2016 Season, Boomerang Support, How you can help, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Rock and Roles

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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2016 Season, Boom Artists, Boomerang Support, How you can help, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Opportunities, Rock and Roles

Rock-n-Roles: Country Rock Bootleg edition

Hello everyone! We’ve got the next edition of Rock-n-Roles coming up on OCTOBER 1ST and we couldn’t be more excited. This one’s going to have an Alt-Country vibe to it, just as fun as our previous events but with a little more foot stompin’…

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. Previous “albums” have included plays inspired by Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Cure, The Rolling Stones and more. The plays are performed live onstage with a crazy good group of actors and live musicians.

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

Doors open at 7pm; performances begin 7:30pm

Early Bird tickets are $20 and include a free drink at the event (offer ends Sept 23rd!)
General Admission tickets are $20 beginning Sept 24th thru Oct 1st
Cash tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event for $25

Turn your theatre up LOUD!
All proceeds benefit Boomerang Theatre Company’s New Play programs.

Grab your tickets now before they’re gone!

http://www.boomerangtheatre.org

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2017 Season, First Flight, First Flight New Play Festival, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Opportunities

Open Submission Season for 2017 First Flight New Play Festival

After more than a few delays, the Open Submission Season for the 2017 First Flight Festival will begin on Wednesday September 15th at 12:01 AM EST and close on Saturday October 15th at 11:59 PM EST.

We don’t really have many rules about submitting, and what ones we do have are there to make the process easier on both the playwright and our staff. Basically, we try to direct people away from submitting things that are a better fit elsewhere. For example, we’ve only produced an evening of One Act Plays for an extended run once in 18 years, so we don’t seek to develop them. Same goes with musicals and children’s plays.

So what do we respond to?

When we receive a new play submission (and again this year, we are only accepting submissions electronically, because trees), each 10 page sample is read and evaluated on the following questions:

  • Does the play speak to our modern cultural moment in some way?
  • Does the play use Language in an interesting way?
  • Does the script feel like a play rather than a movie or TV show?
  • Is there anything crazy that could make producing or developing the play difficult (i.e. requires onstage Magician, live animals, a cast of 90 year olds or all children, etc)? (This isn’t a deal breaker; we like wild things sometimes)
  • Would you like to see this show?

So that’s it. Every submission is read by at least one person on the Literary Team (Go Team Literary!) , with the above 5 questions answered for each one. From there, we generally select 25-30 plays as Finalists and ask playwrights to submit the full script (rather than just the sample). A different member of Team Literary takes a look at the full script, using the same 5 questions. From there, we just keep passing the plays around and gathering feedback using this 5 question criteria. It ain’t scientific, but it’s what we’ve got.

Thanks for taking a look at this, and send us your awesome plays!

To see our complete submission Guidelines, click here. To see a recent history of plays we’ve developed in First Flight, click here

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2016 Season, Boom Artists, First Flight, First Flight New Play Festival, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays

Play Submissions Guidelines is a hot topic right now

Hello all! As many people know, Boomerang’s regular open submission window for The First Flight New Play Festival is August 1st-September 1st. This year we are updating our submission guidelines, and since we are still working on those, the open window will be August 15th-September 15th, 2016.

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for our guidelines lately, and we are looking forward to posting the 2016 criteria within the next two weeks. Most things probably will not change. But we’ll review them all to ensure they’re up to date.

The dates and location for the next First Flight New Play Festival have not been finalized yet.

Thanks to all for your patience with this!

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Johnna Adams’ masterpiece makes a return!

We’re raising money thru our IndieGoGo campaign for our Fall and Winter programming. In addition to Waving Goodbye, the other full production in this season is Johnna Adams’ LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS. Boomerang produced “Lickspittles…” in 2013 as part of our last rep season, and response could not have been more clear: We need to see more of this play! So we are remounting it in rotating rep with Waving Goodbye (“Givin’ the People…Give the People what the Want!”).

What makes “Lickspittles…” special? There are so many things. First, it’s a story totally written in various forms of verse, from rhyming couplets to limericks to sestinas to free verse. It’s an amazing piece of writing. When Associate Artistic Director John Hurley got hold of it, he made it into a remarkable evening in the theatre. Three nutty Danish court officials try to save Denmark from destruction by going to France and thwarting Napoleon, but happen to meet their equals in the female court officials from France. Love, loss, history, lust, pride and most of all laughter are the DNA of this play, so much so that we knew we had to revisit it.

