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TRU Love Benefit: 
Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams
Honoring James Morgan and Haley Swindal
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the 2019 TRU Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams, on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 12 noon at Caroline's on Broadway, 1626 Broadway (between 49th & 50th Streets). Tickets start at $85 (show only, and two drinks). For additional information and ticket tier pricing, please visit https://truonline.org/events/2019-tru-love-benefit/.

Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams will honor James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company, and recipient of the TRU Spirit of Theater Award; and performer and producer Haley Swindal, recipient of the TRU Entrepreneur Award. The benefit starts with cocktails, followed by luncheon, a live auction and performances celebrating these honorees who have enriched the theater community as artists who help artists. A live auction will include Yankee Legends Suite baseball tickets, and a seven night, eight day Uniworld European River Cruise for two including transfers and shore excursions. Performances and award ceremony will be directed by Will Nunziata with music direction by Tracy Stark.
 
What is 'TRU Love'? In 2001, TRU created the Spirit of Theater Award to recognize members of the theater producing community who have shown exceptional generosity of spirit, helping TRU itself and also giving opportunities to up-and-coming members of the theater community, with a special focus on aspiring producers. The TRU Entrepreneur Award was created in 2010 to acknowledge and encourage self-producing artists; the intention has broadened to recognize the initiative of a range of successful producing artist members of the community.
 
In the words of Bob Ost, president of TRU, "We are giving our 2019 "TRU Spirit of Theater Award" to passionate musical theater enthusiast James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of the York Theatre Company for 22 selfless years, and a guiding force of the company for 45 years. He led The York into its unique dual mission of producing and developing new musicals as well as rediscovering significant works from our musical theater history, and has helped assure the future of musical theater by nurturing new writers through York's Developmental Reading Series, NEO (new/ emerging/ outstanding) concerts, and other programs. We salute his positive spirit and genuine love of this singular art form, as well as his own great artistic gifts as a scenic and graphic designer and occasional director." 

Ost continues, "Our 2019 TRU Entrepreneur Award goes to artist and producer Haley Swindal, for successfully balancing her career as a theater, film and concert performer with a passion for producing. Haley has spent the last year starring as Mama Morton in Chicago on Broadway and giving concerts while simultaneously producing two shows in London. She is upbeat, generous and business savvy, with a creative flair and warmth that infuses everything she does, a multi-faceted Renaissance woman and an inspiration. And she has generously given her time and insights to members of TRU's producer development program."
 
Will Nunziata (director)is a New York City based theatre and concert director. The concert director for Platinum recording artist Jackie Evancho, Tony Award winner Lillias White, Broadway's Haley Swindal, and Soul Train Award winner Nicole Henry, Will is also developing a slew of new plays and musicals with writers and composers in New York City, London, and Los Angeles. He recently conceived and directed the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway theatre revue Our Guy, Cy: The Songs of Cy Coleman starring four Tony Award winners who all worked with the late-great composer Cy Coleman - Lillias White, Cady Huffman, Randy Graff, and Judy Kaye. A few years ago, Will directed a revised version of the Kander & Ebb musical The Act starring Julia Murney, Randy Graff, Cady Huffman, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Parris, Karen Mason, Stacie Bono, and more. This past year Will collaborated with Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and wrote and directed a one-woman musical about Peggy Lee. A graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in Theatre, he is also a professional singer and entertainer who recently headlined Carnegie Hall with the NY POPS alongside his twin brother, Anthony. Will is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). He is repped by Paradigm.
 
Pianist/Arranger/Conductor/Singer Songwriter, Tracy Stark is an 11-Time MAC Award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), in the categories of Music Director, Piano Bar Entertainer, and Song of the Year.  She is also a Bistro Award winner for Musical Direction and has won Cabaret Hotline's Songwriter of the Year Award. Tracy has worked with Sarah Dash (Labelle), Randy Jones (Village People), Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Barb Jungr, Brenda Braxton, Eric Millegan (Bones), Tonya Pinkins, Nathan Lee Graham, and hundreds of other rock, jazz, and broadway vocalists.   She stays busy creating and music directing 75-100 different shows per year and has 3 CD's of original music in her catalogue. She has conducted, played, and sung at all the finest and the sleaziest venues all over the world. She has played/conducted on numerous television shows, including The Today Show. Her songs are included on at least 20 different compilations and have been winning accolades in songwriting competitions for the past 2 decades. Her 3rd CD of original music, "Shades of Beautiful," was released on the Miranda Music label, exquisitely produced by Richard Barone, with world class vocalists, including Lillias White, Nona Hendryx, Ann Hampton Callaway, Lesley Gore, Jane Monheit, Janis Siegel, Karen Black, Barb Jungr, and other great artists.
 
