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Cheers to You, 2010!

Posted in OTSP Buzz, Production Announcements, Reflections on December 27, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Well the curtains closed Monroe, Illinois:  Over Here/Townie at The Flea on December 21st marking the end of a very successful year for On the Square Productions.  From a successful second season kickoff of Our Developmental Play Reading Series, to critical acclaim of Over Here/Townie, we have been quite busy, and we have no intentions of slowing down!  This February will we be producing In Your Image by UK playwright Rob Benson at 59E59.  Stay tuned for more specifics in our up coming posts.

As 2010 draws to a close Rachel and Jackie have selected a few highlights from the year passing.  Here’s to another great year!


1.  The awesome press we received for Monroe, Illinois- check out our review at!
2.  Gearing up to do Benson’s In Your Image at 59e59
3.  Creating relationships with small businesses like DiWine and The Brick Cafe
4.  Artists Brunch at The Brick Cafe
1.  Making our $2000 Kickstarter goal!  Thanks so much to our awesome donors.  We couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement!
2.  Our sold out run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in our Astoria garden!  Too much fun!
3.  Our kickoff event- “Wingin’ It” in which we heard short scripts from many different playwrights and actors.
Whew!  What a jam-packed year.  Here’s to you, 2010!  You’ve been so good to us, and we’re looking forward to a wonderful 2011!




It’s Opening Night!

Posted in Mainstage, On the Square Productions News, Production Announcements on December 11, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Well it’s a big weekend for On the Square- we have our Artists Brunch at 1pm at The Brick Cafe this Sunday Dec. 12th, and our Holiday Party at DiWine on Tuesday Dec. 14th.  But tomorrow, it’s opening night for Monroe, Illinois:  Over Here/Townie! After 2 successful previews, we are ready to rock!

Afterwards we will be going to South’s NYC, around the corner from The Flea, as they are one of the sponsors of our production.

The performance is at 9pm, Saturday Dec. 11th at The Flea Theater.  Tickets are still available online too.  For $15 you can get the On the Square Friend discount by entering the code SQUARE upon purchasing tickets.

If Monday is a good day for you, we are also offering $5 Mondays for all of our performances! Use the code FIVE when buying online (no fees!) or come to the door.  Take a sneak peek at our show:

Becca Hackett is "She" in TOWNIE

Doug Roland and Cyrilla Baer as Danny and Patty Hunt in OVER HERE

Rachel McPhee and Cyrilla Baer as Nora and Patty Hunt in OVER HERE

See you at The Flea!

Rachel McPhee is Nora Hunt in “Over Here”

Posted in Cast, Mainstage, On the Square Productions News, OTSP Buzz, Production Announcements on December 2, 2010 by On the Square Productions

You might know Rachel McPhee has the Co-Artistic Producing Director of On the Square Productions, but in Monroe, Illinois:  Over Here/Townie she’ll be showing off her skills on the stage.  Rachel portrays Nora Hunt, Patty’s estranged daughter who returns home for her father’s funeral, who died in Iraq.

Rachel McPhee ( Co-Artistic Producing Director, Nora- Over Here) is thrilled to be returning to thispiece after workshopping it in the OTSP developmental reading series and to be back at the fabulousFlea! Recent credits include Vieux Carre (The Pearl dir. Austin Pendleton), The Footage (The Flea), Miss
Julie and The Cherry Orchard (Columbia Stages),A Midsummer Night’s Dream (On the Square Productions) ,Twelfth Night ( in a Speakeasy!) , Guiding Light. Rachel received her BA from the University of Wisconsin and apostgraduate degree in Professional Acting from the Drama Studio London (UK).

To see Rachel in action, click here!

“Adding Machine’s” Cyrilla Baer is Patty Hunt!

Posted in Cast, Mainstage, On the Square Productions News, OTSP Buzz, Production Announcements on December 1, 2010 by On the Square Productions

We here at On the Square couldn’t have been more thrilled when Cyrilla Baer signed on to do Monroe Illinois:  Over Here/Townie.  A Chicago import, Cyrilla has been rocking the New York Theatre scene for over 2 years now.  Maybe your caught her recently in NYMF’s “PopArt?”  Cyrilla stars as Patty Hunt in Over Here– the widowed matriarch of the Hunt Family.  Her husband, Joe Hunt has just died in Iraq.  Patty’s two kids- Nora and Danny struggle to understand their critical mother, and scene is set.

