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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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Raising money with perks and pies, all to produce a play I love

Hi all…we’ve been talking all week about raising money with our IndieGoGo campaign, and talking about the cool perks each donation can have. We’ve also been trying to incentivize you with the notion of pies in the face of our staff. It’s been wonderful to see how many people are supporting our work.

The work…this brings me back to the reason we are raising money in the first place. Around 2001, I fell head over heels in love. Unabashedly, whole heartedly in love with a new play that came across my desk as I was reading scripts. The play was about two heartbroken women, a mother and a daughter. The man who is husband and father in the play has died in a mountain climbing accident, and each woman is trying to put the pieces of their respective life back together. Not only do they feel the incredible loss of father and husband, they also are left with each other. Mourning, angry, hiding, scared, figuring it out. Loving too much and loving not enough and maybe doing it all wrong and just trying to get thru.

The play was on fire on the page. I couldn’t stop reading it, couldn’t stop carrying it around, couldn’t stop telling people about this amazing story.

That play is WAVING GOODBYE by Jamie Pachino.

After several years of negotiating and a few near misses, Boomerang is so incredibly proud to be presenting the New York Premiere of WAVING GOODBYE this winter, directed by the extraordinary Jordana Williams.

I CANNOT WAIT to begin casting, I CANNOT WAIT to begin preproduction and rehearsals, and I CANNOT WAIT for you to sit in the audience and share in this remarkable play.

This is why we do what we do. Because remarkable plays come into our lives, without ever a plan on how they get here, and we have to do them. We have to. No matter what the cost in dollars, in sleep, in sacrifices. We have to.

Every donor who joins this campaign with us becomes a part of the Waving Goodbye family. Please make a donation of any size.

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More Photos from Midsummer rehearsal

Hey folks…here are some additional shots of Midsummer Night’s Dream rehearsal. Later this week, we’ll give you a sneak peak at the costumes…

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and here’s a quick pic of what rehearsal is really like at times.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM opens this Saturday June 21st at 2pm in Central Park. For more info, click here.

Would you like to make a donation to help support this production? Please click here!

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Announcing the cast for LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

 

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We’re thrilled to announce the cast for our upcoming production of Shakespeare’s LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, directed by newly minted Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan. LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST will perform August 14th-30th in Bryant Park.

The cast includes Timothy Babcock (Nathaniel), Amanda Berry (Moth), Deborah Carlson (Holofernes), Eva Gil (Maria), Timothy Hull (Navarre), Jason Loughlin (Berowne), Hannah Jane McMurray (Katherine), Jake Minevich (Dull), Linda S. Nelson (Boyet), Sarah Norris (Jacquenetta), Jared Reinmuth (Don Armado), Natalie Roy (Rosaline), Michael Russinik (Costard), Chris Ryan (Longaville), Sara Thigpen (The Princess of France) and Carsey Walker Jr (Dumaine).

The production team includes Andrew Morton (Stage Manager), Danielle Demisay (Assistant Director), Viviane Galloway (Costumes), Dan Renkin (Fight Direction) and interns Ashley McDonald, Kat Meister, Kristin Papadopoulos and Leah Voysey. Antonio Minino from KampfirePR will handle press, and Stefano Imbert will again design the artwork.

We can’t wait to get started!

Would you like to make a donation to support Love’s Labour’s Lost? Click here to donate. Thank you!

 

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Rehearsal pics from MIDSUMMER!

Hello folks…

We’ve had a handful of rehearsals for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM so far, and our beautiful cast of thespians has begun finding their way thru Shakespeare’s funniest romantic comedy. Here’s a few candids of our team at work…

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM opens June 21st in Central Park. Enter at 69th and Central Park West and listen for the Lion roars 🙂

Would you make a donation to support the production? Click here to join the team!

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Introducing the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We are super excited about the dynamite cast John Greenleaf has assembled for our 2014 production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. The show opens June 21st in Central Park.

The cast includes William John Austin (Oberon), Jeff Burchfield (Starveling), Miles Butler (Flute), Caleb Carlson (Theseus), Laura Darrell (Hermia), Edgar Eguia (Snug), Bret Richard Hoskins (Lysander), Cassandra Johnstone (Hippolyta), Adriana Jones (Lavender), Annalisa Loeffler (Titania), Dan Lovley (Snout), Uriel Menson (Egeus), Scott Michael Morales (Puck), Kristin Patton (Helena), Vinnie Penna (Bottom), R. David Robinson (Quince), Spencer Scott (Demetrius) and Barbara Drum Sullivan (Philostrate).

The production team includes Sarah Lahue (Stage Manager), Danielle Demisay (Assistant Director), Jessa-Raye Court (Costumes), Joe Mathers (Fight Direction) and interns Ashley McDonald and Kat Meister.

We cant wait to get these guys out in the park!

Here are a few snapshots from first read thru…

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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!

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