The Benefit Producing Committee includes chair Cheryl Davis, producers Merrie L. Davis and Sandford Silver, York associate producing director Amber Wallace, and TRU board members Bob Ost, producer Cody Lassenand Courtney Sweeting.
The illustrious committee assembled to support these beloved honorees includes Pat Flicker Addiss, producer (Tony winner for Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Desperate Measures, A Christmas Story, Promises Promises, Spring Awakening); Catherine Adler, producer (Tootsie, Tony winner for Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, A Gentleman's Guide..., Skylightrevival, Angels in America revival, The Ferryman); Nancy Anderson, actress (Broadway: A Class Act, revival of Wonderful Town; York Theatre: Fanny Hill, Jolson & Co., Yank!); Mary Cossette, producer (Broadway: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Bonnie & Clyde; off-Broadway: Desperate Measures, Nevermore); Jamie deRoy, cabaret legend, producer (Tony winner for The Norman Conquests, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, A Gentleman's Guide...,  Angels in America, Once on This Island, The Band's Visit, The Ferryman; currently: The Inheritance, Slave Play, Tina, The Great Society, Beetlejuice, Tootsie, Ain't Too Proud, To Kill a Mockingbird); William Franzblau, producer (Rocktopia, Tony Nominated Best Play Say Goodnight Gracie, American Buffalo and Wonderland on Broadway; off-Broadway This One's for the Girls, Sistas, Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical); Evans Haile, music director-conductor, producer, Executive Director of the York Theatre Company; Pamela Hunt, director (Musical of Musicals at the York, Outer Critics Circle winner Carnival at the York); Riki Kane Larimer, lead producer (Cagney the musical in New York, LA and Salt Lake City), co-producer (On the Town, Gigi on Broadway; Bright Colors, Bold Patterns, Georgie off- Broadway; Enter Laughing at The York), York Board Member; Jim Kierstead, producer (Hadestown, The Inheritance, Ain't Too Proud, Tony awards for Kinky Boots and Pippin revival, Yank!, Thrill Me - the Leopold and Loeb Story); Richard Maltby Jr.,Tony winning director (Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse), lyricist (Starting Here, Starting Now, Closer Than Ever, Baby, Big, Miss Saigon); Gerry McIntyre, actor (Once on This Island, The Audience,  Anything Goes, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), director-choreographer (Hallelujah Baby at the York, Spamilton); W. David McCoy, Chairman of the Board of The York Theatre Company; Charlotte Moore, artistic director/co-founder Irish Repertory Theater; Jana Robbins, actress (Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Gypsy), producer (Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, Company in London and Broadway, Ragtime revival, Little Women); Dominique Sharpton, producer, actor and activist; Joan Ross Sorkin, playwright, librettist, lyricist, President of the Board of the York Theatre; Elisa Loti Stein, actress, York Board Member; Jack Tantleff, Head of Theatre Literary and Content Department, Paradigm Talent Agency; Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (The Great Society, Ain't Too Proud, Tony winner for Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, All the Way); Stuart Wilk, producer (Yank! at the York, Meet Me in St. Louis at Irish Rep); and Charles Wright, writer & editor, Co-President of The Drama Desk. 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.
 
TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition.
 
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.
 
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

TRU Love 25th Anniversary Benefit  | Open: 11/05/17 Close: 11/05/17
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)'s 25th Anniversary Benefit will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017 beginning at noon at Caroline's on Broadway, 1626 Broadway (between 49th and 50th Streets), NYC.  Pre-show cocktails start at noon followed by a 3-course luncheon at 1pm and performance and awards at 2pm.  Tickets range from $50 (bar only, and show) to $225 for first tier VIP seats with luncheon. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit https://truonline.org/events/tru-love-2017/.

 

25 Years of TRU Love: Creating Community Through the Arts will honor TRU Spirit of Theater Award recipient, Jana Robbins, producer (Roof of the World, Ragtime revival, I Love You Because, Little Women) and Broadway actress (Gypsy with Tyne Daly, Tale of the Allergist's Wife).

