About

MISSION

Transport Group is a not-for-profit, off-Broadway theatre company in New York City that stages new works and re-imagines revivals by American writers.  Our visually progressive productions of emotionally classic stories explore the challenges of relationships and identity in modern America.

HISTORY

Founded in 2001 by Jack Cummings III and Robyn Hussa, Transport Group has produced twenty-three shows comprised of twelve new works and eleven revivals, including twelve plays and eleven musicals. In addition to our mainstage productions, we also produce readings, developmental labs, concerts, and other special events. 

Our Town (2002), Requiem for William* (2003), First Lady Suite (2004), The Audience* (2005),Normal* (2005), cul-de-sac* (2006), All the Way Home (2006), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs(2007), Crossing Brooklyn* (2007), Marcy in the Galaxy* (2008), Bury the Dead (2008), Being Audrey* (2009), The Boys in the Band (2010), See Rock City and Other Destinations** (2010),Hello Again (2011), Lysistrata Jones** (2011), The Patsy (2011), Jonas* (2011), Queen of the Mist*(2011), House For Sale* (2012), The Memory Show ** (2013), Almost, Maine (2014), I Remember Mama (2014)

*world premiere
**new York premiere

Transport Group stages new works and re-imagined revivals by American writers. Our visually progressive productions of emotionally classic stories explore the challenges of relationship and identity in modern America. Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Jack Cummings, III, we have produced twenty-five mainstage shows:  fourteen new works and eleven revivals, including thirteen plays and twelve musicals. We also produce developmental workshops, one-night musical concerts, readings and special events.

Founded in 2001 by Jack Cummings III and Robyn Hussa, Transport Group has produced twenty-five shows comprised of thirteen new works and twelve revivals, including thirteen plays and twelve musicals. In addition to our mainstage productions, we also produce readings, developmental labs, concerts, and other special events. 

Production history:  Our Town (2002), Requiem for William* (2003), First Lady Suite (2004), The Audience* (2005),Normal* (2005), cul-de-sac* (2006), All the Way Home (2006), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs(2007), Crossing Brooklyn* (2007), Marcy in the Galaxy* (2008), Bury the Dead (2008), Being Audrey* (2009), The Boys in the Band (2010), See Rock City and Other Destinations** (2010),Hello Again (2011), Lysistrata Jones** (2011), The Patsy (2011), Jonas* (2011), Queen of the Mist*(2011), House For Sale* (2012), The Memory Show ** (2013), Almost, Maine (2014), I Remember Mama (2014), Three Days to See* (2015), Once Upon a Mattress (2015/2016)

*world premiere 
**new York premiere

During Transport Group's first eight seasons, the company was in residence at The Connely Theatre, a turn-of-the-century proscenium theatre located in the East Village. Beginning with the 2009 - 2010 season, Transport Group began to explore environmental staging, performing works in non-traditional spaces such as a penthouse apartment, a commercial loft, and a gymnasium (The Gym at Judson). Transport Group found an uptown home in The Duke on 42nd Street where we produced four productions including the acclaimed one-man version of The Patsy starring David Greenspan and the brave original musical The Memory Show by Sara Cooper and Zach Redler. In 2014, Transport Group returned to The Gym at Judson, located in the historical Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, to produce three more productions.  Transport Group will return to The Gym in the fall, 2016.

Currently headed by Jack Cummings III (Artistic Director) and Lori Fineman (Executive Director), our 2016 mainstage season included the world premiere play, Three Days to See and a revival of the classic Broadway musical, Once Upon a Mattress.Three Days to See was conceived and directed by Cummings, and was based on the words of Helen Keller. The show created a vivid, deeply moving portrait of Keller, revealing her luminous intelligence and extraordinary accomplishments. An ensemble of seven eclectic performers each played the role of Keller, and introduced audiences to her revelatory and singular take on culture, feminism, romance and politics.

 

Once Upon a Mattress is a classic Broadway musical with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller. In 2013, Mary Rodgers attended our one-night concert of the show and then urged us to take the concert into a full production. Obtaining the rarely-given licensing rights to produce this major revival of a Broadway musical was an unprecedented achievement for a not-for-profit, Off-Broadway theatre company of our size. Our revival of this raucous musical fairy tale - the first revival of this piece in over 20 years in New York City - starred the formidable Jackie Hoffman and the iconic drag performer John “Lypsinka” Epperson. The show was dedicated to the memory and the legacy of Mary Rodgers, who passed away in 2014.

Our previous season (2014) featured the first New York revival of John Cariani's modern classic, Almost, Maine; the 2006 romantic comedy that explores the magical delicacy of finding and sharing real love. Almost, Maine enjoyed an extended run with packed houses on a snow-laden set, and featured the play's author, Tony Award-nominated actor John Cariani, in the cast. In March of 2014, New York responded with rapturous reviews, sold out performances, and multiple award nominations for our revival of the John Van Druten classic I Remember Mama. Director Jack Cummings III envisioned John Van Druten's 1944 play with an ensemble cast of ten women in their 70s and 80s, starring Drama Desk nominee Barbara Andres and Oscar & Tony Award Nominee, Barbara Barrie.

 

In addition to our mainstage productions, we have spent considerable time and resources, particularly during the last 18 months, developing and commissioning new work to expand our artistic pipeline.  In addition to a four-week developmental workshop for The Blonde Streak, we recently produced developmental labs and readings for two additional new musicals;Benny & Joon, based on the 1991 Hollywood film, and All I Could See, based on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. (Please reference the complete list in the production history in the supplemental materials).  We also conducted extensive research to commission two new plays and a new musical to support our long-term artistic initiative, The 20th Century Project.