Supporting creative work by women
Yesterday, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) held its 2010 TRU Love Benefit, subtitled “Fulfilling Promises, Fulfilling Promise” at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. The intimate, yet star-studded affair featured performances by Jill Paice, Kate Fisher, Erin Crosby, Trisha Rapier, Lewis Cleale, The Inside Broadway Kids and more. TRU’s Founder and President Bob Ost was the host while the Stone Brothers emceed the sold-out affair.
Patricia Flicker (Pat) Addiss; whose Broadway credits include Little Women, Passing Strange, The 39 Steps, Spring Awakening and Promises, Promises; received the TRU Spirit of Theater Award for nurturing and supporting a generation of theater artists. Recognized as one of the loveliest and most passionate producers today, Addiss is a superb champion of talent. She puts her heart and soul into producing shows, shows that are touching and quite often fun. When accepting her award, Addiss said it ranked as her third greatest thrill in life, behind the birth of her children and the opening night of her first Broadway show, Little Women.
Two others were recognized for their contributions to the theatrical community. Michael Presser received the TRU Humanitarian Award for his work at Inside Broadway, the Great White Way’s not-for-profit educational organization, and Ted Greenberg was awarded the TRU Entrepreneur Award for his long-running Off-Broadway show The Complete Performer.
The event served as a fundraiser for TRU. Proceeds benefit its many programs, which support emerging producers. And, these emerging producers are the ones who produce much of work by women on the American stage today. TRU also provides resources for self-producing artists, many of them women.
If you would like to support TRU, you may bid on on the silent auction items (Broadway and Off Broadway tickets, lunch at Sutton Place with Michael Feingold, a case of Terra Fossil Malbec, and much, much more) through Thursday, November 18th.