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Announcing the First Flight New Play Festival schedule

We’re extremely proud to announce the full schedule for our upcoming  FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival. We’ve got 5 dynamic and daring new works to present, each with an exciting new point of view on traditional narratives. We can’t wait to share these plays with you. Here we go…

 

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Wednesday March 16th at 7pm
The Snowmaker by Aleks Merilo
Directed by Dominic D’Andrea
In the dead of winter, a teenage girl’s estranged father unexpectedly takes her to a cabin in the isolated woods of Montana. She doesn’t know where he has been for the last 10 years. And she doesn’t know who he is searching for at night, when he stares out the window, with a sawed-off shotgun by his side.
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Tools for forming clay with pots on wood background
Thursday March 17th at 7pm

The Marble Muse by Diane Baia Hale
Directed by Cailin Heffernan
When Louisa Lander is commissioned to sculpt Nathaniel Hawthorne, she little suspects the dark journey she will take with the author of The Scarlet Letter.
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Friday March 18th at 7pm
Incompleat Works by Dennis Agle Jr.
Directed by Tim Errickson
The characters of an unfinished Shakespeare play embark on a quest in modern-day England in an effort to discover how their stories end.
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Stock market activity
Saturday March 19th at 4pm

Discreet Global Assets by Lauren Ferebee
Directed by Elizabeth Audley
As the sales reps for Quotidian Industries ratchet up the competition for Annual Review Day, they’re discovering disturbing company secrets that no one should know.
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Saturday March 19th at 7pm
Blanquita by Zack Calhoon
Directed by Kel Haney
When a Senator’s daughter crosses class lines and spends a wild night with the family’s chauffeur, there are witnesses – and consequences.
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The readings will be held in Studio 501 @ CAP21 (18 West 18th Street, 5th floor)
All readings are free, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.boomerangtheatre.org. Donations of $5 per reading are suggested.

Shelley McPherson
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The Boomerang Community: Shelley McPherson

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…

Shelley McPherson

The team at Boomerang Theatre Company care passionately about the creation and development of new plays.  They back up their mission statement with action and commitment.  A well-respected playwright himself, Tim leads the company with warmth, truth, and a fierce dedication to new work; his energy would seem to suggest that this is Boomerang’s first season, not its 17th.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having two of my full-length plays read in the company’s annual First Flight reading series. Both times, my work was richly supported, and the process was especially helpful to me in further developing the two plays.


In addition, I have participated, as a writer, in the past two editions of Boomerang’s Rock-N-Roles , an adrenaline-producing 24 – hour  new play happening wherin the company mixes a potent cocktail of writers, directors, actors , and song prompts , and then shakes, adds garnish, and serves these new plays 24 hours later at a (very fun and festive) fundraising party. Both of the evenings I participated in brought forth a diverse selection of short new plays full of invention, creativity, and the spark of spontaneity.

Further evidence of Boomerang’s imaginative approach to exploring new work came last fall, when, along with half a dozen other writers, I was invited to custom-create a monologue for a donor to perform as part of the company’s fundraising efforts. At the culmination of this project, in January, we gathered to hear this brand new series of specially written monologues, all loosely connected to a theme, read by Boomerang donors.  It was a unique and bonding fundraising concept for writers and donors alike.

With limited resources, extreme enthusiasm, and a dedicated, unflinching intention, Boomerang Theatre Company, against all economic odds, continues to provide a true home for new plays and new ideas; it is a home I proudly call my own.  I encourage you to help Boomerang with its important mission to develop new plays on a budget in NYC.  It is a tough job, but Boomerang is up for the challenge.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here

Amanda Tudor
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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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Rising Sun Performance Company’s THE FIREBIRD

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Boomerang’s Artistic Director Tim Errickson is also a published playwright. His most recent new play The Firebird is currently running at The Paradise Factory as part of The Planet Connections Festivity, produced by Rising Sun Performance Company. Tim recently sat down with Pulitzer Prize winning Arts Journalist and amateur Ornithologist Arn Coppinger to talk about the play, birds, Brooklyn and more birds.

Arn Coppinger: Can you tell me a little bit about your new play THE FIREBIRD.

Tim Errickson: Sure, it’s a play about people living in Brooklyn as the world and their neighborhoods constantly change around them. It’s a play about the economy, about race and class, about mothers and sons, fathers and sons, history, responsibility and love.

AC: Can you tell our readers what happens in the play? For inquiring minds…

TE: Well, in the play, a character named Dan has left the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up and is now working across the river in Manhattan. He gets a call from Irene, his mother’s best friend, to come back to Brooklyn and visit after a long absence. Irene’s family is struggling, and weird things are happening. So Irene wants Dan to make her husband Joe an offer to buy a car, so that Irene and Joe might have extra money and settle some of the odd things.  While out there, Dan runs into his childhood friend Ricky, Irene and Joe’s son. Dan and Ricky were close as brothers, raised on the same block. Ricky’s still trying to find his way in the world, but he knows for some reason that the neighborhood is the answer, rather than look somewhere else. Dan also runs into Marci, his high school girlfriend who’s now dating Ricky. Lots of tension, jealousy, what ifs, colliding with ideas of family, The American Dream, gentrification, labor… all kinds of things.

AC: And now tell us about the birds.

TE: Well, there aren’t any birds in the show

AC: Ah yes, but the title is The FireBIRD. So surely there must be some aviary connection.

TE: Well the Firebird in the title is the make of a car, a Trans Am that both of the main characters loved as kids. It’s also this symbol of can you fix something up and make it like it was, or do you let that go and move on.

AC: I see.

TE: The show is also supporting The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity very near to my heart. The show has two more performances–Wednesday July 8th at 8:15pm and Saturday July 11th at 2pm. I’m sure your readers will want to get tickets at http://planetconnections.org/2015-full-productions/firebird/

AC: And will there be birds on hand at the theater when my people attend the performance?

TE: Um, no. Like maybe a pigeon outside somewhere, but not like, inside with the people.

AC: Oh well. I guess I will see it anyway, despite all of your misleading promotional material.

TE: Can I just say, Arn, that whether you enjoy birds love or not, you will love The Firebird.

Tickets are $18 and are available at http://planetconnections.org/2015-full-productions/firebird/

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Help support the Independent Spirit!

Keep independent theater thriving brand new
This coming weekend we will honor the independent spirit that gave birth to a nation.

Boomerang Theatre Company is asking you to celebrate that same spirit by supporting independent theatre. As a cultural organization, we engage audiences with ideas of who we are today, and what we hope and dream for tomorrow.

Like all not-for-profit theatres, Boomerang cannot survive on ticket sales alone. We depend on the generosity of our community to support and empower our work.

With your help and inspiration, we will continue to support artists who reflect our changing nation and our vibrant moment in history.

Please click here to make a tax deductible donation.

If you’d prefer to send a check, please make it payable to Boomerang Theatre Company and send it to P.O. Box 237166 Ansonia Station, New York NY 10023

Thank you!
Tim, Sue, John, Cailin and Danielle

Photos: (clockwise from top left) Brian Robert Burns in Cymbeline, photo by Tim Errickson; Susan Atwood and Django Palty in Candida, photo by Justin Hoch; Kelley Rae O’Donnell in Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens, photo by Kate Hess; Jessica Angleskhan and Vinnie Penna in Native Speech, photo by Christopher Thomasson; Jason Loughlin and Natalie Roy in Love’s Labour’s Lost, photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum; and Aidan Redmond and Synge Maher in The Real Thing, photo by Tim Errickson.