Champlin's Finishing the Hat Cabaret May 11 Will Benefit Transport Group

News   Champlin's Finishing the Hat Cabaret May 11 Will Benefit Transport Group Obie Award winner Donna Lynne Champlin, who starred in Broadway's Sweeney Todd, James Joyce's The Dead, By Jeeves and Hollywood Arms, will perform her one-woman show, Finishing the Hat, on May 11 as a benefit for Transport Group, the Drama Desk Award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company that is one of Champlin's artistic homes.
Donna Lynne Champlin
Donna Lynne Champlin

The show is at 7 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, at Ninth Avenue. Finishing the Hat is billed as "an inspired pairing of stories and songs from Ms. Champlin's professional and personal adventures — such as 'Stalking Brian d'Arcy James' and 'The Worst Audition Ever' — which the audience picks randomly from a hat."

Champlin has appeared in numerous Transport Group productions, including First Lady Suite, The Audience, Bury the Dead, Marcy in the Galaxy and William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, for which she received an Obie Award.

Founded in 2001, Transport Group, under the leadership of Jack Cummings III, artistic director, and Lori Fineman, executive director, is a not-for-profit theatre company that develops and produces work by American playwrights and composers with the aim of exploring the American consciousness in the 20th and 21st centuries. Transport Group presented its premiere production in 2002: Thornton Wilder's Our Town, which featured older actors in the roles of Emily and George and a 12-year-old girl as the Stage Manager. Its second production, Requiem for William, an evening of seven seldom produced plays by William Inge that featured a cast of 26 as well as original songs, premiered in 2003. Transport Group is the winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award for its "breadth of vision and its presentation of challenging productions."

Finishing the Hat plays May 11 at 7 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, at Ninth Avenue. Tickets to Finishing the Hat are $25 (plus a $15 minimum) and may be purchased by phoning (212) 695-6909.