Colella, Hoty, Gatton Join Acker and Pine for ‘Monster’ Reading


This announcement is courtesy of my friend and colleague Tim Errickson, artistic director of the Boomerang Theatre Company. Come check out the event if you’re able. Great cast.

Jenn Colella, Dee Hoty and Vince Gatton
join the cast of Boomerang Theatre Company’s
The Monster Tales
reading on Feb. 1, 2010

Theater stars Dee Hoty, Jenn Colella and Vince Gatton join the previously announced Amy Acker and Larry Pine in the Boomerang Theatre Company’s reading of The Monster Tales by Mary Jett Parsley Wrenn on Feb. 1, 2010.

Cailín Heffernan will helm the event. For more information, please visit

Boomerang’s reading of The Monster Tales represents the debut of its Legacy Reading Series, featuring readings of plays from past company seasons. These events will be focused on keeping the spirit of these plays alive, and allow those who might have missed the plays the first time around a chance to experience them. Proceeds from the Legacy Series will benefit Boomerang’s new play-development programs.

The Monster Tales, which kicks off the Legacy Reading Series, had its New York premiere with Boomerang in 2002, and tells the story of a lonely young woman who discovers her singular humanity when a monster appears from under her bed. Following Boomerang’s production, the play was published in New York Theatre Experience’s Plays and Playwrights 2004 anthology.

The reading will take at the Actors Company Theatre Studio, 900 Broadway, Suite 905.

Hoty recently starred in Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway. Previous Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! and Footloose.

Colella previously starred on Broadway in High Fidelity and Urban Cowboy, and Off-Broadway in The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Gatton was a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Off-Broadway’s Candy and Dorothy. He is currently preparing to star in The Turn of the Screw at the Merchant House in New York’s East Village.

Acker is best known for her television roles as Whiskey on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and Fred on Angel. She was also a series regular on Alias.

Pine is a theater and TV veteran best known for onscreen roles in Vanya on 42nd Street and a recurring role on Oz. He was recently seen on Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club’s hit revival of The Royal Family.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Upcoming readings in the series include Burning the Old Man by Kelly McAllister and The Hot Month by Taylor Mac. Dates and times to be announced shortly.

Playwright Mary Jett Parsley Wrenn received her MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. Productions of Jett’s work include Right Side Wrong, First Born, Locked Doors and Lighting Bugs and Tar River Love Story. Locked Doors and Lightning Bugs received the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Charles M. Getchell Award and was a winner of the Charlotte Repertory Theatre’s New Plays in America Festival.

Director Cail√≠n Heffernan has directed new plays by Larry Kirwan, Dan Dietz and Mary Fengar Gail; classical plays ranging from Shakespeare and Dryden to Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams; comedies including Stones in His Pockets and musicals such as Byzantium for the New York International Fringe Festival and Suddenly Summer for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. For Boomerang, she directed Williams’ Summer and Smoke and O’Neill’s Anna Christie and Beyond the Horizon, among others.

The Boomerang Theatre Company is an award-winning Off-Off-Broadway theatre company based in New York CitBoomerang 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.

During the past 11 years, Boomerang Theatre Company has produced 42 full productions, including six 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. Two plays produced by Boomerang have been published in annual Plays and Playwrights anthologies.

Tickets for the reading of The Monster Tales will be $25, including a reception afterwards. Tickets are available online at or by phone at (212) 352-3101.

For more information, visit, call 212-501-4069 or email