Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will celebrate its 23rd year as a not-for-profit service organization with a celebration of three extraordinary people at the annual TRU Love Benefit, When You Care. The 2014 TRU Spirit of Theater Award, presented to a member of the producing community who has demonstrated exceptional generosity, support and kindness to others in the business, will be awarded to producer Michael Alden (Bat Boy, the Last Session, Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, The King’s Speech, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Disgraced); the TRU Entrepreneur Award, given for consistency, unique thinking and innovation in theater, will be given to investor Neil Danoff (All the Way, Bridges of Madison County, Matilda, Lucky Guy, Spring Awakening, Allegiance); and the TRU Humanitarian Award will be given posthumously to legendary casting director Barry Moss. The event will take place Sunday November 9th at Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue. 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 1:45pm. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.truonline.org/TRULove14.htm.
The evening will be hosted by Valerie Smaldone, directed by Broadway performer and producer Jana Robbins and will include appearances by Anita Gillette, Cady Huffman, Richard Kind, and members of the original casts of Spring Awakening, The Last Session and other Michael Alden, Neil Danoff and Barry Moss shows.
“All three honorees have been valued members of the TRU family,” states TRU president Bob Ost. “This is a way of publicly showing how much we care for the people who support us.” Michael Alden is a TRU board member entering his second year as a program director for TRU’s Producer Development and Mentorship Program. “We are proud to publicly acknowledge him for facing the challenges of producing with honesty, humility and integrity, gracefully riding the ups and downs of an unpredictable business and generously sharing his experiences and his knowledge with so many others.” Neil Danoff has been a generous TRU supporter, and also serves on the TRU Board of Directors. “In a business run amok with above-the-title producers, Neil is unique in his dedication to simply offering financial support for shows he loves, as an investor, proud and simple. He is a passionate friend of theater, providing financial support out of love, never ego; and reminding us all of the dignity and vital importance of the investor.” The 2014 TRU Humanitarian Award will be given to Barry Moss for a lifetime of love and support for theater and friends, always placing people ahead of business. “Barry was on our advisory board, and has been a personal supporter of my work as a writer since we met in 1984. The business has lost a legend, and I have lost one of my dearest friends.”