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There is no Theater Without You

hese times call for extraordinary measures especially for the arts so I am writing this note.
I am proud to be a board member of the most remarkable young not-for-profit theatre company, The Transport Group Theatre Company .

You can google us and read all about us., or visit our Facebook page (Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Transport-Group/30569712040?ref=ts) or visit our website (http://www.transportgroup.org/).

We are only six years old and already our productions and stars like Donna Lynne Champlin have won Obies and five Drama Desk awards and our writers have won prestigious awards like the Kleban.

In our short life span, our productions have already been chosen to be taped for the NY performing Arts Library's Theatre on Film and Tape Archive three times. This is most unusual and speaks to the quality of work Transport Group has been able to do...... on very little money and in very little time.

Each year, we create two (2) often from scratch plays and musicals, as well as two (2) special events (such as an Evening with John Doyle, an Evening with Tommy Tune).
We have been fortunate to receive grants from many highly competitive and distinguished groups, these grants a tribute to Transport Group’s reputation and quality:

The Shubert Foundation

The New York State Department for Cultural Affairs

The Village Voice/OBIE Awards

The JP Morgan Fund for Small Theatres

The New York City Department for Cultural Affairs

The American Theatre Wing

The Jerome Robbins Foundation

The Dramatists Guild Fund

The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation

The Dorothy Loudon Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Shen Family Foundation

The Ted Snowdon Foundation

However, we are a young company and these grants are small, and it is hard to know what the future will bring even from established sources.
We will all have to wait for the economy to turn to see what sources of money exist to help us do our work.

Next year we will mount 2 productions: a revival of the classic Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band and a new musical (which we commissioned) by Michael John LaChuisa., the Tony Award-nominated American musical theatre composer, lyricist, and librettist, starring Mary Testa. We are proud to be entrusted by these artists to bring their works to life.

All this to ask you for support. The arts must be supported in these difficult times. Too many theatres will not survive and that cannot be the case with us!!!! So...... if you can spare $10 or $20, would you please, send a check to:

Transport Group

265 Riverside Drive Suite 3F

NYC, NY 10025

Obviously, if you can be more generous, do.

We are soon to go into production for second show of the year, our new original musical, Being Audrey, which is the story of a woman obsessed with Audrey Hepburn, in troubling times….

BEING AUDREY

A World Premiere Musical

Music & lyrics by Ellen Weiss

Book by James Hindman

Additional book & lyrics by Cheryl Stern

Developed with Jack Cummings III & Adam R. Perlman

Musical direction, arrangements & orchestrations by Lanny Meyers

Choreography by Scott Rink

Directed by Jack Cummings III

Starring Cheryl Stern

BEING AUDREY will perform from March 27 – April 26, 2009 at the Connelly Theatre, in the East Village Those of you who are in town, come and check us out!!!!! Better yet, buy your tickets in advance now, to show additional support for Transport Group and the artists who make a new musical to lift our spirits, even as the economy troubles us. http://www.transportgroup.org/

Everyone, please be generous and write any size check. If the almost 500 friends I have on Facebook each write a check for $10, this notice will bring in $5,000. That is my minimal goal. Please do this.

Thank you.

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