Directed by Jim Brochu, the performance will include a LIVE AUCTION of an eight day seven night UNIWORLD Western European Boutique River Cruise valued up to $10,000, as well as tickets to Hamilton.  Reception will also feature a Silent Auction with prizes that include tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows plus consultations, coachings and more to be announced.

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-blast of jobs, services, resources and theater events. 

 

For inquiries about the event, email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212-714-7628. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-four year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. 

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as actor workshops. 

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislatureand the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district former Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation. 

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.

2013 Tru Love Benefit  | Open: 11/17/13 Close: 11/17/13
InvitationTheater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces a preliminary lineup of star performers, and a luminous array of theater notables including Andre Bishop, Terrence McNally and James Naughton, who will help celebrate three extraordinary people at the annual TRU Love Benefit, Honoring Friendship, Remembering Friends. 

The trio of TRU friends who will be remembered and honored are producer Randall Wreghitt who died unexpectedly in May 2011, and will be posthumously remembered with the 2013 TRU Spirit of Theater Award; Michael Feingold, former critic with the Village Voice, who will receive the TRU Humanitarian Award; and TRU member and program director Patricia R. Klausner, who will be recognized and applauded with the TRU Entrepreneur Award. 

The event will take place Sunday November 17th at Caroline’s on Broadway at 47th Street. It will begin at noon with wine, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a luncheon at 1pm and the awards ceremony and performances at 2pm. Tickets for the event will be $185 Premium Patron and $160 for Patron Level. General Admission tickets may be purchased for $110. Tickets are available through the TRU Store at www.truonline.org/store-new.html.

The awards show will include Broadway stars Matt Cavenaugh, Tovah Feldshuh, Megan McGinnis, Jenny Powers, Jana Robbins, and Bob Stillman; plus cabaret favorites Cynthia Crane and Mark Nadler and others to be announced.

The Honorary Benefit Committee lending their names and support to this year’s event include some of Wreghitt’s former producing partners and friends, including Pat Addiss, Michael Alden, Margot Astrachan, Georgia Buchanan, Michael Jackowitz, Jana Robbins, Anita Waxman, and Cheryl Wiesenfeld.

Tickets: $185 - Premium Patron; $160 - Patron; $110 - General Admission

Contact: 212-714-7628; TRUnltd@aol.com

 http://www.truonline.org/TRULove13.htm


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

Theater Resources Unlimited(TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios. 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

2011 Tru Love Benefit  | Open: 11/06/11 Close: 11/06/11
 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)will celebrate its 20th year as a not-for-profit service organization with their annual TRU Love Benefit, Connections: Bringing People Together to Create and Experience the Arts. The event will take place on Sunday November 6, 2011 beginning at 12 noon at Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway between 49th and 50th Streets, NYC. It will be hosted by the comedy twins, the Stone Brothers, and will include songs from musicals that TRU has helped develop over the years: Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever) will recreate her performance from The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Darren Ritchie (Wonderland) will sing a song from Saint Heaven, Lawrence Clayton (Les Miz25th anniversary, The Civil War, Saturn Returns) will perform a number from the 2010 TRU Voices musical Ocean in a Teacup. There will also be a special performance by Liz Larsen (Tony nominee for The Most Happy Fella, Hairspray, Damn Yankeesrevival); and Jana Robbins (Gypsy, Tale of the Allergist's Wife) will help pay tribute to TRU friend and advisory board member, the late Randall Wreghitt.

 

The 2011 recipient of the TRU Spirit of Theater Award, given to a member of the theater community who has demonstrated exceptional generosity of spirit and a willingness to support emerging artists and producers, will be Bruce Lazarus, a producer of Broadway and off-Broadway shows  including Say Goodnight Gracie, The Gathering, Only Kidding, Shakespeare’s R&J andMaybe, Baby It’s You. Lazarus is also an entertainment attorney who in his 20 year career has represented such shows as the original productions of Blue Man Groupand The Lion King, Disney’s Beauty and the Beastand Aidain his capacity as head of business and legal affairs for Walt Disney Theatricals.

