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New and improved us!

Hello all…We’re very excited to see Spring recently (although the recent snows and rains make it feel a little undecided still), and with that I wanted to reach out and talk about Boomerang’s 2016 and 2017 Season programming, which will be different from years past.

First, a little context: We’ve been programming the same way nearly since our inception in 1999. We produce Shakespeare plays outdoors, a rotating rep indoors, and a new play development festival. These three programs have been terrific for us, allowing us to work with tremendous artists and introducing us to so many people. But as we approach our 20th Anniversary season in 2018, we’re thinking about new ways to produce work, and new ways to serve both artists and audiences.

This refection couples along with the fact that a number of plays or projects we’ve developed have not reached any audiences yet. Internally, we talk about this “back log” all the time, plays that are SO good, can you believe no one has produced this yet, or projects that need the last bit of time and effort before debuting for the world. We often let these projects go if they didn’t fit into one of our three programs.

But no longer.

Our 2016 and 2017 season will be spent doing three things:

  1. Taking on these projects that inspire us creatively, getting them onstage rather than withering on the page. If they fit in as an outdoor show or a rep show, great. If not, we’re doing them anyway.
  2. We’re going to explore how technology can be used to extend the audience for the shows we’re producing. Does a show close with us and then move to become an indie film? Does it get adapted to webisodes? We want each project to have those opportunities, both to share the work with more people and also to support artists’ careers and exposure.
  3. We’re going to solve the question of space going forward. We have been itinerant since the closing of CenterStageNY, and whether we build a space or partner with an existing one, we’re going to find a home that we can support and that can support us.

Ok, but what does this all mean?

Our first project in this 2016/2017/2018 initiative will be LOVELESS TEXAS, a terrific new musical based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and composer Henry Aronson have been working with us on this project for nearly a decade, and we are delighted to support this show to its premiere. We’ll be doing a workshop of new material in May, and looking for a full production in late 2016 or early 2017.

All of our efforts will go into LOVELESS, and as a result we will not be producing a Shakespeare play this summer. We’ll be back in 2017.

Following LOVELESS, we have a short list of plays we are going to produce in 2017/2018. They include THE RECKLESS SEASON by Lauren Ferebee, my own play WARM ROSES, and Eric Overmyer’s THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET BY SCOTT JOPLIN AND LOUIS CHAUVIN. And there are more as well. We are also going to resume efforts to bring Jamie Pachino’s WAVING GOODBYE to our company. We’ve been very close before on that one, and it’s a labor of love for me. With any luck, it’ll be the signature production of our 20th anniversary season in our new artistic home.

In addition to all of this, we will still continue to present the FIRST FLIGHT New Play Festival and our incredible ROCK-N-ROLES events. We love our community and want everyone to join us in creating new work and new experiences.

If you feel like you want to make a donation to support these efforts you can do that here. And you can visit our website here to keep up on all these developments.

That’s it for now, sorry for the long post. We love you all and appreciate all the affection you’ve shown our little company for 18 years.

Thanks!

-t

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Raising money with perks and pies, all to produce a play I love

Hi all…we’ve been talking all week about raising money with our IndieGoGo campaign, and talking about the cool perks each donation can have. We’ve also been trying to incentivize you with the notion of pies in the face of our staff. It’s been wonderful to see how many people are supporting our work.

The work…this brings me back to the reason we are raising money in the first place. Around 2001, I fell head over heels in love. Unabashedly, whole heartedly in love with a new play that came across my desk as I was reading scripts. The play was about two heartbroken women, a mother and a daughter. The man who is husband and father in the play has died in a mountain climbing accident, and each woman is trying to put the pieces of their respective life back together. Not only do they feel the incredible loss of father and husband, they also are left with each other. Mourning, angry, hiding, scared, figuring it out. Loving too much and loving not enough and maybe doing it all wrong and just trying to get thru.

The play was on fire on the page. I couldn’t stop reading it, couldn’t stop carrying it around, couldn’t stop telling people about this amazing story.

That play is WAVING GOODBYE by Jamie Pachino.

After several years of negotiating and a few near misses, Boomerang is so incredibly proud to be presenting the New York Premiere of WAVING GOODBYE this winter, directed by the extraordinary Jordana Williams.

I CANNOT WAIT to begin casting, I CANNOT WAIT to begin preproduction and rehearsals, and I CANNOT WAIT for you to sit in the audience and share in this remarkable play.

This is why we do what we do. Because remarkable plays come into our lives, without ever a plan on how they get here, and we have to do them. We have to. No matter what the cost in dollars, in sleep, in sacrifices. We have to.

Every donor who joins this campaign with us becomes a part of the Waving Goodbye family. Please make a donation of any size.

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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!