TRU VOICES – Play Details and History

"Just wanted to give you an update on the California premiere of American Whup-Ass, which is going great guns. Thanks again for all your great work; the TRU reading really helped refine the script and point up some things that I polished in the rehearsals for this production."~Justin Warner, writer (American Whup-Ass, TRU Voices '08)

"I want to thank you so much for the opportunity to have my play read in the TRU  Voices Series. It was great to have the chance to work with [my producer] and to gain some exposure  for the script. The panel was very informative and helpful, and I  am very grateful for their input.  It was a very valuable experience in many, many ways."
~Elaine Smith (Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us, TRU Voices '10)

 

2017 Play submissions closed. We will open for musical submissions in June, plays again in October. To view the 2017 play application, click this link: prs17application-rev2. 

Click here for 2017 submission guidelines 

Click here for a complete history of TRU Voices Plays

Click here for suggestions when writing (and submitting) a play 

You may also be interested in our Practical Playwriting seminar or our other writer resources. Click here for more information

"Just wanted to pass on my heartfelt thanks to you and the rest of the TRU team for the opportunity to take part in the TRU Voices series. The entire experience has been a wonderful learning experience, and has already brought the script much farther along toward a production than any efforts of my own, sitting out there in the wilds of Germany, could probably have ever done. Rest assured I'll be submitting pieces to future competitions."
~ Skot Davis, writer (The Ibsen Follies, TRU Voices '07)

"This was a great experience for me - I learned so much. Thank you guys for having the brains to set up a program that gives newbies a hands-on experience." ~ Toni Hart, producer mentee (Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke?, TRU Voices '09)

 This series made possible with public funds from  New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Thanks also to the generous support of the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens. Plus the Friars National Association Foundation and The Montage Foundation.

THE 2017 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES
19th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers,
followed by our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing

featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.

Reservations required: 212-714-7628, or email us at TRUStaff1@gmail.com
All performances will be at 7pm.

 

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Monday June 12th, 2016
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with J.D. Taylor, Keira Keeley, Amy Rutberg, Robert Gregory
A beautiful Greek island. A tacky hotel. A young married couple at each others throats. It’s kill or be killed in this fantasy of revenge, death and rebirth.
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Dollars & Sense panel featuring Jack DePalma, producer (PopNation, The Band Wagon) former Play Development Director at the Old Globe (The Whipping Man, Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House, Leslie Bricusse’s Sammy, The First Wives Club, Robin and the 7 Hoods), former Creative Director for NAMCO (Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Seussical, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity); Lawrence D. Poster/Asparagus Entertainment - producer (Rags, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging,  Fingers and Toes); Ron Simons, producer (Tony Awards for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy & Bess and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, plus A Streetcar Named Desire; off-Broadway's Turn Me Loos e and Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan); Frank Zuback, producer (Roof of the WorldTaking Leave, American Soldier).


Monday June 19th, 2017

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with Robert Cuccioli and Amy Bodnar
What happens when a Yippie agitator arrives in Buffalo to promote his new book?  Will it just be another appearance at Barnes & Noble or will he rekindle a 30- year-old affair? Moonshadow is a comedy about recognition, resurrection and romance.
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"Dollars & Sense" panel to include Peter Bogyo, general manager (The Trip to Bountiful, Stick Fly, Time Stands Still, The Blonde in the Thunderbird, Voices in the Dark, A Moon for the Misbegotten w/Kevin Spacey, Sly Fox w/Richard Dreyfus, Fortune’s Fool, Madame Melville, The Unexpected Man); Patricia Klausner (Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful, Pippin revival);  Daniel Kuney, Co-President of Jumpstart Entertainment (Rock of AgesFela!Reasons to Be Pretty39 Steps on Broadway, The HomecomingTalk RadioHeathersAltar BoyzDog Sees GodMy Name is Rachel Corrie; Frank Zuback, producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World).


Monday June 26th, 2017

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Tino is a 17 year-old science prodigy from a hard-working, blue-collar family, who dreams, eats and sleeps astronomy. Unexpectedly, his biological father, Raju, an astrophysicist and academic, enters his life, as he and his wife Daya hope that Tino will be a match for a bone marrow transplant for their daughter. The stakes and potential risks of bone marrow donation and racial, cultural and class differences spark conflicts between the two families, and Tino is caught in the middle. His sister's life - and Tino's dream - hangs in the balance.
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"Dollars & Sense" panel to include Bradley Reynolds, producer (It's Only A Play with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, Something Rotten!, Hand To God, Mothers And Sons with Tyne Daly, recent revivals of West Side Story and Ragtime, [title of show]); Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg & literary manager for Disney Theatrical Group (High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast Jr., Camp Rock, Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher Josh Goodman, (Tony award winning producer for Pippin and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, also Rocky and Come From Away); Frank Zuback, producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World).


