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-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 2017.

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, based on the words of Helen Keller. The show created a vivid, deeply moving portrait of Keller, revealing her luminous intelligence and extraordinary accomplishments.  

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. Our revival of this raucous musical fairy tale 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 upcoming season (2016-2017) includes the Anne L. Bernstein concert series, one night celebrations of musical theatre, including Peter Pan (August 2016), Queen of the Mist (October 2016), and A Man of No Importance (December 2016).  We will also produce two mainstage productions, two of William Inge's greatest plays, Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba, to run in repertory February 23 - April 23, 2017.  These productions and events will be directed by Jack Cummings III.

In addition to our mainstage productions, we develop and commission new work.  We are currently developing two new musicals, one based on the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay and one representing the 1950s in our Twentieth Century Project.  We are also developing a one-man adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's epic play, Strange Interlude, to be performed by David Greenspan in the fall of 2018 at Irondale Arts Center in Brooklyn.