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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!

-t

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Announcing the First Flight New Play Festival schedule

We’re extremely proud to announce the full schedule for our upcoming  FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We’ve got 5 dynamic and daring new works to present, each with an exciting new point of view on traditional narratives. We can’t wait to share these plays with you. Here we go…

 

Smoking gun concept,  black & white of a double barreled over/un
Wednesday March 16th at 7pm
The Snowmaker by Aleks Merilo
Directed by Dominic D’Andrea
In the dead of winter, a teenage girl’s estranged father unexpectedly takes her to a cabin in the isolated woods of Montana. She doesn’t know where he has been for the last 10 years. And she doesn’t know who he is searching for at night, when he stares out the window, with a sawed-off shotgun by his side.
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Tools for forming clay with pots on wood background
Thursday March 17th at 7pm

The Marble Muse by Diane Baia Hale
Directed by Cailin Heffernan
When Louisa Lander is commissioned to sculpt Nathaniel Hawthorne, she little suspects the dark journey she will take with the author of The Scarlet Letter.
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Friday March 18th at 7pm
Incompleat Works by Dennis Agle Jr.
Directed by Tim Errickson
The characters of an unfinished Shakespeare play embark on a quest in modern-day England in an effort to discover how their stories end.
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Stock market activity
Saturday March 19th at 4pm

Discreet Global Assets by Lauren Ferebee
Directed by Elizabeth Audley
As the sales reps for Quotidian Industries ratchet up the competition for Annual Review Day, they’re discovering disturbing company secrets that no one should know.
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Flag Of Mexico

Saturday March 19th at 7pm
Blanquita by Zack Calhoon
Directed by Kel Haney
When a Senator’s daughter crosses class lines and spends a wild night with the family’s chauffeur, there are witnesses – and consequences.
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The readings will be held in Studio 501 @ CAP21 (18 West 18th Street, 5th floor)
All readings are free, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.boomerangtheatre.org. Donations of $5 per reading are suggested.

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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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Sharing our applause with you!

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Thank you to everyone who supported CYMBELINE in Central Park this summer. We are grateful for your attendance, your time and your love.

“Brilliantly funny, filled with music and dance and with many sensitive performance which are audible even over the usual traffic of Central Park. You can feel the dedicated teamwork and the firm, delicate directorial touch guiding the play and audience with a rare clarity.”
–Glenda Frank, nytheatre-wire.com

If you loved the production and wanted to vote for it, we are registered with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. The NYIT Awards are the highest honor for Off-Off Broadway, and every vote counts. Thank you in advance!

This summer marks Boomerang’s 17th summer of free Shakespeare in New York. We look forward to seeing you in the park again next year.

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Please consider showing your support of our work! Click here to make a secure donation to support The Boomerang Theatre Company.

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

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Even More Production Photos from CYMBELINE

Because the show just looks so damn good…Final performances are Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th at 2pm in Central Park. Free admission, no tickets or reservations required!

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A Few Random Questions For…Dan Renkin

Dan Renkin is the kind of person you want as a fight choreographer…A soft spoken, patient, creative, bad-ass. Some folks may remember him onstage for Boomerang last summer in Love’s Labour’s Lost in Bryant Park (a show in which he also did the fights). Dan answered a few random questions while preparing for the final two performances of CYMBELINE this weekend (July 18th and 19th at 2pm) …

Dan Renkin (l) with the cast of Love's Labour's Lost in Bryant Park
Dan Renkin (l) with the cast of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Bryant Park

Full Name: Dan Renkin

Home town: Wait…*where* am I?

How many Boomerang shows have you done? Beyond the Horizon, Love’s Labors, Cymbeline*
(* we actually counted later, and he also worked on Anna Christie and a few others as well. The exact number has been lost to history…)

Tell us a little about your role as Fight Choreographer: Shakespeare’s story meets (director) Cailín (Heffernan)’s devised world meets The Cast. It’s teasing out how this story needs to get told, with a physical vocabulary that makes sense for our version of the world of the play. Our Cymbeline is stylized, which works beautifully for a small ensemble, and in our park performance spaces–the actors’ bodies are our architecture, and define space. In the fights, that stylization can help define emotion, too.

What is your favorite thing about working on CYMBELINE? Great words, great people. Boomerang is a family of generous and astonishing people. It’s sort of a gifted-and-talented program for professional adults. Playful and enthusiastic collaboration always makes my work easier–and better–and more fun to do.

What’s your favorite place in New York City?  The stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.  Looking out.

In keeping with the spirit economy, can you give us your 6 word memoir:  Sci-fi geek runs with pointy stick.

Cymbeline runs July 18th and 19th at 2pm in Central Park (enter at 72nd and Central Park West) Additional details can be found here. Cymbeline is free, no tickets or reservations are required.

Dan Renkin (left) with Vinnie Penna (center) and Annalisa Loeffler (right)
Dan Renkin (left) with Vinnie Penna (center) and Annalisa Loeffler (right)