THE 2016 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES
18th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers,
followed by our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing

featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.

Reservations required: 212-714-7628, or email us at TRUStaff1@gmail.com
All performances will be at 7pm.

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Monday June 13, 2016 
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Monday June 20, 2016
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Monday June 27, 2016
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PREVIOUS SERIES

THE 2015 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!

17th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers,
followed by our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing

featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.

Reservations required: 212-714-7628, or email us at TRUStaff1@gmail.com
All performances will be at 7pm.

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15 Vandam St., New York, NY

MONDAY JUNE 15TH

directed by Brent Buell
with Onyi Okoli, Tyson Hall, Nina Yvette Coleman,
Erick Carter, Torre Reigns, Jada Castillo, Alisha Espinosa

"Dollars and Sense Panel": David Elliott, co-director of Perry Street Theatricals (Dames at Sea, My Life Is a Musical, Bedlam Theatre'sSt. Joan/Hamlet, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree); RK Greene, marketing director for The Directors Company, producer (A Time to Kill, Rocket to the Moon, Peter & the Starcatcher, Room Service, Love Child, Cougar the musical);Patricia Klausner, producer (Pippin, Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly, Trip to Bountiful), managing director Shotgun Productions/Global Arts Initiative; Martin Platt, co-director of Perry Street Theatricals (Dames at Sea, My Life Is a Musical, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree); Daryl Sledge, Mothers Boy LLC (Fried Chicken and Latkes).

MONDAY JUNE 22ND

directed by Eric Tucker

"Dollars and Sense Panel": Georgia Buchanan, managing director of York Theatre Company, formerly with Folksbiene Theatre and NJ Shakespeare, producer (Kat and the Kings, Springhill Singing Disaster, Communicating Doors); David Elliott, co-director of Perry Street Theatricals (Dames at Sea, My Life Is a Musical, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree); RK Greene, marketing director for The Directors Company, producer (A Time to Kill, Rocket to the Moon,Peter & the Starcatcher, Room Service, Love Child, Cougar the musical); Jeremy Handelman, producer (On the Town, White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Martin Platt, co-director of Perry Street Theatricals (Dames at Sea, My Life Is a Musical, Bedlam Theatre'sSt. Joan/Hamlet, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree).

MONDAY JUNE 29TH

directed by Melissa Maxwell

with Patricia Randell, Melissa Hurst, Mark Finley, 
Les J. N. Mau, Brad Bellamy, Lawrence Cantor

"Dollars and Sense Panel": Pat Addiss (Gigi, A Christmas Story, Dinner with the Boys, Buyer and Cellar, Promises Promises, Little Women); Michael Alden, producer (Disgraced, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Grey Gardens, The King's Speech on stage, Bat Boy); David Elliott, co-director of Perry Street Theatricals (Dames at Sea, My Life Is a Musical, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree); Jeremy Handelman, producer (On the Town, White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything).

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THE 2014 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!
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.

Reservations required: 212/714-7628, or email us at TRUStaff1@gmail.com
All performances will be at 7pm.
Engelman Recital Hall

55 Lexington Avenue
(entrance on 25th Street)

MONDAY JUNE 9TH
"Dollars and Sense Panel": Patrick Blake, producer (Bedlam Theater’s Hamlet/St. Joan, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Jeremy Handelman, producer (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Angie Kristic, artistic director/producer of KBO Productions.

MONDAY JUNE 16TH
"Dollars and Sense Panel": Patrick Blake, producer (Bedlam Theater’s Hamlet/St. Joan, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor, producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); David Elliott, co-director of Perry Street Theatricals (Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree); Sharon Fallon, general manager, producer (Beautiful, Lysistrata Jones, I’m Not Rappaport); Elysabeth Kleinhans, artistic director of 59e59, Animated Theaterworks.

