Archive for July, 2010

Stay Tuned!

Posted in OTSP Buzz on July 26, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Well it’s been one week since our production of Midsummer closed and we have been in withdrawal! With such a talented and gung ho cast and crew, it’s hard to believe it’s over. We will be on a little mini hiatus over the next few weeks, but don’t worry- there are some things in the works for the fall. Including Season 2 of our Developmental Play Reading Series! So stay tuned to this blog, and stay tuned to our website here!


A Successful Opening Weekend Had By All…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Thank you one and all who came out to Astoria this weekend to see our production of Midsummer. We sold out every single one of our performances! We are even‘s pick of the week!

4 more performances remain…which one will you attend???
July 15th 7:30pm
July 16th 7:30pm
July 17th 7:30pm
July 18th 7:30pm

Tickets are going FAST! So buy them online here!!!

Happy Opening Night!

Posted in On the Square Productions News on July 9, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to share in our opening of Midsummer. It was an absolutely magical night, and are so delighted to share this with you for 6 more performances!

Photo Courtesy of Duane Tollison

Here are the remaining performances and the link for tickets. Seating is VERY limited, so buying online is highly recommended!

July 9th- 7:30pm
July 11th- 7:30pm

July 15th- 7:30pm
July 16th- 7:30pm
July 17th- 7:30pm
July 18th- 7:30pm

See you in the garden!

Michael Swartz is Puck!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Today marks our last character unveiling…that’s right all- TONIGHT IS OPENING! We are sold out tonight, but there are plenty of tickets available for this weekend, and you can buy them here! So its definitely appropriate that we save Puck, played by Michael Swartz for last. Talk about double duty- Michael also directs our lovely production of Midsummer. Read more about him below!

Michael Swartz (Director/Puck). Michael is an award-winning director who made his New York debut in 2007 with Steven Bost’s The Minervae. Other credits include: Leviticus: A Love Story (Left Out Festival-NY), Heroic Hercules (Act 3-PA), and staged readings of Ingénue! and Canticle of the Sun. NY acting credits: In Fields Where They Lay (Dreamscape Theater); Iphigenia in Tauris (ATA); America: A Problem Play (On the Square); The Tamer Tamed (Misfit Toys Rep.); The Merchant of Venice(Hudson Shakespeare Co.); and more. Michael was trained in a corn-field in Pennsylvania (DeSales University), where he performed with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Jackie LaVanway is Hippolyta/Peaseblossom!

Posted in Cast, OTSP Buzz on July 7, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Midsummer opens tomorrow! And only two more cast members left to unveil. Jackie LaVanway is not only the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Producing Director here. She also couldn’t resist the opportunity to frolic in the back garden- So she pulls double duty as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, and Peaseblossom- one of the fairies. Read more about her here!

Jackie LaVanway (Hippolyta/Peaseblossom, Co-Artistic Producing Director) is one half of On the Square Productions alongside Rachel McPhee. She simply could not pass up this opportunity to frolic in the back garden with such a talented group of actors! Jackie holds BA in Theatre and Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and continued her training at Michael Howard Studios. Performance credits: Lucy in Quake for the MITF Festival, Samantha in Uncommon Women and Others, and Sophie DePalma in Master Class. Producer Credits: Quake, Ingenue, and America: A Problem Play for the Planet Connections Festival. As an Associate General Manager, Jackie just completed Heading East, a musical reading starring BD Wong at the Asia Society. Jackie also works at New World Stages/Stage Entertainment USA as the Executive Assistant. Love to her friends, family, and Tim- thanks for believing in our vision! Props to Rachel, Neen, Kristin, and Michael!

To see Jackie in action, click here!

Rachel McPhee is the Fairy Queen!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 by On the Square Productions

It’s been quite a year for OTSP, and Rachel McPhee, the Co Founder and Co- Artistic Producing Director, can attest to that. This summer she will be playing Titania, the fairy queen, in our Midsummer Production. It was just too fun to pass up. She’s a busy girl so catch her if you can!

Rachel McPhee (Titania, Co-Artistic Producing Director) is thrilled and proud to be frolicking with such a merry bunch this summer! Recent credits include Vieux Carre (The Pearl dir. Austin Pendleton), The Footage (The Flea), Miss Julie and The Cherry Orchard ( Columbia Stages). Rachel received her BA from the University of Wisconsin and a postgraduate degree in Professional Acting from the Drama Studio London (UK). Special thanks to the incredible cast and crew along with Jackie, Michael, and Neen for all their support and hard work.

To see Rachel in action, click here!

Austin Nixon is Demetrius!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 by On the Square Productions

We are 4 days away from opening, and there’s still 4 characters to introduce. Read here about the wonderful Austin Nixon who stars as Demetrius!

Austin Nixon has been working off and on in the New York theatre community since he moved here back in 2002. While living in Jersey City he took part in the Waterbug artist’s collective by founding the independent Upstarts theatre group, who’s performances were featured in the Jersey City studio tour. Some of his favorite roles in the past have been Bill in David Ive’s Sure Thing, Lucentio in William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and Piet Bezuidenhout in Athol Fugard’s A Lesson From Aloes. After doing some commercial work and receiving his Equity card Austin decided to take a break, but is thrilled to come back to the theatre for this production and to be working with such talented and professional people. Thanks to On The Square Productions and the wonderful cast for making this such a fun and rewarding experience!

To see Austin in action…click here!