Event Details
  • June 13, 2016
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Assignment – Reading

by Camilo Almonacid
directed by Emily Joy Weiner
With Erick Betancourt, Karen Kandel** and Ian Eaton**

** actors appearing courtesy of Actors; Equity Association

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 and general managers.

"Dollars and Sense" panel to include:

  • 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;
  • R Erin Craig, producer (Stalking the Bogeyman; Liberty A Monumental New Musical; Mr Rickey Calls A Meeting; 26 Pebbles; Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice);
  • Van Dean, producer (The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Cinderella, The Velocity of Autumn, Matilda,  revivals of Evita, The Best Man);
  • Ric Wanetik, producer (Marlene, Jolson & Company, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, television: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show);
  • Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (All the Way, Rocky, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Exonerated, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty).
Panelists
  • VAN DEAN

    is a Tony® Award winning and Grammy® nominated producer. His credits include The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Tony® Award), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony® nomination), Matilda (Tony® nomination), Evita (Tony® nomination), Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Tony® nomination), Catch Me If You Can (Tony® nomination), The Velocity of AutumnBig FishBonnie & Clyde  and Chinglish. and the forthcoming new musical Anastasia and the recent off-Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He was also a producer of Master Class with Tyne Daly in London’s West End. Van is co-founder of The Broadway Consortium and Broadway Records. He co-produced Broadway For Orlando’s What The World Needs Now Is Love to raise funds for the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, as well as From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook and From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando.  Broadway Records has released more than 75 albums including the soundtracks for NBC's TV events The Wiz LIVE! and Peter Pan LIVE! and cast albums for shows such as Matilda (Grammy® nominated), The Color Purple revival with Jennifer Hudson, Fiddler on the Roof with Danny Burstein, Disaster!, Allegiance,  Side ShowThe VisitDoctor Zhivago and more; and he has executive produced solos albums from many notable Broadway artists. He was a lead producer of Off-Broadway’s ROOMS a rock romance (Outer Critics Circle and Helen Hayes Award nominations) as well as Saint Heaven and Alive In The World and was co-producer/production consultant of the Newtown, CT productions of Seussical The Musical, A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Liberty SmithThe Lion King Jr, The School of Rock: Youth Production and The Wizard of Oz. A member of The Broadway League, the Dramatist Guild, TRU; Chairman of the Theater Arts Committee of New Arts which is dedicated to healing through the arts and building a new performing arts center in Newtown, CT. www.BroadwayRecords.com

  • 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.

  • RIC WANETIK

    President of Ricochet Group LLC, a strategic planning and communications advisory.  Known for his onboarding of leadership at major theaters here and in England, Ric is a frequent advisor to several regional theaters and is an active producer, investor and production supervisor.   He is the Senior Advisor for America to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), currently represented on Broadway with Matilda the Musical.  He is also the President of RSC America, a US entity supporting the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company here and around the world.  An investor in over 35 Broadway and Off- Broadway productions, Ric was the lead producer and Tony nominated for Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight Los Angeles: 1992. In 1999, he was the lead producer for Broadway’s Marlene, and was the sole producer of Off-Broadway’s Jolson and Company.  For eight years Ric was the supervising producer for the Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show on CBS-TV and has produced several TV Specials for cable, PBS and universities.  He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on theatre management and marketing. 

  • CHERYL WIESENFELD

    Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, Rocky, All the Way (Tony Award), Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Tony Award), The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess (Tony Award); A Steady Rain; Legally Blonde; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Caroline, or Change; ‘night, Mother; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (Tony Award). Off-Broadway: Play Dead; In the Continuum; Shockheaded Peter; The Exonerated; Talking Heads; The Waverly Gallery. Ms. Wiesenfeld was the recipient of Theater Resources Unlimited's 2007 "Spirit of Theater" Award for her ongoing generosity to young producers in the New York community, as well as her selfless support of the work that TRU does. She is one of the founders of the TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program, and to date has mentored dozens of aspirants, including guiding one production to win four Audelco Awards, and helping another production find success in regional theaters. Cheryl is a proud board member of TRU.

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