MONDAY JUNE 23RD
"Dollars and Sense Panel": Patrick Blake, producer (Bedlam Theater’s Hamlet/St. Joan, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor, producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); R.K. Greene, producer (Peter and the Starcatcher, Room Service, Love Child); 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).


THE 2013 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!
15th 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.

MONDAY JUNE 10TH
The Forgetting Curve

Associate producer Kimberly Eaton
Directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson

"Dollars and Sense" talkback panel with Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Matilda, Lucky Guy, Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, Merchant of Venice, Evita, Wedding Singer); Carl D. White, Martian Entertainment, Tony Award-winning Producer & General Manager (The Normal Heart, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway, [title of show], Potted Potter, BARE the musical, Naked Boys Singing!, Altar Boys, Immediate Family). Moderated by Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up).


 MONDAY JUNE 17TH
Mom's Gift
Directed by Linda S Nelson
with Richard Bekins, Jenny Maguire, Julia Silverman,
Matthew Trumbull, Nicola Riske, Andrea Gallo and Nora Hummel

"Dollars and Sense" talkback panel with Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Peter Bogyo, general manager (The Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, Stick Fly, Time Stands Still, The Blonde in the Thunderbird, Voices in the Dark, A Moon for the Misbegotten w/Kevin Spacey, Sly Foxw/Richard Dreyfus, Fortune’s Fool, Madame Melville, The Unexpected Man); R.K. Greene, producer (Peter and the Starcatcher, Room Service, Love Child); Angie Kristic, Artistic Director/Producer of KBO Productions.; Lorca Peress, artistic director MultiStages; Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (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).


MONDAY JUNE 24TH
A Question of Words
Directed by Eric Parness
with Callie Frisell, Charlotte Hampden, Chris Ceraso,
Brad Makarowski, Keelie Sheridan, Mark Peter

"Dollars and Sense" talkback panel with R. Erin Craig, producer/general manager / producer La Vie Productions (Heartbreaker, In the Heights, Fingers and Toes, Stalking the Bogeyman, Academy, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, (Still) Getting My Act Together, High Fidelity, Liberty: A New Musical, The Jazz Age, Love! That 4-Letter Word);Ben Feldman, entertainment attorney (partner at BFGRS, PLLC), producer (Pippin); Patricia Klausner, managing director Shotgun Productions (The Chaos Theories, The Lost Boy), producer (Pippin, The Trip to Bountiful, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly); Marie Reynolds, Kramis Productions, co-vice president Shakespeare on the Sound.

Reservations required: 212/714-7628, or email back to us at TRUStaff1@gmail.com
All performances will be at 7pm.
Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street


THE 2012 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!
14th 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.
The Roy Arias Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 5th floor.

MONDAY JUNE 4TH

directed by David Lee
with Darren Ritchie • Melissa Van der Schyff • Claybourne Elder
Joanna Howard • Rebecca Fisher

"Dollars and Sense" talkback featuring Pat Addiss, producer (Promises, Promises, Little Women, A Christmas Story the musical); Georgia Buchanan, producer/general manager (Communicating Doors, Kat and the Kings) and general manager of Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre; Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, Merchant of Venice, Evita, Wedding Singer); Van Dean of the Broadway Consortium (The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Evita, Bonnie & Clyde, Ching-lish); Kent Nicholson, Director of Musical Theatre, Literary Associate Playwrights Horizons.


MONDAY JUNE 11TH

directed by Frank Licato

with Sean Patrick Reilly • Mark Byrne • Doug Shearer

"Dollars and Sense" talkback featuring Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, Merchant of Venice, Evita, Wedding Singer); Patricia Klausner, producing artistic director Shotgun Productions (The Chaos Theories, The Lost Boy), producer (The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly); Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, All Shook Up, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Ric Wanetik, producer (Marlene, Jolson & Company, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, television: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show).


MONDAY JUNE 18TH

directed by Sue Lawless

with Edna Lee FigueroaNichole DonjèChiara MontaltoAlexander Stine

"Dollars and Sense" talkback featuring Georgia Buchanan, producer/general manager (Communicating Doors, Kat and the Kings) and general manager of Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre; Erin Craig, Erin Craig / La Vie Productions LLC, producer / general manager (Liberty A Monumental New Musical, Academy, Psycho Therapy, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, The Sphinx Winx, The Jazz Age); Dani Davis, half pint productions (Little Women, Lonesome West); Pam Koslow, producer (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Yank!); others tba.


THE 2011 TRU VOICES
NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!

