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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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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!

-t

2015 Season, Boom Artists, Indie Theatre Community, Shakespeare

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!

Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 5 Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 3 Boomerang Theatre Company's CYMBELINE 2 Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 4 IMG_1491  IMG_1503  IMG_1515  IMG_1529  IMG_1658  IMG_2048  IMG_2106  IMG_2179 Boomerang Theatre Company's Cymbeline 1

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A few Random Questions for…Kathryn Meister!

Kathryn “Kat” Meister is the Stage Manager Extraordinaire for Boomerang’s production of CYMBELINE. Kate began with Boomerang last summer as the Stage Management Intern on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and followed that up as Assistant Stage Manager for our production of LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST. In addition to her work at Boomerang, she’s stage managed productions with numerous companies around NYC in her short time on the East Coast. Kat answered a few random questions while preparing for the final four performances of CYMBELINE…

Kathryn "Kat" Meister (r) with Assistant Stage Manager Daniela Gonzalez y Perez
Kathryn “Kat” Meister (r) with Assistant Stage Manager Daniela Gonzalez y Perez

 

Full Name: Kathryn Gloria Meister

Home town: Corona, CA​

How many Boomerang shows have you done?  This is my 3rd Boomerang show and second time working with Cailin!

Tell us a little about the job of the Stage Manager: The Stage Manager really takes care of the show from rehearsals to performance. This is done by making sure that everything stays on schedule, actors are safe, and lines of communication are kept open between the director, actors, designers and producers.  The SM is really the center spoke of a wheel to keep the show moving along, SM’s are also known to function on little sleep plus a lot of coffee.

What is your favorite thing about working on Cymbeline? The new music by Henry Aronson really gets stuck in my head in the best way and I love watching the beautiful Kabuki moments take place every performance, specifically the River sequence when Imogen must swim across a river.

What’s your favorite place in New York City? There’s a coffee shop in the Village called The Uncommons that has all kinds of board games in addition to decent coffee.

In keeping with the spirit of economy, can you give us your 6 word memoir:   LA to NY, never looked back​.

Cymbeline runs July 11th, 12th, 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.

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Snapshots from CYMBELINE Dress Rehearsal

Hey all-

here’s a few quick snaps of last night’s dress rehearsal for CYMBELINE. The show is Free! No tickets or waiting in line! We open this coming Saturday June 20th at 2pm in Central Park! Hope you can make it!

Cymbeline 1 Cymbeline 2 Cymbeline 3 Cymbeline 4C1 C6 c13 c14 c16