1626 Broadway (@50th Street)
New York City, New York

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 [email protected] or call 212/864-3753.

Added by jlsadlowski on September 21, 2010

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