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Cailin Heffernan and John Hurley will join the Boomerang staff

We’re really pleased to announce that Cailin Heffernan and John Hurley will be joining Boomerang as Associate Artistic Directors. Both have a long history with the company, and we’re very excited about working with them on future projects.

Cailin Heffernan made her Boomerang debut in 2003 with the world premiere production of Frank Kuzler’s THE SUBSTANCE OF JOHN. She’s directed 9 full productions in our indoor rep seasons, plus numerous readings and workshops (including her own musical LOVELESS, TEXAS). She’ll be making her Boomerang Shakespeare debut with us in a few months when she directs LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST in Bryant Park in August, with Jason Loughlin, Sara Thigpen, Carsey Walker Jr, Jared Reinmuth, Timothy Hull and Natalie Roy leading the cast of 16.

John Hurley has directed 3 full productions for us, including last season’s hit LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS at TheatreLab. He’s also directed numerous readings and workshops, most recently the development reading of James Comtois’ OFF TRACK. John will be directing the upcoming production of KING KIRBY by Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente at the Comic Book Theater Festival at The Brick in June.

Cailin’s position will be Associate Artistic Director for Repertory Theatre, with responsibilities for development and production of plays for both outdoor venues and as part of the indoor rep. John will be the Associate Artistic Director for New Writing, with responsibilities for development of The First Flight New Play Festival and working with new writers. Both will be vital in selecting projects for upcoming indoor and outdoor seasons. And both will have a home to develop their own projects under Boomerang’s metaphorical roof. They will join Artistic Director Tim Errickson, Managing Director Sue Abbott and Director of Special Events Danielle Demisay in rounding out the team.

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The full Boomerang staff: (l to r) Tim Errickson, Sue Abbott, John Hurley, Cailin Heffernan and Danielle Demisay

Thanks to both of them for coming on board. It’s an exciting moment for Boomerang in our history and continued growth as an organization.

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A Shakespeare Double Dip this summer

One of Boomerang’s core programs is producing free Outdoor Shakespeare in parks. During our 15 year history, we’ve played 126 free performances, for over 15,000 spectators. Needless to say, we are big fans of Will’s work, and happy to keep his words alive in our parks each summer.   

Boomerang is proud to announce our Summer 2014 lineup…

Scarlet Flower In The Night
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Directed by John Greenleaf
June 21st thru July 20th in Central Park

Love, jealousy, and meddling parents force four teenagers to flee to the forest, right into the middle of a hissy fit between the King and Queen of the fairyland. Can the right pairs of lovers find each other?

 

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

In Association with Bryant Park Corporation
Directed by Cailin Heffernan
August 14th thru 30th in Bryant Park

A king and his friends swear an oath to renounce women for three years while studying together. But scholarship and brotherhood take an interesting turn with the arrival of four lovely ladies. The boys go in disguise to woo, but the gals have the upper hand. Don’t they always?

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This summer mark’s Boomerang’s 16th summer of free Shakespeare in New York, with no tickets or lines to wait in. We look forward to seeing you in the park this year.

Would you like to make a contribution to support our free Shakespeare productions?

100% of your donation will go directly to funding costumes, props and rehearsal space. Your donation makes the parks come alive with theater each summer!

Can you donate $250? $100? $50? Or something else?

Your gift helps continue to make New York City the most exciting town in the whole world. If, as Will says, “All the world’s a stage…”, then your support helps make it that way. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

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A picture of Rock-n-Roles is worth a thousand “Thanks”!

 

Rock n rolesThanks to all who came out to celebrate ROCK-N-ROLES with us on Saturday April 5th. It was a great night of fun and music, with plays inspired by Bob Seger’s “Night Moves”, Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True”, Bryan Adams’ “Run To You”, Jackson Browne’s “Tender is the Night”, Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock”.

Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Crystal Arnette

Leah Dietrich and C.L. Weatherstone in "Night Moves"
Leah Dietrich and C.L. Weatherstone in “Night Moves”
Heather Cunningham and Stacey Raymond in "You Make My Dreams Come True"
Heather Cunningham and Stacey Raymond in “You Make My Dreams Come True”
Sandra Williams and Marshall Simon in "Tender is the Night"
Sandra Williams and Marshall Simon in “Tender is the Night”
Gavin Starr Kendall and CJ Walker in "Harvest Moon"
Gavin Starr Kendall and CJ Walker in “Harvest Moon”

Special Thanks to our loud and loyal audiences; our talented actors, directors and playwrights; our crew of sexy volunteers (Gage, Saluda, Jamie); our wonderful stage manager Marci Skolnick; and Event Chair Michael Champness who, along with Lesley Blackledge, did another terrific job behind the bar.

 

All the proceeds from the evening will support Boomerang’s new play development programs, including the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival, internal readings of works in progress, and full productions of new plays in our Rep Seasons. 

 

Would you like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support ROCK-N-ROLES and New Play Development? Your donation of $25 or more sustains our continued committment to new writing that examines our shared cultural moment. You can make your secure donation here. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Boomerang’s ROCK-N-ROLES is back with a vengeance!

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Join us on Saturday April 5th for a night you won’t ever forget…The triumphant return of ROCK-N-ROLES, an evening of new plays inspired by some of the greatest songs of all time!

Announcing the track list for ROCK-N-ROLES!

Night Moves by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Run to You by Bryan Adams
You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates
Tender is the Night by Jackson Browne
Lights by Journey
Harvest Moon by Neil Young
Loves Me Like A Rock by Paul Simon
Fall on Me by R.E.M.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Remember, six of these songs will be used as inspiration for our playwrights to create new 10 minute plays. Which six? You’ll have to join us on Saturday April 5th and see if your favorite was selected!

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In ROCK-N-ROLES, playwrights randomly select a song on Friday night, then write a 10 minute play inspired by the song, which is performed onstageSaturday night with an all star cast and live musicians!

We’ve got a crazy good lineup of players for this event including…
Mike Aguirre, Philip Emeott, Susan Ferrara, Larry Kunofsky, Mateo Moreno and Shelley McPherson on lead vocals (or playwrighting, if you prefer)

Danielle DemisayRich Ferraioli, Cailin HeffernanJohn Hurley, Linda S. Nelson and Cat Parker on scorching lead guitars (directing)

and Susan Atwood, Heather Cunningham, Leah DietrichGavin Starr Kendall, Jason Loughlin, Stacey Raymond, Marshall Simon, Brian Silliman, CL WeatherstoneLiz Whittemore, Kayla Wickes, Carsey Walker, Jr. and Sandra Williams providing the driving beat (performing)

All musically accompanied onstage by Bob D’Haene
So mark your calendars for this dynamic mix of theatre and rock-n-roll! Plus drink specials that will light up your night!

Saturday April 5th at TheaterLab
357 W 36th Street, 3rd floor
Tickets are $20, going to benefit Boomerang’s new play development programs.

We’ll see you there!

Turn your theater up LOUD!

Guitar In Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t make it to the gig, but still want to support the cause?
Click here to make your secure donation to 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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Rock-n-Roles is Back!

As promised, we’re bringing back our infamous ROCK-N-ROLES for another tour date on Saturday April 5th at TheaterLab!

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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 selected at random. Previous showings have included plays inspired by Springsteen, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Cure, The Rolling Stones and more. The plays are performed live onstage with crazy good group of actors and live musicians.

The lineup is going to be spectacular…playwrights so far include Mike Aguirre (of Rising Sun’s Ice Age), Philip Emeott (star of Boomerang’s Richard 3), Susan Ferrara (writer of The Machine from First Flight 2011), Larry Kunofsky (Van Gogh Among The Hipsters in First Flight 2013), Shelley McPherson (Exit Zero in First Flight 2013) and Mateo Moreno (Bohemian Valentine in The Planet Connections Fest 2013). That is a crackerjack group of scribes, folks.

The director list is just as impressive, featuring Indie superstars Danielle Demisay, Rich Ferraioli, Cailin Heffernan, John Hurley and Linda Nelson.

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

Save the date! Circle it in BIG Sharpie. You’ve got plans on this night.
Saturday April 5th at 8pm at TheaterLab, 357 W 36th Street, 3rd floor
Featuring new 10 minute plays inspired by great rock-n-roll songs!

Turn your theater up LOUD!

Guitar In Fire

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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