13th 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.

Reservations required: 212/714-7628, or email back to us at ChrisM@truonline.org.
All performances will be at 7pm.

The Roy Arias Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 5th floor.

MONDAY JUNE 13TH

starring
JAMES NAUGHTON,
TOVAH FELDSHUH,
PETER JOHNSON
 
 

"Dollars and Sense" panel (Left to right): TRU president Bob Ost; Patrick Blake, producer (Play Dead!, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Noah's Archive, Joe Fearless); Pam Koslow, producer (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Yank!); director Linda Selman; Michael Alden, producer (Grey Gardens the musical, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy; upcoming The King's Speech); Michael Bias, artistic/producing director The Garage Theatre Group; Ricky Stevens, general manager and producer (Radio Golf, Glory Days, A Catered Affair, Empire the musical). Missing from shot: R. Erin Craig, general manager/producer with La Vie Productions (Liberty the musical, The Sphinx Wins, Above Hell's Kitchen, Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party).
 

MONDAY JUNE 20TH

with Peter Reznikoff (Irena's Vow), Stu Richel,
Grant James Varjas
, Janet Zarish

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring Pat Addiss, (Promises, Promises, Passing Strange, Spring Awakening, Little Women, 39 Steps, Housewives of Mannheim); Peter Bogyo, general manager with the Sprecher Organization (A Moon for the Misbegotten w/Kevin Spacey, Sly Fox w/Richard Dreyfus, Fortune’s Fool, Madame Melville, The Unexpected Man, The Joys of Sex); Elliot Fox, managing director Primary Stages; Patricia Klausner, producer (The Scottsboro Boys, Chaos Theories), artistic director of Shotgun Productions; Pam Koslow, producer (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Yank!).

MONDAY JUNE 27TH

starring Karen Quinn-Panzer, Larry Schneider, Jim Petrillo,
Frank Panzer, Jim Ormond
and Richard Zane Ross

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring Georgia Buchanan, producer/general manager (Communicating Doors, Kat and the Kings) and general manager of Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre; RK Greene, producer, The Storyline Project (Room Service, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Love Child, The Other Side of Newark); Ken Waissman, producer (Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God); Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer  (Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Exonerated, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty).


 

THE 2010 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!
12th 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.

MONDAY JUNE 7TH

Directed by Kim Weild

with Jana Robbins, Kate Skinner, Michel Gill, David Van Pelt

"Dollars & Sense" panel featuring Tom Smedes (Next Fall, Naked Boys Singing, Ace the Musical, Musical of Musicals); Jack Thomas, Bulldog Productions (Desire Under the Elms, Life Science, Almost, Maine); Lauren Yates, associate general manager Martian Entertainment, company manager (Glory Days, Riverdance, Play On! The Scarlet Pimpernel, Forever Tango).

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MONDAY JUNE 14TH

directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser

with Angelica Torn, Rita Gardner, Tim Ruddy, Helen Stern, JJ Reap,
Gene Gillette, Sean Marrinan, Amanda Mantovani
and Brian Richardson

"Dollars & Sense" panel featuring (left to right) Leni associate producer Gina DeMayo; Alexa Kelly of Pulse Ensemble Theatre;  Laura Heller, General Manager Group (Enchanted April, Xanadu, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, long running Off-Broadway hitsStomp, Forbidden Broadway, Beau Jest); Kilberg Reedy, associate producer (Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home - Tony nomination Best Special Theatrical Event; Langston Hughes's Little Ham; Toxic Audio - Drama Desk Award for Best Special Theatrical Event; Richard Dresser's Rounding Third; upcoming The Pee-Wee Herman Show); Ken Waissman, producer (Grease, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Over Here, Torch Song Trilogy); Leni producer Sherry Eaker;Richard Winkler, producer (La Cage Aux Follescurrent revivial, The Norman Conquests, Memphis, Lend Me a Tenor current revival); Bob Ost.

*****
MONDAY JUNE 21ST

directed by SuzAnne Barabas
featuring Theo Allyn    Brian Carter    Shauna Goodgold    Alex Krasser   Desiree Maumus   
Marilyn Sokol   Corey Tazmania     Phoenix Vaughn
   

"Dollars & Sense" panel featuring Gabe Barabas, executive producer NJ Repertory; Peter Bogyo, general manager with the Sprecher Organization (A Moon for the Misbegotten w/Kevin Spacey, Sly Fox w/Richard Dreyfus, Fortune’s Fool, Madame Melville, The Unexpected Man, The Joys of Sex); Pam Koslow (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Yank!); Vasi Laurence, producer (Passing Strange, Housewives of Mannheim, Masked, How the Grinch Stole Christmas); Matt Schicker of East of Doheny (Grey Gardens, The Full Monty, night, mother).

