Mission & History
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.
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:
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
In addition to our mainstage productions, we also produce readings, developmental labs, concerts, and other special events. During our first eight seasons, the company was in residence at The Connelly Theatre, a turn-of-the century proscenium theatre located in the East Village. Beginning with the 2009 – 2010 season, TG moved into a phase of environmental staging, performing works in non-traditional spaces such as a penthouse, a commercial loft, and a gym. In the 2012-2013 season, Transport Group performed at The Duke on 42nd Street, having also performed there in summers of 2010 and 2011. During the 2013-2014 season, Transport Group will be in residence at The Gym at Judson in the West Village, having performed two shows there in 2011.
Currently headed by Jack Cummings III (Artistic Director) and Lori Fineman (Executive Director), Transport Group’s 2010 - 2011 season marked the company’s tenth anniversary season and a number of exciting artistic accomplishments: the first New York revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again, which received critical acclaim and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival, and the New York premiere of Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn’s musical Lysistrata Jones, which transferred to Broadway in the fall of 2011. Our eleventh season (2011–2012) included the critically acclaimed, first New York revival of Barry Conners’ The Patsy, re-invented and re-imagined as a remarkable one-man tour-de-force starring David Greenspan, and Transport Group’s first commission for The 20th Century Project, the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical Queen of the Mist, starring Mary Testa.
During the 2012-2013 season, Transport Group produced the world premiere of House For Sale by National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen (Freedom, The Corrections), adapted for the stage and directed by visionary director Daniel Fish. House For Sale marked the the first of any work by Franzen to be presented on stage. The 2012-2013 season closed with the original musical The Memory Show, by Sara Cooper and Zach Redler. Marking its New York premiere at Transport Group and starring Tony-nominee Catherine Cox (Footloose, Baby) and Drama Desk nominee Leslie Kritzer (Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair), The Memory Show is a tale of mother and daughter and their struggle to make sense of their relationship in the midst of the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.
Our thirteenth season (2013-2014) includes the first New York revival of John Cariani's globally popular romantic comedy, Almost, Maine featuring an unprecedented performance by the playwright himself, and an urgent new revival of the American classic, I Remember Mama by John Van Druten starring an ensemble cast of ten powerhouse veteran actresses. Both productions are directed by Jack Cummings III.