The Boomerang Theatre Company (Tim Errickson, Artistic Director; Sue Abbott, Managing Director) will celebrate their 15th Anniversary in 2013 with an outdoor production of Shakespeare's RICHARD III and the world premiere of Johnna Adams' verse comedy LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO BETWEENS. Additional productions in the 2013 season will be announced shortly. Check out www.boomerangtheatre.org for more information.
RICHARD III will kick off the anniversary season in Central Park, running June22nd-July 21st. Philip Emeott (Captain Ferguson's School of Balloon Warfare at 59e59) will direct the production. Shakespeare's tragedy follows the rise and fall of nefarious Richard as he seduces and connives his way to the English crown. Tickets are free, with lawn seating available.
LICKSPITTLES... will be part of Boomerang's annual rotating repertory season. Adams' verse comedy will be directed by John Hurley (HACK!, Action Philosophers) and premiere in September 2013. In the play, 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 their female counterparts in Napoleon's top lickspittle, buttonholer and go-between. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers.
Two additional plays for the rotating repertory season are still to be announced, as well as all cast and creative team information.
Johnna Adams is the 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award and was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn award with her play Gidion's Knot. She is a 2012 graduate of the Hunter College Playwriting MFA program (led by Tina Howe), a past Reva Shiner Award winner, winner of the OC Weekly's Best Original Play award (twice), a finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award, a finalist for the William Saroyan Prize and a New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee. Johnna's plays include Angel Eaters, Rattlers, 8 Little Antichrists, Sans Merci, Cockfighters, The Sacred Geometry of S&M Porn, Nurture, Alcestis in Baghdad, The Anguisher, Hripsime, Hued Moll, Oneida: Servants of Motion, Godsbreath, and Tumblewings. Flux Theatre Ensemble will produce her play Sans Merci in the Spring of 2013.
John Hurley's work includes Boomerang Theatre productions of Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard, and Shakespeare's All's Well that End's Well. For Impetuous Theater Group (where he serves as Artistic Director), John has staged Action Philosophers!, Hack! An I.T. Spaghetti Western, and The Vigil or the Guided Cradle by Crystal Skillman, After Darwin by Timberlake Wertenbaker, 12th Night of the Living Dead adapted by Brian Smallwood. He most recently directed Monkeys by James Comtois for Nosedive Productions, and Travesties of 2012 (an original Vaudeville entertainment)by Trav S.D. for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. John is a 2012 "Person of the Year" by www.nytheatre.com .
Philip Emeott has directed plays for numerous companies in New York City. His most recent production, Captain Ferguson's School for Balloon Warfare by Isaac Rathbone, was developed at Dixon Place and premiered at 59E59 before moving to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2012. Previous Boomerang productions include Uncle Vanya, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Dangerous Corner, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the world premiere of Parking Lot, Lonely Heart by Colin McKenna.
The Boomerang Theatre Company is an award-winning Off-Off-Broadway theatre company based in New York City. Boomerang annually produces a season composed of three programs: free outdoor Shakespeare productions in parks throughout NYC; an indoor repertory series of new, classic and neglected plays; and FIRST FLIGHT, a new play development festival of workshops and readings.
In the past thirteen years, the Boomerang Theatre Company has produced 51 full productions, including seven world premieres, seven New York City premieres and reinvented producing in repertory for small theatres. In 2008, the company was the recipient of the Caffe Cino Fellowship from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for consistent production of outstanding work. Boomerang has been awarded two New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Burning the Old Man by Kelly McAllister (out of six nominations), a 2002 OOBR Award for The Misanthrope by Moliere, and was selected as a September 2005 recipient of The STAR Initiative from WNYC radio. The company also presented the United States premiere of Irvine ("Trainspotting") Welsh's You'll Have Had Your Hole in the NYC International Fringe Festival. Three new plays produced by Boomerang have been published in annual Plays and Playwrights anthologies.