 
This series made possible with public funds from  New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Thanks also to the generous support of the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens. Plus the Friars National Association Foundation and The Montage Foundation.
 

THE 2009 TRU VOICES
NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!

11th 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. All performances will be at 7pm. The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.
 

Monday June 1st:
Marc L. Bailin and Holson Productions
in association with Toni Hart present

Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke?

a romantic comedy by Amy Holson-Schwartz
Directed by Jay Falzone

Dollars & Sense panel featuring Seth Goldstein, producer and general manager with the Splinter Group (Masked, Christine Jorgenson Revealed); Hugh Hysell of HHC Marketing (Impressionism, Jersey Boys, 39 Steps, Irena’s Vow, Rooms); Scott Newsome, Brierpatch Productions, general manager (Frog Kiss, Wallenberg, Rest in Pieces, Glimpses of the Moon, My Mother's Italian My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy, Shout the Mod Musical, I Love You Because, Once Around the Sun, Harmony, Menopause the Musical); Carol Ostrow, producer (Beau Jest, After Play, Berlin to Broadway); Lawrence S. Topall, Mazel Musicals Inc. (New York and Florida Production Company specializing in touring, producing and presenting Jewish themed theatrical and concert presentations, including On Second Avenue, The Golden Land, Yiddle With A Fiddle, Those Were The Days), producer (The Gathering, Say Goodnight Gracie)


Photos by Ellis Gaaskell

 

Monday June 15th:
Lisa Dozier in association with Elaine Smith presents
The Unbleached American

by Michael Aman
Directed by Michael Bush
Featuring Nancy Anderson* and Jerry Dixon*

Dollars & Sense panel featuring Jane Bergere, producer (13, Curtains, Caroline or Change, All My Sons, Is He Dead?); Katrina Chandra, agency coordinator Playmarket, New Zealand; Tiffani Gavin, Theatrical Rights Worldwide licensing company; Greg Schaffert, general manager 321 Management (Hank Williams: Lost Highway; The Prince and the Pauper), producer (All Shook Up, Striking 12, ACE, Three Musketeers, Bat Boy); Donna Trinkoff, producing director Amas Musical Theatre; Lauren Yates, associate general manager Martian Entertainment, company manager (Glory Days, Riverdance, Play On! The Scarlet Pimpernel, Forever Tango)

 


 

Monday June 22nd:
Double Play Connections and Lary Brandt present
Always, Always Not

a provocative new drama by Skot Davis
directed by Sam Gold
Featuring Cara Greene* and Robert Eli*

Dollars & Sense panel featuring Elysabeth Kleinhans, 59E59 Theaters and Animated Theaterworks; Janet Pailet, P2 Creations (Groundswell, Passing Strange, Grinch, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Masked); Jack Thomas, Bulldog Productions (Desire Under the Elms, Life Science, Almost, Maine); Cheryl Wiesenfeld(Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Exonerated, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty); Orin Wolf, Off-Broadway Booking, producer (Groundswell, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, I Love a Piano tour). Curious about the show? Go towww.AlwaysAlwaysNot.com!


THE 2008 TRU VOICES
NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!

Tenth 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. Reservations required: 212/714-7628. All performances will be at 7pm. The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.

 

American Whup-Ass
presented by M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc.
& Danielle Johnson
Directed by Nancy Robillard

A pugilistic Senate campaign might just end in an actual wrestling match. Hurrah for the red white and bruised!

with Victor Barbella, Bernardo Cubria, Bill Fairbairn, Ben Masur, Chelsea O'Connor, Frank Tangredi & Jeff Wills

Film Chinois
presented by Charles L. Johanson, Jack W. Batman
and Grove Theater Center - www.gtc.org
Directed by Kevin Cochran

Red threat. Yellow fever. Film Noir.

with Eric Martin Brown, Catherine Haena Kim, Jake Manabat, Elizabeth Pan, Peter Reznikoff

A Crooked Man
presented by Nora Armani and Pemart Productions -www.pemart.org
Directed by Linda Selman
A young man is confronted by his grandfather's notorious past – unexpectedly – on a rooftop.

