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The Boomerang Community: Amanda Tudor

As part of our Holiday fundraising campaign, we’ve asked members of Boomerang’s artistic family to write about our company and what makes us unique for them. We hope that you will recognize our distinctive contribution to New York City theatre with a financial gift this holiday season. You can make any size tax-deductible donation here.

But don’t take our word for it…

Amanda Tudor
In a city of millions where the competition is stiff and fierce, communities are few and far between.  Most “communities” want something from you without much to give back.  Most theatre companies I’ve worked for, want my support without supporting me.  To most companies, I’ve become another one of the millions in competition.  But not Boomerang.  Boomerang is unlike any other community I’ve been a part of; they’ve taken care of me.

Here are my top 3 reasons, after 5 years, I still donate to Boomerang:

  1. Boomerang brings Shakespeare for FREE to the masses

Every year in the park, Boomerang puts on quality Shakespeare in interesting and fun ways. They share the work with tourists and natives alike.  Children get exposed to new work, picnics get to be feasted and shared and communities are built.  Stop by for 5 minutes or stay for the whole show.  It’s like a pop up shop of awesomeness and Shakespeare.

l to r: Jonathan Dewberry, Catherine McNelis, Amanda Tudor and Jason Loughlin in Boomerang's THE TEMPEST in Central Park (2010)
l to r: Jonathan Dewberry, Catherine McNelis, Amanda Tudor and Jason Loughlin in Boomerang’s THE TEMPEST in Central Park (2010)
  1. I’m supported by the company

The shows I’ve done in the past 5 years have been amazingly supported by the company.  Namely Tim Errickson has been to see my plays and has been there to laugh the loudest.  Always the supportive friend, he genuinely cares about my career and my successes…even if they’re not associated with the company.  My Kickstarter campaigns are donated to, Facebook posts responded to: I am supported by my community.

  1. New plays and playwrights are given a chance

New plays, just like new actors, need an ally.  And Boomerang is that ally.  Every year, new plays are given a workshop setting, a public reading and support of the company.  What an amazing resource for actors as well! Working on new works, perhaps teaming up with new playwrights, and creating more work for themselves.

This is my community: the group of rockstars that want to create and lift up the theatre.  I hope this season you’ll give back to the community that gives so much.  Be a part of this community with me, help us continue to bring theatre to the people and people to the theatre.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

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A few random questions for…Vinnie Penna

Boomerang has been lucky enough to work with Vinnie Penna since 2004. Audiences have seen memorable performance of his as The Hungry Mother in Eric Overmyer’s NATIVE SPEECH, Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (2014) and Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2004), and THE TEMPEST in 2010. He’s currently starring as Pisanio in CYMBELINE (running thru July 19th). He answered a few random questions for us while gearing up for the final four performances of CYMBELINE…

Vinnie Penna as Pisanio in CYMBELINE
Vinnie Penna as Pisanio in CYMBELINE

Full Name: Vincent Penna Jr.

Home town: Valley Stream, NY

How many Boomerang shows have you done? Not counting readings, 24-hour festivals, and benefits, this is my fifth Boomerang production (four of which were outdoor Shakespeare productions).

Tell us a little about PisanioPisanio is in a unique position in this play. He’s a regular guy. Not royalty, not particularly military, just a working stiff. Honest and loyal to the point of being dishonest and disloyal if it serves the greater good.

What is your favorite thing about working on Cymbeline? The appeal of Cymbeline is that it’s a later work that defies easy categorization–not necessarily a so-called problem play, like Measure for Measure or The Merchant of Venice. Above all, the language is so beautiful, and reflects the growth and maturity Shakespeare achieved at this juncture in his career.

What’s your favorite place in New York City? I’m not an outdoorsy sort, so I’m tempted to say my favorite place in NYC is my apartment, but that’s boring. I’ll admit to digging the High Line and certain points on the west side Greenway.

In keeping with the spirit of economy, can you give us your 6 word memoir:  “Is that a meteor? Run, guys!!!”

CYMBELINE continues performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2pm thru July 19th.

Vinnie Penna as Bottom in 2014's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Vinnie Penna as Bottom in 2014’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM