielle Demisay, Kate Holland and Yoni Vendriger serving as Associate Producers.

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Henry Aronson and Cailín Heffernan, creative forces behind LOVELESS TEXAS (Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum)

We cannot wait to have you join us! Grab your tickets today ($30 tickets for the first 5 performances, then $40 after that…!)

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Bardi Gras! Feb 28th! Food and Fun and Booze! (did that get your attention?)

Hi all…We still have a few tickets available for our fundraising BARDI GRAS celebration this Tuesday Feb 28th at Madame X, “the sexiest bar in New York”. You dont want to miss this one!

Tickets are available 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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Photos of Loveless Texas workshop

Boomerang’s next production will be the world premiere of the musical LOVELESS TEXAS. The show as music and lyrics by Henry Aronson, libretto and direction by Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and music direction by Steven Jamail.

Take a look at some photos from the workshop (all photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum Theatrical Photography)

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New and improved us!

Hello all…We’re very excited to see Spring recently (although the recent snows and rains make it feel a little undecided still), and with that I wanted to reach out and talk about Boomerang’s 2016 and 2017 Season programming, which will be different from years past.

First, a little context: We’ve been programming the same way nearly since our inception in 1999. We produce Shakespeare plays outdoors, a rotating rep indoors, and a new play development festival. These three programs have been terrific for us, allowing us to work with tremendous artists and introducing us to so many people. But as we approach our 20th Anniversary season in 2018, we’re thinking about new ways to produce work, and new ways to serve both artists and audiences.

This refection couples along with the fact that a number of plays or projects we’ve developed have not reached any audiences yet. Internally, we talk about this “back log” all the time, plays that are SO good, can you believe no one has produced this yet, or projects that need the last bit of time and effort before debuting for the world. We often let these projects go if they didn’t fit into one of our three programs.

But no longer.

Our 2016 and 2017 season will be spent doing three things:

  1. Taking on these projects that inspire us creatively, getting them onstage rather than withering on the page. If they fit in as an outdoor show or a rep show, great. If not, we’re doing them anyway.
  2. We’re going to explore how technology can be used to extend the audience for the shows we’re producing. Does a show close with us and then move to become an indie film? Does it get adapted to webisodes? We want each project to have those opportunities, both to share the work with more people and also to support artists’ careers and exposure.
  3. We’re going to solve the question of space going forward. We have been itinerant since the closing of CenterStageNY, and whether we build a space or partner with an existing one, we’re going to find a home that we can support and that can support us.

Ok, but what does this all mean?

Our first project in this 2016/2017/2018 initiative will be LOVELESS TEXAS, a terrific new musical based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and composer Henry Aronson have been working with us on this project for nearly a decade, and we are delighted to support this show to its premiere. We’ll be doing a workshop of new material in May, and looking for a full production in late 2016 or early 2017.

All of our efforts will go into LOVELESS, and as a result we will not be producing a Shakespeare play this summer. We’ll be back in 2017.

Following LOVELESS, we have a short list of plays we are going to produce in 2017/2018. They include THE RECKLESS SEASON by Lauren Ferebee, my own play WARM ROSES, and Eric Overmyer’s THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET BY SCOTT JOPLIN AND LOUIS CHAUVIN. And there are more as well. We are also going to resume efforts to bring Jamie Pachino’s WAVING GOODBYE to our company. We’ve been very close before on that one, and it’s a labor of love for me. With any luck, it’ll be the signature production of our 20th anniversary season in our new artistic home.

In addition to all of this, we will still continue to present the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival and our incredible ROCK-N-ROLES events. We love our community and want everyone to join us in creating new work and new experiences.

If you feel like you want to make a donation to support these efforts you can do that here. And you can visit our website here to keep up on all these developments.

That’s it for now, sorry for the long post. We love you all and appreciate all the affection you’ve shown our little company for 18 years.

Thanks!

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