Hello everyone! We’ve been busy for the first three months of the 20th Anniversary season with so many things. First was the kickoff of our annual First Flight New Play Festival.
This year’s festival is expanded to a year long celebration of new plays. It will include readings and workshops of 20 new works, in honor of our 20th Anniversary. We think this festival is a wonderful way for us to invest in new plays and the people who make them.
Boomerang is happy to announce the list of Finalists for the 2017 FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We are so excited to continue exploring these terrific new plays.
The Day We Were Born by Jaisey Bates Hello, World! by Stephen Bracco The Bigsley Project by Catherine Castellani Nichiiwad by Hal Corley TV Boyfriend by Matthew A. Everett Tape Don’t Lie by Kirby Fields Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara by Fengar Gael Wake by Vince Gatton The Alternate Possiblilities of Our Past and Future History with Particular Regard to the Identification of the Eastern Puma and The Corps of Discovery by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk Hotline by Jack Gilhooley Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke Fake Plastic Love by Terence Hughes The Dying Fall of Gary Fletzner by Adam Kraar Sinner-Man by Liz Maestri Knifeplay by Shelley McPherson The Girl Who Lived by David Meyers “i am a drop’dead gorgeous, fabulous, stylish, exotic’ass gem amongst thousands of rocks” by elliot rodger by Matthew Paul Olmos Persephone, or things that come out of the ground by Kristen Palmer Lush by Nicole Pandolfo Hungry by Lia Romeo Door to Balloon by Greg Romero Siamese Cycle by Tidtaya Sinutoke Midwives by Suzanne Trauth Karate Hottie by Catherine Weingarten
Stats Update: 374 general submissions, broken down into 248 (66%) by Male Playwrights and 126 (34%) by Female Playwrights (note: This is not self identified, but rather an overview general observation of names.) From which, we selected 24 Finalist Round plays, with a breakdown of 11 (46%) by Male Playwrights and 13 (54%) by Female Playwrights.
We will announce the Participants in the 2017 Festival shortly, along with a full festival schedule.
If you would like to make a donation to support The First Flight New Play Festival and the presentation of new plays, click here.
Hey folks…Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting your work for the 2017 FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival is Oct 15th at 11:59pm EST(!). We’ve already received a record number of submissions, lets keep it going.
You can find all the details on how to submit here.
And for an idea of the type of work we develop, please check out the lineups of past festivals here.
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)
Kirk Gostkowski and Tim Errickson
Amanda Jones, Siho Ellsmore and Christopher Borg
Christopher Borg, Marshall John Simon and a special friend
James Comtois, Gabby Sherba, Linda S. Nelson and Jamie Parton
Sara Thigpen, Jaime West and Mark Souza
Christina Elise Perry, Desmond Dutcher and Bethany Geragthy
Christina Ashby, Kristine M. Reyes, Paul Sheehan and Emily Gardner Hall
Kirk Gostkowski and Christina Elise Perry
To make a donation in support of Boomerang’s new play programs, please click here.
Hey everyone…we really want you to join us for another very special night of ROCK-N-ROLES on September 27th at 7pm. It’s going to be tremendous fun as always, and we want to share it with you!
For those who don’t know, ROCK-N-ROLES is a new play event where 6 playwrights randomly select a song from a hat and then write a new 10 minute play using that song as inspiration. They write overnight and begin rehearsing their play the next morning with cast and director. All six plays premiere that evening. It’s a high-wire, exciting event with loads of fun, and great music to top it all off.
Previously we’ve had plays inspired by The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”, Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California”, Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady”, Springsteen’s “Born To Run” and Thin Lizzie’s “The Boys are Back in Town” to name just a few.
ROCK-N-ROLES will be Sunday September 27th at 7pm at TheaterLab, 357 W 36th Street, 3rd floor.
Tickets are $20 and include one drink ticket. They can be purchased in advance here.
All proceeds support Boomerang’s new play development programs including the 2015 First Flight New Play Festival, kicking off November 18th.
Chords will be strummed, hearts will be broken, and Rock will be King. Don’t miss it!
Hosted by Event Chairs Gordon Hui and Michael Roderick
All proceeds support the First Flight New Play Festival (November 19th-23rd, 2014) featuring readings of promising plays in development.
We will be honoring our 2014 First Flight participant playwrights, to be announced later this week.
The evening will in include open bar (beer, wine and punch), hors d’oeuvres, mystery box prizes, and a live auction to have your name included live into a performance of Rich Orloff’s “FOUR EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE ANGELS FLOATING AROUND FANTASIZING ABOUT THE LATE (YOUR NAME HERE)”