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A Parable of A Queen

Posted in Friends of On the Square, On the Square Productions News, Reading on November 19, 2010 by On the Square Productions

Next in the On the Square Developmental Play Reading Series, A Parable of A Queen by Alex DeWitt.  A fellow Wisconsinite, we’ve gotten to know Alex through one of our professors at University of Wisconsin, Norma Saldivar.  We are thrilled to be working with Alex- not to mention a fellow cheesehead!  Here’s a brief summary of the play:

“A Parable of a Queen” is the passionate tale of a woman’s power set in an allegorical kingdom far away and long ago. It is an intricate story of intrigue, love, lust, loyalty and trust, the intersection of three people whose deep desires conflict with their duties and obligations to the court, the hierarchy and each other.

A Parable of A Queen

By Alex DeWitt, Directed by Ilana Becker


Austin Nixon, Elizabeth Audley, Leanne Barrineau, & Zack Robidas

The Time Out New York Lounge @ New World Stages

340 W. 50th St., (between 8th and 9th), 7:30pm

$10 at the door goes to support On the Square Productions! So, come on out, grab a drink, and listen to our last reading before the holidays!  Here’s a link to our Facebook Invite!


Let On the Square Plan Your Weekend!

Posted in Fundraising, On the Square Productions News, Reading on October 21, 2010 by On the Square Productions

We’ve got a BIG weekend here at On the Square and whether it’s a night of dancing you want, or a more casual night with a drink in hand- we’ve got you covered. Here are the details so mark your calendars!

Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 2010
Studio 45ifth Presents Dancin’ “On the Square!”
A Fundraiser for On the Square Productions
Mug Lounge, 446 East 13th St- 9:30pm
$10 cover

Dance the night away for a great company and your chance to win some pretty sweet prizes! Up for grabs in our raffle is a free haircut from Louis Licari, a night at the theatre at New World Stages, and S Factor Pole Dancing Intro Classes

Sunday, Oct. 24th, 2010
OTSP Developmental Play Reading Series Presents,
La Chasse– by Christopher Cartmill
Stage 5, New World Stages- 7:30pm
$10 cover

The beginnings of the relationship between the French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix and his distant cousin, Joséphine de Lavallette, baroness de Forget. It is Paris in the 1830’s. The play is structured on the movements of a popular set dance of the early 19th century, the quadrille. Partners switch with grace but also with heart-breaking consquences. It is the Romantic dilemma that what most inspires us has the capability of destroying us. LA CHASSE is an exploration of Art, civilized society and our supressed animal natures. (two acts) *Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for New Play.

Directed by Nicole A. Watson

Andy Bean, Christopher Cartmill, Jessie Dickey, & Leone Hanman

Let us plan your weekend! We’d love to see you on the dance floor or enjoying the next reading. So come on down and support independent theatre!

Announcing “Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell” on 9/26!

Posted in On the Square Productions News, OTSP Buzz, Reading on September 4, 2010 by On the Square Productions

We’re getting ready for Season 2.0 of our Developmental Play Reading Series, and we’d like to announce our first reading- David Stalling‘s, “Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell.” You can check out more about David here or on the MTWorks website.

Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell
Sunday, Sept. 26th 7:30pm
Time Out New York Lounge @ New World Stages
340 W. 50th St- NY, NY 10019

A bit of history on the play and of David:

Imagine an island in hell where Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Queen Victoria… wait for their men. What happens when women’s lib icon Anaïs Nin arrives to turn their afterlife upside down? Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell explores the question of whether Sartre was right and hell really is other people, or whether we carry around our potential for damnation or salvation within ourselves.
David Stallings is a New York City based playwright known for writing plays about the dark customary behaviors that affect society. His concentration as a playwright can be summed up by a Village Voice review of the play he is submitting for your consideration, Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell: “Why a male playwright would write a staunchly feminist play…is beyond comprehension, but thank the gods for David Stallings’ Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell.”

The play won the 2nd Biennal Arthur W. Stone New Play Award (Louisiana Tech University), 1st Prize Boston Theatre Works Unbound Festival, and was a Semi-finalist of the 2008 Princess Grace Awards. It was a selection at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival (garnering positive reviews available upon request), has received several readings in New York and Boston.

We are at OTSP are truly looking forward to this reading, and we hope to see you all on the 26th!