On Sunday, November 6, 2011, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), now celebrating its 20th year, will host the 2011 TRU Love Benefit at Caroline's on Broadway (1626 Broadway between 49th and 50th ). The Benefit was created to honor those who have lent standout service to the theatrical community. This year's award recipients are producer Bruce Lazarus; Ben Cameron and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and Lou Rodgers of Golden Fleece Limited.
Among the planning committee that are lending their names and support to the event includes attorney Brooke Barona of Sterling Publishing; Andre Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater; 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 Public Theatre; Carl Flanigan, creative producer of Blue Man Group; producer Marty Gasparian; producer /general manager Roger Gindi; advertising executive Bill Hofstetter of hofstetter+partners / agency212; Todd Haimes, artistic director of Roundabout Theatre; SuSan Lee of Nederlander Presentations; producer Barbara Ligeti; producer Dana Matthow; director Eleanor Reissa; producer Michael Roderick; Tim Sanford, artistic director of Playwrights Horizons; publicist Keith Sherman; and producer Elsa Suisman
The Benefit will begin at noon and will feature a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, a three-course luncheon and an awards show co-hosted by the Stone Brothers with performances Orfeh (Legally Blonde, The Great American Trailer Park Musical), Darren Ritchie (Wonderland, Saint Heaven), Lawrence Clayton (Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, The Civil War) and Jana Robbins (Gypsy, Romance, Romance, Tale of the Allergist's Wife).
The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of TRU, a not-for-profit service organization, founded in 1992 to promote a spirit of cooperation and support within the general theater community. TRU 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.
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 more information about TRU, membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.