with Ed Setrakian, Todd D'Amour, Lorraine Serabian, Sal Mistretta, Alfredo Narciso and Peter Johnson

OUR "DOLLARS AND SENSE" PANELISTS:

June 2, American Whupass: Pat Addiss (Spring Awakening, 39 Steps, Passing Strange, Bridge & Tunnel, Little Women); Georgia Buchanan, managing director National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, formerly with The Women's Project and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.;Amy Danis of Mars Theatricals (Little Shop of Horrors revival, Swing!, Bug, Cookin', Tabletop); Ken Davenport, producer (Altar Boys, Awesome 80's Prom, Somewhere in Time), general manager (Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jekyll & Hyde); Dani Davis, half pint production (Little Women, Lonesome West); Janet Pailet of P2 Creations (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Masked).

June 9, Film Chinois: David Black, producer (George M!, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum with Phil Silvers, The Aspern Papers, Ready When You Are C.B! with Julie Harris, The Impossible Years); Elysabeth Kleinhans, Animated Theaterworks, 59E59 Theatres; Pam Koslow (Jane Eyre, Jelly's Last Jam, Captain Louie); Tom Smedes, producer (Ace The Musical), formerly of Martian Enetrtainment (Naked Boys Singing, Love Janis); Jack Thomas, producer Bulldog Theatrical (Boublil & Schonberg & Legrand's new musical Marguerite, Almost, Maine, No Way to Treat a Lady, Our Lady of 121st Street), formerly with the Shubert Organization.

June 16, A Crooked Man: Gabor Barabas, executive producer New Jersey Repertory; David Black, producer (George M!, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum with Phil Silvers, The Aspern Papers, Ready When You Are C.B! with Julie Harris, The Impossible Years); Charles Johanson, executive director Grove Theater Center, LA; Lorca Peress, artistic director MultiStages (The Judas Tree, Day of Reckoning); Ricky L. Stevens, producer/general manager (Glory Days, A Catered Affair, Radio Golf); Eric Ting, associate artistic director Long Wharf Theatre; Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Exonerated, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty).

All performances at The Players Theater (mainstage),
115 MacDougal Street (south of west 3rd Street)
 


THE 2007 TRU VOICES
NEW PLAYS READING SERIES!

Ninth 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. All performances will be at 7pm.

Monday 6/4:
To Barcelona!

by Michael Niederman,
produced by Sarah Melissa Rotker.

The true story of one man's decision to fight in the Spanish Civil War.
"Live free or die ... hey, are those the only options?"

Directed by Elyzabeth Gorman,
with Dan Diggles, Dana Watkins, Liz Wisan, Adam Arian, Johnny Lin and Alexander Sovronsky.

"Dollars and Sense" panel to include: Ken Davenport, producer (Altar Boys, Awesome 80's Prom, Somewhere in Time), general manager (Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jekyll & Hyde); Valentina Fratti, director, former artistic director of the Miranda Theater Company, commercial producer (The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Buried Child); Jan Hacha, Amas Musical Theatre; Ludovica Villar-Hauser, director/producer (The Countess, Duet, Pitchfork Disney).

 

Monday 6/11:
The Jesus Hickey

by Luke Yankee,
produced by Jack W. Batman & Jaye Maynard


Playwright Luke Yankee; cast members Liz Morton, Merle Louise, Sean Dugan, Barbara Dana, Matthew Arkin, Todd Conner, Malachy Court; director Casey Childs.

Directed by Casey Childs,
starring Matthew Arkin, Todd Conner, Sean Dugan, Merle Louise, Malachy McCourt, Liz Morton andBarbara Dana.

An Irish comedy about religious fanaticism and the unwanted fame that comes to a young lady after a kissing incident.


"Dollars and Sense" panel: co-producers Jaye Maynard & Jack W. Batman; director Casey Childs; Tara Schoen Fishman, Off-Broadway Booking; Pat Addiss, producer (Spring Awakening, Little Women, Bridge & Tunnel); R Erin Craig, general manager / producer La Vie Productions (In the Heights, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, High Fidelity, Captain Louie); Pam Koslow, producer (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Captain Louie); Jennifer Manocherian, producer (Adrift in Macao, Jayson with a Y, Caroline or Change, Stomp).