 

TRU will also present their annual TRU Humanitarian Award toBen Cameron on behalf of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for their invaluable work supporting the arts during this period of economic crisis, and for their commitment to supporting theater as a means of improving the quality of people’s lives. This year’s award for a successful self-producing artist, the TRU Entrepreneur Award, will be given to Lou Rodgers for keeping her company Golden Fleece Ltd. vital for over 36 years, supporting new works of musical theater and commissioning new works nearly every year.

 

A prominent lineup of industry luminaries lends their names to the event. The Honorary Benefit Committee includes attorney Brooke Barona of Sterling Publishing; Andre Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater; Anne Bogart, artistic director of SITI Company; entertainment attorney and general manager Peter Breger, chairman of the Off-Broadway Alliance; Lauren Class Schneider, executive producer of Play On Broadway; Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theatre; Carl Flanigan, creative producer of Blue Man Group; producer Marty Gasparian; producer and general manager Roger Gindi; advertising executive Bill Hofstetter of hofstetter+partners / agency212; Todd Haimes, artistic director of Roundabout Theatre; Susan Lee of Camp Broadway; producer Barbara Ligeti; producer Dana Matthow; director Eleanor Reissa; marketing consultant and producer Michael Roderick; Tim Sanford, artistic director of Playwrights Horizons; publicist Keith Sherman; and producer Elsa Suisman.

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-newsletter of jobs, services, resources and theater events. Caroline’s on Broadway, the scene of the last four TRU benefits, will again host.

 

The afternoon will feature a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, a three-course luncheon and an awards show with entertainment. Talent from the Broadway and cabaret stages that have performed at TRU benefits over the past 10 years have included Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods), Melba Moore (Purlie!), Nancy Anderson (Yank!), Fisher Stevens, Jana Robbins, Chuck Cooper (The Life) and Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change).

 

Tickets for the event will be $175 Premium Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier near the stage and $150 for Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier sides and second tier. Non-reserved General Admission tickets may be purchased for $100. Tickets are available through the TRU Store at www.truonline.org/store-new.html.

Tru Love Benefit  | Open: 11/14/10 Close: 11/14/10
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces that the 2010 recipient of the "TRU Spirit of Theater" Award will be producer Patricia Flicker Addiss. Given to a member of the theater community who has demonstrated exceptional generosity of spirit, and a willingness to support emerging artists and producers, the award will be presented at the annual TRU Love Benefit on Sunday November 14 at Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway between 49th and 50th Streets, NYC. There will be a cocktail hour at noon with passed hors d’oeuvres, a three-course luncheon at 1pm followed by entertainment and the awards ceremony.

TRU will also present a TRU Humanitarian Award to Michael Presser, founder and artistic director of Inside Broadway, for producing Broadway’s classic musicals in city schools, and passing down the legacy of America’s musical theater to future generations. Appropriately, the theme of the benefit will be "Fulfilling Promises, Fulfilling Promise," with a nod both to Ms. Addiss’ work as a co-producer of the Broadway hit "Promises, Promises" and her tireless devotion to nurturing young artists, as well as an acknowledgment of Mr. Presser’s work in tapping the artistic promise of more than 30,000 school children each year, throughout New York City.

New this year is an award for a successful self-producing artist. The TRU Entrepreneur Award will be given to Ted Greenberg, a comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer for "Late Night with David Letterman," who parlayed his one-person show "The Complete Performer" from the Fringe into a two-year run at the Soho Playhouse, which is still going strong.

Besides Promises, Promises on Broadway, Ms. Addiss is currently represented off-Broadway with the long-running legend "The Fantasticks". She has also been a producer on "Little Women", "Spring Awakening", "Passing Strange", "Bridge and Tunnel" and the recent off-Broadway "Housewives of Mannheim", to name a few. A former board member of Theater Resources Unlimited, Ms. Addiss was instrumental in the growth of TRU, a service organization created to educate and support producers, emerging theater companies, self-producing artists and anyone interested in learning the business of theater.

The Honorary Benefit Committee brought together to honor Addiss, Presser and Greenberg includes producer Judith Ann Abrams, media executive Janet Z. Barbash, publisher and entertainer Suzanna Bowling, author and entertainer Myra Chanin, executive coach Alisa Cohn, producer and reviewer Sandi Durell, educator Barbara Ziet Glickman, entertainment correspondent Magda Katz, producer Vasi Laurence, Snapple Theatre general manager Catherine Russell, Inside Broadway company manager Nicholas Sala, Jodi Schoenbrun Carter and gerontologist Merrill Stone.  Entertainment will include songs and scenes from Addiss productions, as well as a performance by the students of Inside Broadway.

