Russian Transport features Set Design by Derek McLane (B’way: How to Succeed…, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Anything Goes, Million Dollar Quartet and many more; Off-B’way at The New Group: Burning, Marie and Bruce, Blood From A Stone, A Lie of the Mind, The Starry Messenger, others), Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski (B’way: Born Yesterday, Anything Goes, That Championship Season, Driving Miss Daisy, Time Stands Still, others; Off-B’way: Burning, The School for Lies, Venus in Fur, more), Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (B’way: Beauty and the Beast – Tony Award ®, The People in the Picture, A Free Man of Color, A Catered Affair, Company, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and Sound Design by Bart Fasbender (B’way: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Off-B’way: Burning, Terrorism – The New Group, Edgewise, Bad Jazz, A View from 151st Street, Hellhouse). Dialect Coach is Doug Paulson.
The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director) launched its current season with Thomas Bradshaw’s Burning directed by Scott Elliott. Last season, the company presented Tommy Nohilly’s Blood From A Stone featuring Ethan Hawke (Obie winner), the revival of Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce starring Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley, and One Arm (co-production with Tectonic Theater Project) based on an unproduced screenplay by Tennessee Williams, adapted for the stage and directed by Moisés Kaufman. In 2009-10, The New Group presented the extended run of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Starry Messenger featuring Matthew Broderick, the sold-out revival of Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind directed by Ethan Hawke, and the world premiere of the new musical The Kid. Other productions include Ian Bruce’s Groundswell, Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta…, Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want, Jay Presson Allen’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Bernard Weinraub’s The Accomplices. Additional standouts include David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years, Abigail’s Party, Smelling a Rat, Goose-Pimples and Ecstasy, Wallace Shawn’s The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon, Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth and Kevin Elyot’s Mouth to Mouth and My Night With Reg. The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony® Award for Best Musical (Avenue Q). The New Group and Artistic Director Scott Elliott were honored with a Special 2010-11 Drama Desk Award “for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions.”
Russian Transport plays at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Aves) as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:00 PM and Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM. Matinees Saturday at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be arranged through www.telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200, or at the Theatre Row Box Office (12–8 PM daily). Tickets are $60.00 plus $1.25 restoration fee. For more info, visit www.thenewgroup.org.