Boom Artists, Boomerang 15, Indie Theatre Community, Podcasts

New Podcast series: Boomerang 15

Hello folks…in honor of our 15th Anniversary season, Boomerang will present a special podcast series called Boomerangbigstock-Vintage-microphone-with-dark-b-14086889 15. In the series, we’ll talk to influential people from our company’s history and discuss about their time working with us, the projects they loved, and what they’re doing now. We’re really excited to see some old friends, honor those who’ve made a difference, and share their thoughts and memories with you.

Boomerang 15 will debut in Spring 2013. Episodes will be released throughout the season.

2011-2012 Season, Boom Artists, Podcasts, Shakespeare, Uncategorized

The Week Between…

Week 2 of Much Ado went very well, better in some aspects than Week 1. Due to weather, we did not fully tech in the space prior to opening, so calling of cues and the amount of time entrances take (some covering healthy distances) were still being set when we had our first audiences. With those transitions moving much smoother, the show actually trimmed a few minutes, and kept the actions flowing.

Our constant nemesis the weather threatened all weekend, but proved more bark than bite. When this happens, audiences become a little wary of coming to the park for fear they will get showered on with very little surrounding cover. But our loyal audience came out for both shows, and what they missed in sunshine, they were rewarded in energy and intimacy of performance. Thanks to all who made it out.

So what happens now? Well, this is the week in between — the week during each outdoor run in which the July 4th holiday weekend falls. The NYC Parks Department does not grant special event permits for the holiday weekend, so we skip a weekend and add an extra rehearsal or two the following week before the next performance.

It often serves as a good mental break as well. The cast and crew of Much Ado have essentially given up the first two months of the summer for the show (May 22-July 17th, with rehearsal considered), so having a weekend where they can sleep in, or go out-of-town, or go to Coney Island and ride the Cyclone is great for morale.

We’ll be doing a few extra things this week to prep for the upcoming final weekends of the run, including a bar fundraiser on July 10th (more details to follow), a fun “Life Offstage”  podcast with Nate Miller who is playing Benedick, and more pics and info. I’m also working on two special projects, detailing the backstage workings of our Shakespeare productions. Should be fun times.

Thanks again for supporting the show.

PS: In the meantime, since you aren’t seeing a Boomerang show this weekend…

1)  Check out our friends in the Comic Book Festival at The Brick, especially upcoming performances of Action Philosophers, Mrs. Perfect!   and GALACTIC GIRL! (Hell, check out anything you can, it’s bound to be good).

2) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS (by yours truly, directed by Christopher Thomasson) premiered with Boomerang in Fall 2010, and has now been published by New York Theatre Experience. The release party is tomorrow night (June 29th) at Judson Memorial Church beginning at 7pm. It’s a free event, please join us! The original cast will be performing a selection from the show.

3) And finally, the team at Horse Trade Theatre Group needs your help to keep from losing one of their theater spaces. Check out the info here.

2011-2012 Season

Casting, Podcasting, and Hoping for Good Weather

We are extremely busy here at Boomerang HQ these days…Currently we’re trying to wrap up the casting for our production of Much Ado About Nothing. We’ve had a few delays that were beyond our control, and we are just now coming to the final few calls and acceptances. We were extremely lucky to have had such a high level of talent audition for the show, and I have no doubt that this will be one of the best shows we’ve done.

The Boomerang Brain Trust works on the inaugural podcast...the world will never be the same

Also keeping us busy is all the new media and technology that we are beginning to play with this season. Admittedly, we have never been a company at the forefront of social media…we’ve dipped a toe in here or there, adopted Facebook and sent the occasional Tweet, but that’s about it. But this year, that’s changing! (Part of that change is the blog you are reading now). Last night, we recorded our first ever Boomerang podcast! It was super easy and fun, and you can expect a lot of them coming up.

The podcast is called “Life Offstage“, and will feature chats about what is happening on Boomerang’s stages and offices, what’s happening in Indie Theatre, the occasional behind the scenes peek into our shows, and frank talk about our lives as well. For a lot of us, our theatre lives and our personal lives intertwine, and this podcast will both celebrate that, laugh at that, and maybe even curse at it. (Actually, I did a lot of swearing last night, we’ll see how much makes it in). We’re also going to be drinking, and talking about what cocktails we are having while we’re recording. It should feel like you are having a drink with us at a bar, and said “Hey Boomerang, what’s going on?”

Christopher Thomasson, Sue Abbott and I will be the main voices you hear on “Life Offstage“, but you will also get plenty of guest stars as well. Christopher and I fumbled our way thru the beginning, but ended up talking for about 2 and half hours, on topics ranging from Boomerang company history, growing up in the South, dating in Wisconsin, bourbon, Rhonda Shear, our 2011 season, SNL in the 80’s and prom themes. It entertained us, and I think you’ll get a kick out of it too. Check back later this week to listen to it.

And finally, with outdoor rehearsals for Much Ado right around the corner and the weather here in NYC not all that great, I’m spending some time hoping the theatre gods bring some sunshine back this direction. We often rehearse indoors during bad weather, but you never replicate the joy and magic of being on the Boomerang Rock talking out to all of NYC. It’s a wonderful thing to feel and see, so let’s hope these clouds hit the road by the weekend.