Tickets for the event will be $175 Premium Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier near the stage and $150 for Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier sides and second tier. Non-reserved General Admission tickets may be purchased for $100. Tickets are available through the TRU Store at www.truonline.org/store-new.html.

For inquiries about the event or to request a formal invitation package, email TRUnltd@aol.com or call 212/864-3753.

Tru Love Benefit  | Open: 11/08/09 Close: 11/08/09
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces that Joanna Gleason, Jenny Powers, Fisher Stevens and Ramsey Faragallah will perform at the Ninth Annual TRU Love Benefit. Gleason is a Tony Award-winner for "Into the Woods", star of Broadway’s "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", and appeared in the movies "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Sex and the City" and "The Wedding Planner"; Powers made a splash as Rizzo in the recent revival of "Grease" and has appeared in the musicals "Little Women" and "Happiness"; Faragallah is a film and TV actor who appeared off-Broadway in "Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom", "Betrayed and Afterplay"; and Stevens played Jigger in the revival of "Carousel" on Broadway, Chuck Fishman in TV’s "Early Edition" and appeared in the movies "Short Circuit" and "Hackers". They will be joining Nancy Anderson ("A Class Act", "Wonderful Town", "Fanny Hill"), Brian Dykstra ("Clean Alternatives", "Cornered and Alone", "A Play on Words"), Mark Mozingo and Eli Zoller. The TRU Love Benefit will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2009 from noon-4pm at Caroline’s on Broadway (at 49th Street), NYC.

The theme of the benefit is “Opening Doors,” and performances will include representative scenes and songs from shows developed and nurtured at the theaters of this year’s two honorees, Elysabeth Kleinhans of 59E59 Theaters and Allan Buchman of Culture Project. The show will include a song from "Gutenberg the Musical", Mozingo and Zoller reprising their roles from the hit spring 2009 production of "Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge", "Clean Alternatives" with writer/actor Dykstra and excerpts from "The Exonerated" and "Guantanamo" performed by Gleason, Stevens and Faragallah. TRU will also present songs from upcoming musicals being developed by TRU producers: Jenny Powers will preview a song she will sing in TRU advisory board member Randall Wreghitt’s upcoming Broadway musical "Pure Country", and Nancy Anderson will preview one of her solos from TRU producer friend Pam Koslow and mentee Maren Berthelsen’s "Yank!", which will open at the York Theatre in February 2010.

The event begins with a cocktail hour at noon followed by a full luncheon plus performances and the awards ceremony. Friends and supporters of the honorees who are lending their names to the Benefit Committee include actor/producer Bob Balaban, critic Michael Feingold, Elliott Fox and Andrew Leynse of Primary Stages, Dr. Gail Furman, Stephen and Ruth Hendel, George Heslin of Origins Theatre, Peter Kleinhans, Barbara Iams Korein, Cara Reichel of Prospect Theater Company, actor Fisher Stevens, Peter Tear of 59E59 and producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld.

The event will also feature a Silent Auction with tickets to "A Steady Rain", "Fela!", "Memphis", "Superior Donuts", "The Toxic Avenger" and other Broadway and off-Broadway shows; plus a Day at the Races at Meadowlands, a Sutton Place brunch for four with critic Michael Feingold, VIP tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, plus dozens of gift items and services. Many items will move from the event to an Online Auction; to be an auction bidder, email TRUnltd@aol.com with your name, phone number and address.

TRU Love Benefit  | Open: 11/09/08 Close: 11/09/08
Theater Resources Unlimited, in association with sponsors Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Elysabeth Kleinhans, C2 - Caption Coalition and the Players Theatre, announces the seventh annual TRU LOVE BENEFIT. The event will honor producing maverick Ken Davenport and Arlene Romoff, advocate for open captioning for live theater, at a luncheon benefit on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at Caroline's on Broadway. The event, themed "Believe ... in the possibilities of theater," begins with a cocktail hour reception at noon followed by a luncheon at 1pm, with entertainment and an awards ceremony to start at 1:45 and a Silent Auction throughout the afternoon.