Part of our mission is to develop new work. Once developed, the other side of our mission kicks in: the provide the brightest spotlight we can for this work, making sure that audiences get as much access to it as possible. Hundreds have people have seen the show so far, our goal now is to get thousands of people to see it. This play is too dynamic to be shuttered away.

We still need your help to make this a reality. Please make a donation to our campaign to help bring LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS back this Winter. Everyone who donates $25 gets complimentary tickets to both of these plays in our rep.

Join our team, support the cause, and be a part of all the love and laughter.

You can make a donation here. 

Donate

2014 Season, Boom Artists, Boomerang Support, First Flight, Indie Theatre Community, New Plays, Planning, Rep Season

Boomerang’s Fall and Winter Season!

We’re extremely proud to announce our next slate of projects. Are you ready?

The 12th Annual FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival
November 19th-23rd, 2014
at ART/NY, 520 8th Avenue
One of Indie Theatre’s premiere new play development fesitvals is back! Brand new plays by some of Indie Theatre’s favorite writers, showing works in progress that are funny, moving, lyrical and wild. Recent festivals have included work by Adam Kraar, James Comtois, Tim Errickson, Crystal Skillman, Larry Kunofsky, Zack Calhoon, Susan Ferrarra, Shelley McPherson and more.


2015 Rep Season
Winter 2015… 

lbdpgbLickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens
by Johnna Adams
Directed by John Hurley
Boomerang’s 2013 hit comedy return for an extended run! More laughs, more rhymes, more silliness. And even more french accents!

Three extraneous Danish court officials: a professional loud mouth (the buttonholer), a kiss ass for hire (the lickspittle) and a successful dastard (the go-between) are tossed out of court just as Denmark’s merchant fleet becomes of strategic importance in the Napoleonic war. The three men journey to France and meet Napoleon’s top lickspittle, buttonholer and go-between, their female counterparts. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers. The main characters speak in rhyming alexandrine verse, while a host of supporting characters converse in sestinas, haiku, free verse, limericks and sonnets. In a rhyming, metered world, the offbeat rules.

in rotating rep with…

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Waving Goodbye
by Jamie Pachino
Directed by Jordana Williams
Waving Goodbye is the story of Lily Blue, a 17-year-old photographer who loses her father in a mountain climbing accident, and must spend her 17th year with the mother who abandoned her. It’s also a story of loss, grief, change, making art, wishing things were different, being stalled, finding love, not turning into your mother, and those irrevocable moments after which nothing is ever the same.

 
Would you like to make a donation to support these projects? We value your financial support now more than ever.
Thank you in advance!

 

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Now accepting submissions: The First Flight New Play Festival

bigstock-Female-hands-typing-on-a-lapto-26972300Boomerang is accepting submissions for the 12th Annual FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival, running November 19th-23rd, 2014 at ART/NY (520 8th Avenue, NYC)

FIRST FLIGHT is one of the premiere new play development festivals in Indie Theatre. Each play selected to participate in the festival received 6 hours of rehearsal time over the course of one week, culminating in a public reading of the play for a supportive audience.

As of 2014, Boomerang only accepts electronic submissions.
The open submission period for FIRST FLIGHT 2014 is August 1st-August 31st. Submissions will not be accepted after August 31st at 11:59pm.

Please submit your resume, a synopsis of your play, and a 10 page sample of the play. Note: this does not have to be the first 10 pages; merely the 10 pages that best represent the play and your writing.

Seeking new full length plays, comedies or dramas, adaptations or wholly original, that speak to the current cultural and historical moment in time. Especially interested in theatrical use of language and style. Plays are not limited to cast size, period or setting. Please note: We do not accept musicals, nor do we accept one act plays less than 60 minutes.

Please submit materials and questions to:

The Boomerang Theatre Company Literary@boomerangtheatre.org

Brian Silliman and Steven Boyer in the First Flight reading of Larry Kunofsky's VAN GOGH AMONG THE HIPSTERS
Brian Silliman and Steven Boyer in the First Flight reading of Larry Kunofsky’s VAN GOGH AMONG THE HIPSTERS