 

Monday 6/18:
SPARKS

by Helen Sheehy,
produced by Pat Addiss & Ludovica Villar-Hauser


Above: Stephen Plunkett, Margo Passalaqua, Antionette LaVecchia, Rachel Duvall.


A pious mother and her doubting daughter wage battle while another watches, refusing to interfere until it is too late.

Directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser,
with Antoinette LaVecchia, Margo Passalaqua,Stephen Plunkett

All photos by Ellis Gaskell.


"Dollars and Sense" panel: Bob; director Ludovica Villar-Hauser; producer Pat Addiss; Eric Krebs, producer/ general manager (Broadway: Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, Electra; off-B'way: Bash, This Is Our Youth, Little Ham); Ricky L. Stevens, producer/general manager (over 110 productions around the country, and NYC; Radio Golf); Dan Markley(High Fidelity, Damn Yankees revival, Stomp, Vagina Monologues, Shockheaded Peter); Elysabeth Kleinhans, 59E59, artistic director Animated Theaterworks; Martin Platt, Perry Street Theater. Missing: Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, Caroline or Change, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde).

 

Monday 6/25:
The Ibsen Follies

by Skot Davis,
produced by RK Greene and
The StoryLine Project LLC.

Directed by Sonia Gluckman,
with Evan Buxbaum, Dan Diggles,
Heather Massie, Mort Milder,
Michelle Ramoni, Jackie Reinking,
Patrick Turner, Susan Wands

"Dollars and Sense" panel: Peter Bogyo, general manager with the Sprecher Organization (A Moon for the Misbegotten w/Kevin Spacey, Sly Fox w/Richard Dreyfus, Fortune’s Fool, Madame Melville, The Unexpected Man, The Joys of Sex); James Morgan, artistic director York Theatre Company; Janet Pailet, P2 Creations, producer (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Great American Trailer Park Musical); Michael Parva, artistic director The Directors Company; Jack Thomas, producer Bulldog Theatrical (Almost, Maine, No Way to Treat a Lady, Our Lady of 121st Street), formerly with the Shubert Organization; Orin Wolf, Off-Broadway Booking.

Ibsen is spinning in his grave!
Caught in a romantic farce - where two young lovers seek escape
from the gloom of Norwegian literary history -
Ibsen squares off against his arch rival Bjornson… and only the lovers win!

The Players Theater (mainstage; except To Barcelona! is in the Loft), 115 MacDougal Street (south of 3rd Street)


This series made possible with public funds from  New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Thanks also to the generous support of the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens. Plus the Friars National Association Foundation and The Montage Foundation.

CLICK HERE for TRU Voices Plays and Musicals prior to 2004

 


COMPLETE LIST OF TRU PLAYS

Plays 2017

Catharsis
by Mayo Simon
Produced by Filmus Inc./Ben Goldstein in association with Yoni Vendriger

Moonshadow
by Bryan D. Leys
Produced by Tweiss Productions

Radio Galaxy
by Michele Aldin Kushner
Produced by Jeanette Bonner, Jessica McCoy & Melissa Nally

Plays 2016

The Assignment
by Camilo Almonacid
Produced by Jane Dubin and Houses on the Moon Theater Company

Veils of Justice
by T. Anntares
Produced by Connie Winston and Frank Zuback

Mermen
by T. Cat Ford
Produced by RK Greene and The StoryLine Project 

Plays 2015

Echoes of Octavia
by Michelle T. Johnson
Produced by Patrick Blake

The Hummingbirds
by Garret Jon Groenveld
Produced by Molly Morris & Patrick Blake

Searchers.net
by T. Cat Ford
Produced by Cate Cammarata

Plays 2014

Good to Go
by Craig Garcia
Produced by Tim O'Brien

The Empty Nesters
by Garret Jon Groenveld
Produced by Molly Morris

Vacancies
by Jonathan Ehrlich
Produced by Dolly Williams & Kevin Lambert

Plays 2013

The Forgetting Curve
by Vanda
Produced by Paul Adams/Emerging Artists Theater

Mom's Gift
by Phil Olson
Produced by Tim Errickson

A Question of Words
by Richard Manley
Produced by Rachel Reiner Productions

Plays 2012

Foreclosure
by Vincent Delaney
Produced by Mondays Dark Productions & Kenny Howard

Appendage
by Derek Murphy
Produced by Tweiss Productions (Sharon Weiss & Eileen B Weiss)

