Event Details
  • June 27, 2016
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mermen – Reading

by T. Cat Ford
directed by Aubrey Snowden

Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam St. NYC, NY 10013

16th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors, designers and general managers.

"Dollars and Sense" panel to include

  • Jane Bergere, producer (Broadway: The Crucible, Sylvia, It Shoulda Been You, Wolf Hall, You Can’t Take It With You starring James Earl JonesRockyTwelfth Night/King Richard III starring Mark Rylance, Kinky Boots starring Billy Porter, Annie, Clybourne Park; Off-Broadway: The Exonerated, Houdini The Musical, Capture Now.
  • Pat Blake,  producer (The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, My Life Is a Musical, The Exonerated), founding artistic director of Rhymes Over Beats;
  • Karl Eigsti, scenic designer (original productions of Boesman and Lena, Grease, House of Blue Leaves, Knockout (Tony nominated), The American Clock and Yentl.  Regional work includes Arena Stage, Guthrie,  Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Repertory, Pittsburgh Public.)
  • Sam Fleming, costume designer (Alley Theatre in Houston, Atlanta's Alliance Theater Company, the Hartford Stage, Denver Center Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, Center Stage in Baltimore, StageWest in Springfield, Mass., Houston Opera Studio, Skylight Opera Theatre, Texas Opera Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater)
  • Ken Waissman, producer (Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God). 
Panelists
  • PATRICK BLAKE

    is a writer/producer based in New York and San Francisco, and Founding Artistic Director of Rhymes Over Beats, a hip hop theater company. In New York theater, he is a producer of the off-Broadway revival of The 39 Steps, the off-Broadway transfer of Bedlam Theater Company's dual productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan, and is currently producing My Life Is a Musical (from the TRU Voices series) which had a debut production at Bay Street Theatre. He was one of the producers of Play Dead! at The Players Theatre, he has produced In the Continuum at Perry Street Theatre, Noah's Archive, Joe Fearless, The Exonerated (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Court TV's Scales of Justice Award) and The Soap Myth at Southstreet Seaport. He also produced Dirty Works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was Executive Producer for the short film, The Igloo, and the feature film Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler. Patrick is a proud board member of TRU.

  • JANE BERGERE

    is a Tony award-winning producer with numerous Broadway credits, including: the revival of The Crucible, Sylvia, It Shoulda Been You, Wolf Hall, You Can’t Take It With You starring James Earl JonesRockyTwelfth Night/King Richard III starring Mark Rylance, Kinky Boots starring Billy Porter, Annie, Clybourne Park, War Horse, Driving Miss Daisy starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave; A Little Night Music starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury; La Cage aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge; All My Sons starring John Lithgow and Katie Holmes; Mark Twain’s Is He Dead? starring Norbert Leo Butz; Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce in a Tony Award-winning role; Glengarry Glen Ross starring Alan Alda, Liev Schreiber, Frederick Weller, Gordon Clapp, Jeffrey Tambor, Tom Wopat and Jordan Lage; Caroline, or Change by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. Jane’s Off Broadway and regional productions include The ExoneratedHoudini The Musical and Capture Now. She also produced the national tour and London productions of The Exonerated. Prior to her work as a Broadway producer, Jane was the Artistic Director of Connecticut’s Broadway Theatre in Darien, CT where she produced over 50 musicals, including The King and I; Guys and Dolls; The Sound of Music;Barnum; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; and Mame.

  • SAM FLEMING

    costume designs have been seen at theaters across the country, including the Alley Theatre in Houston, Atlanta's Alliance Theater Company, the Hartford Stage, Denver Center Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, Center Stage in Baltimore, StageWest in Springfield, Mass., Houston Opera Studio, Skylight Opera Theatre, Texas Opera Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Craig Lucas's award-winning Reckless). She designed more than 50 productions for Milwaukee Repertory Theater during her 14 years with the company. Fleming received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her designs for the Dr. Seuss inspired A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Westwood Playhouse. Off-Broadway, she has worked with the Manhattan Class Company and the Womens' Project at American Place Theatre. In the commercial side of the industry, she is the associate costume designer for The Phantom of the Opera, currently mounting the show in Stockholm.

  • KEN WAISSMAN

    is one of only two producers in the history of Broadway to have a musical run over 3000 performances and a play run over 1000. (The other producer he shares this distinction with is the legendary David Merrick.) Waissman developed and produced the original Broadway production of Grease as well as two of Broadway’s longest running plays, Agnes of God by John Pielmeier and Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein.Waissman's first Broadway credit was the 1971 Paul Zindel play And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little with Estelle Parsons and Julie Harris, and his prolific Broadway efforts have resulted in four motion picture features, a PBS TV special, 25 Tony Award® nominations, and 5 Tony Awards® including a Tony Award® as ‘Best Play Producer.’ His new musical, Josephine, inspired by Josephine Baker, had its World Premiere in April at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Deborah Cox played the title role and Joey McKneely directed and choreographed.

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