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:
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….
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.