True Love Productions was formed in 2001 by Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Laurie Gilmore, originally established as a commercial producing company committed to presenting unique voices in theatre with a focus on artistic excellence and innovation.
Our inaugural production, Charles L. Mee's True Love, heralded the opening of a new and unique Off-Broadway theatre space—The Zipper: a factory renovated and transformed by the True Love creative team in conjunction with the theatre owners specifically to suit the needs of our production. What resulted was a theatre piece perfectly married to its atmosphere; a totally enveloping theatrical experience. The audience lounged in car seats, eating popcorn and drinking beer to the sounds of our live garage band as Mee's exploration of love played out in the abandoned zipper factory turned gas station. True Love was met with resounding critical acclaim—theatergoers and critics alike praised the strength of the ensemble cast, the inventive direction, and the stunning theatricality of the work. From this exhilarating event our production company was born. For 19 years we have been steadfastly committed to developing and presenting challenging works with unique theatrical potential.
Broadway: Well; Hillary and Clinton; King Lear; A Doll’s House Part 2; Sweat; Torch Song; The Waverly Gallery; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Glass Menagerie; The Front Page; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Bright Star; Skylight; Fela; The 39 Steps; The Norman Conquests; 33 Variations; A Catered Affair; Fish in the Dark; Medea; 13.
Off-Broadway: Sleep No More; What the Constitution Means to Me; Theatre for One; The Flick; Everything You Touch; Cock; Coraline; Shockheaded Peter; Everything Will Be Different; The Tricky Part; Antony and the Johnsons: Turning; Suitcase, or Those That Resemble Flies From a Distance; Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited); True Love.
True Love today, led by Jeanne, is a more focused enterprise. In this challenging environment we took a step back to reexamine where we could have the most impact. We have narrowed our scope to focus our energies on direct artists support and development. We have renewed our commitment to commissioning new work, nurturing unique voices from all corners of the theater world. We also strive to partner with and support like-minded arts organizations committed to protecting and elevating the voice of independent artists and amplifying their impact.
Established in 2010, the True Love New Play Commissioning Project, headed by Tom Cole, gives established and emerging playwrights the opportunity to create original, new work, free of commercial constraints. Past supported artists include Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Heidi Schreck, Sheila Callaghan, Craig Lucas, Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann.