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, Lori Fineman.  In our 18-season history we have produced 28 shows comprised of 13 new works and 15 revivals, including 16 plays and 12 musicals.

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.
 

Strange Interlude (2017) starring David Greenspan

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).  

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). The next concert is slated for June, 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

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.  

During the 2018-2019 season we will be in residence again at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York City.

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)
*World Premiere
**New York Premiere
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