Cyrilla Baer ( Patty – Over Here) : Off Broadway: “Mrs. Zero”, ADDING MACHINE, A MUSICAL, Minetta Lane; “Nanny”, UNCLE VANYA, Classic Stage Company; “Agatha Makin”, THE HATPIN, & “Dr. Bore”, POPART, NYMF; “Mistress Schermerhorn”, KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY, York; “Annie Chapman”, RIPPER, NAMT.  Regional: FALSETTOS, RUTHLESS, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, OLIVER, NUNSENSE, NUNSENSE 2 and NUNSENSE JAMBOREE, MORNING’S AT SEVEN, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. Co-star of the NY Independent Film Festival multiple award winner RAGING HORMONES. Featured performer with The Atlanta Symphony and The Florida Philharmonic orchestras. Appearances in the upcoming Onion News Network series on IFC.

To see Cyrilla in action, click here for tickets!

OTSP Presents Monroe, Illinois: Over Here/Townie

Posted in Mainstage, On the Square Productions News, OTSP Buzz, Production Announcements on October 26, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Well it’s official- our fall project at The Flea Theater is in full swing. Come this December 2010, On the Square Productions will present the World Premiere Monroe, Illinois: Over Here/Townie by Aaron Wigdor Levy.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Aaron or The Flea Theater. Over Here and Townie are written as two separate one acts that both deal with themes of middle America. Both plays are set in fictional, working class town of Monroe, Illinois. Over Here revolves around a widowed matriarch, Patty, and her two children, Nora and Danny, all of whom are coping with the death of their husband/father who was killed in Iraq. Townie tells the story of one Woman through 30 years of her life, from her engagement to her marriage, the birth of her children, infidelity, and divorce.

Cyrilla Baer, Rachel McPhee, Doug Roland, and Rebecca Hackett star.

Performances run December 8th-December 21st at The Flea Theater, located at 41 White Street. Details will be announced on their website soon, and we’ll be sure and relay ticket info.

Please also consider donating to our Kickstarter campaign! Right now, we are $803 on our way to our $2000 goal. Every little bit helps!

Announcing Our “Anaïs Nin” Cast!

Posted in On the Square Productions News, OTSP Buzz, Production Announcements on September 16, 2010 by On the Square Productions

After a successful night of chicken wings, and cold readings, we are ready to get this Developmental Play Reading season up and running. Our first reading, Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell, by David Stallings, will take place on Sunday, September 26th at 7:30pm in the Time Out New York Lounge. Cristina Alicea directs. $10 at the door gets you some snacks and a wonderful night of entertainment.

Here’s our wonderful cast!
Cyrilla Baer*
Sarah Baskin*
Adi Kurtchik
Adam McNulty
Rachel McPhee*
Emily Tucker
Sarah Viccellio*

*denotes member of Actor’s Equity

Midsummer Cast Announced

Posted in On the Square Productions News, Production Announcements on June 9, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Well the time is drawing near- Midsummer is upon us! We are very excited to get this underway. We’re raising money (thanks to you all!), our back garden got approved for an Equity Showcase venue, and we’ve got a crackerjack group of actors. Tickets went on sale last night and can be purchased here

In the meantime peruse our cast list. Maybe there’s someone you know! Also Rachel, Michael, and Jackie will also be frolicking in the garden…this was just too fun to pass up. Rehearsals start tonight! Go Team OTSP!

Jackie LaVanway- Hippolyta/Peaseblossom
Joie Bauer- Theseus
Doug Williford- Egeus
Caitlin Kinsella- Helena
Michael Raver*- Lysander
Marnie Schulenberg- Hermia
Austin Nixon*- Demetrius
Colleen Harris*- Quince
Zack Calhoon*- Bottom
Kane Prestenback*- Flute
Branson Reese- Snug
Christine Sanders- Snout
Zoe Sjogerman- Starveling
Chris White*- Oberon
Rachel McPhee*- Titania
Michael Swartz- Puck
Blair Silverman- Moth
Tina Connell- Cobweb/Philostrate
Mѐlissa Smith- Mustardseed
* denotes members of Actor’s Equity