Good news world, got to chat with Tim Errickson about First Flight, Boomerang Theatre Company’s annual festival of new plays. It’s this week so read up and then get out there and check out some AMAZING PLAYS!!
Jen Browne: So something that is super great about Lather Rinse Repeat is that a lot of playwrights in the group are so much more than playwrights, they’re very often writing, producing, directing, everything and you my friend might be king of the all-arounds working with Boomerang Theatre Company. Can you tell me a little about where this all began for you and maybe how you’ve seen the company grow over the years?
Tim Errickson: Hardly the king, if you look around our little group. It began for me about 20 years ago when I began my first theatre company after college. I love making theatre, I love the audiences and the work. And I love validating work and encouraging playwrights by producing new plays. For the last 16 years, Boomerang Theatre Company has been my passion project. We’ve produced 55 plays and over 60 new play development readings and workshops. We began like all do, poor and not knowing how to do this work. But we learned and grew and gathered like-minded people.
JB: Boomerang breaks its season into three sections or so your website tells me, the third being First Flight, a reading series for new work. Can you speak to the company’s relationship to new plays and playwrights?
TE: It’s funny, as I think it’s changing. Originally, we did all classics, and then began programming new plays to run along with classics in tandem. As we’ve gotten more established (and maybe as I’ve gotten older too), I love new plays more and more. I think that mystery of producing the new play, the unknown audience response, the unforeseen change in rehearsal, is just so exciting. I really love getting new plays off the page, out of readings and in front of people. And the writer is a huge component of that, because really we are supporting their idea of story and theme. We want them there as much as they can be, and we want them to feel like they have a place to bring work and make it better.
JB: Can you break down the details for this year’s festival?
TE: The 2014 First Flight New Play Festival consists of public readings of six new plays in various states of development. We kick off on Wednesday Nov 19th at 7pm and go through Monday Nov 24th at 7pm. All of our readings are at ART/NY, 520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd floor. Readings are always free, but if you’ve got $5 burning a hole in your pocket, we’ll take it and put it to good use.
JB: Producing new work can be risky business why is the risk worth it for you?
TE: Yeah, it’s a funny thing…what’s the risk? If you believe in the work, and it expresses your heart and mind, something important and passionate, it’s always going to work on some level. And it can be done expensively or cheaply depending on what you’ve got to work with. So I’m all in. More New Plays!
JB: How has producing new work influenced the development of your company and your place in the New York theater landscape?
TE: I think on some level we put our own stamp on things. I hope that people see a play and recognize that it’s a Boomerang play, that it has substance, intelligence, daring use of language, and fearlessness. We apply that to all our projects, but I think it is more obvious in the new plays we choose to develop.
JB: Any other tidbits we should know about this year’s Fest or future Boomerang programs?
TE: We just keep trying to grow the festival all the time. Constantly improving it to make it more helpful to the writers, so that their needs are served. We’re excited about this year’s lineup, and hope you’ll come check them out.
This year’s First Flight Festival includes work by Vincent Sessa, Johnna Adams, Michael Aguirre, Adam Kraar, Tim Errickson, Shelley McPherson. Dates and times for all readings can be found HERE!