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About Transport Group

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 relationship and identity in modern America.

HISTORY

Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Jack Cummings III, Transport Group is currently run by Cummings and Executive Director, Denise Dickens.  We produce plays and musicals; new works and revivals.

Broadbend, Arkansas

Transport Group’s most recent season featured not only two musicals, but two very different musicals.  Broadbend, Arkansas was produced at The Duke on 42nd St in the Fall of 2019.  A world-premiere in association with The Public, in Broadbend, Arkansas, a Black family grappling with police violence in a story that spans three decades with music by Ted Shen, book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh and Harrison David Rivers, and starring Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton. 

In the spring of 2020, our season concluded with a revised revival of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with a revised book by Dick Scanlan, a Golden-Age score by Meredith Willson, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and starring Beth Malone & David Aron Damane.

The Trial of The Catonsville Nine

The 18-19 season featured two unique theatrical experiences. In the fall, Carmel Dean and Dick Scanlan’s world premiere musical, Renascence, explored renowned poet Edna St. Vincent Millay through six vibrant, young actors.

Jack Cummings III adapted the docu-play The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, written by Daniel Berrigan in 1971 for our spring production.  This singular theatrical experience re-conceived the traditional cast of 9 catholic jurors with three Asian-American actors, portraying all 14 roles.

 

Both productions took place at Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

In April 2018, we produced the critically acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke as a co-production with Classic Stage Company starring Marin Ireland and Nathan Darrow, directed by Jack Cummings III.  “This exquisite version is strong enough to power a rocket into orbit” hailed Time Out New York.  The production enjoyed a week-long extension.

In October 2017 we produced Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude starring David Greenspan, and only David Greenspan, who received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance as well as an OBIE Award for Greenspan, Cummings and Transport Group.  This production radically re-imagined O’Neill’s epic 9-Act play as a one-man tour-de-force.   The New York Times hailed the production as “masterful…it is like witnessing a recitation, a prayer, a madness, a modern ballet…this production is storytelling at its purest.”

Earlier in 2017 we produced Picnic & Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Rep, which received two Drama Desk nominations and three OBIE Awards (Jack Cummings III for direction, Heather Mac Rae for performance, Dane Laffrey for scenic design).  

Strange Interlude (2017) at Irondale Theatre Center

Transport Group’s first eight seasons were in residence at The Connelly 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. Transport Group has also been in residence at the Duke on 42nd Street, Abrons Arts Center, and The Gym at Judson.

In addition to mainstage productions, Transport Group also produces one-night-only, star-studded concert events, often featuring the productions’ original orchestrations performed by as many as 60 actors and musicians.  Concert titles have included Baby (2012), Once Upon a Mattress (2013), The Music Man (2014), Peter Pan (2016), A Man of No Importance (2016), Man of La Mancha (2017) and Promises, Promises (2018), and most recently, Sweet Charity in 2019. This concert series has been possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Anne L. Bernstein since 2016.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (2007)
at The Connelly Theatre

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)
  • Picnic (2017)
  • Come Back, Little Sheba (2017)
  • Strange Interlude (2017)
  • Summer & Smoke (2018)
  • Renascence* (2018)
  • The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (2019)
  • Broadbend, Arkansas (2019)*
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown (2020)

 *World Premiere   **New York Premiere