The Sin Eater
by Michael Bettencourt
Produced by Block & Tackle Productions/Elfin Frederick Vogel

Plays 2011

Testosterone
by Hal Ackerman
Produced by Me & You Productions in association with Massimine/Roytman/Presentations

Quietus
by Richard Manley
Produced by Rachel Reiner Productions in association with Kramis Productions

 

A Private Audience
by Zan Skolnick
Produced by M&M Productions Acting Company

Plays 2010

Angels and Ministers of Grace
Defend Us

by Elaine Smith
Produced by Meredith Lucio/Wild Bird Productions

Leni
by Pam Tate
Produced by Sherry Eaker

Cheese
by Laurel Ollstein
Produced by Pat Addiss  

Plays 2009

Can I Really Date a Guy Who
Wears a Yarmulke?
by Amy Holson-Schwartz
Produced by Marc L. Bailin and Holson Productions

The Unbleached American
by Michael Aman
Produced by Lisa Dozier in assoc. with
Elaine Smith

Always, Always Not
by Skot Davis
Produced by Double Play
Connections & Lary Brandt

Plays 2008

American Whup-ass
by Justin Warner
Produced by Melinda O’Brien/
M&M Acting Co.

Film Chinois 
by Damon Chua
Produced by Charles Johanson/
Grove Theater Center

A Crooked Man
by Richard Kalinosky
Produced by Nora Armani/PEMART

Plays 2007

To Barcelona
by Michael Niederman
Produced by Sarah Melissa Rotker

The Jesus Hickey
by Luke Yankee
Produced by Jack W. Batman &
Jaye Maynard

Sparks
by Helen Sheehy
Produced by Pat Addiss &
Ludovica Villar-Hauser

The Ibsen Follies
by Skot Davis
Produced by RK Greene

Plays 2006

The Loyalist
by Louis Lippa
Produced by Josef Reiter

Missives
by Garret Groenveld
Produced by Jared Cohen

ain’t really my birthday but i
need a party awful bad
by L.E. McCullough
Produced by RK Greene & The StoryLine Project

Plays 2005

Apocalypso
by William Donnelly
Produced by Greg Schaffert

All My Sins Remembered
by Neal Weaver
Produced by Trish Whitehurst

Where the Rain Never Falls
by Ric Siler
Produced by Duke/Addiss Productions

Pied a Terre
by John Anastasi
Produced by Jared Cohen and Midlife Crisis Productions

Companion Pieces
by Rich Orloff
Produced by RK Greene and The StoryLine Project LLC

Plays 2004

Endurance
by Jennifer Fell Hayes
Produced by Tony Sportiello and Debra Whitfield 

Pool Party 
by Rich Orloff 
Produced by John Chatterton

Crazy Money
by Alexander Ostrovsky, translated by Stephen Mulrine
Produced by RK Greene and The StoryLine Project

Plays 2003

Beige
by Desi-Moreno Penson
Produced by Audrey Duncan

Breakfast in the Evil Empire
by Peter Morris
Produced by PenneySeal Productions

Connie Wilde
by Cat Bistransin
Produced by John Chatterton

Motion and Location
by Lorna Littleway
Produced by Lorna Littleway

Taxi to Jannah
by Mark Sickman
Produced by RK Greene and The StoryLine Project LLC

Plays 2002

Breeders
by Bob Ost
Produced by Wildly Productive Productions & Michael Weitz

Damage Control
by Ric Siler
Produced by Michael Yanko

Ismay Sinks
by Donovan Johnson
Produced by Livin Large Productions

Life After Dad
by Phil Olson
Produced by Theatre in a Trunk & RK Greene

Shooting Blanks
by Mitch Poulos
Produced by Stage Right Productions

Plays 2001

A Memory Play
by Bob Stewart
Produced by MoonSoup Productions / Susan Izatt

Cecile & Diana
by Dina Von Zweck
Produced by Alive Process Theatre

Dreams
by Norman Beim
Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Co.

A Ritual of Faith
by Brad Levinson
Produced by Random Arts / Nicole Lerario

Plays 2000

Betterland
by David Lohrey
Produced by ARTGroup

Cleaning Day
by Joseph Wright
Produced by Working Girl Productions/Sammi Gavich

The Meeting
by Ray L’Dera
Produced by Shotgun Productions

Virgin
by Dina Von Zweck
Produced by Cosmic Leopard Productions/Emma Palzere