PAST Productions

Bryan Schany, and JT Patton in LONE STAR

Lone Star

by James McLure

directed by Alice Spivak

 

The Dobbin Saloon in Dobbin, Texas

September 28 - 29, 2019

James McLure’s iconic play, Lone Star, OTR’s inaugural showcase production, was performed in Dobbin, Texas, just about 25 minutes from Maynard, the locale of the play.

 

Cast: Bryan Schany, JT Patton and Mitch Allen

Chekhov Tribute 2018

by Anton Chekhov

directed by Alice Spivak

 

The Nuyorican Poets Café

March 11, 2018

A cast of 25 players performed scenes, monologues and letters of Chekhov, conceptualized and directed by Alice Spivak, Artistic Director, and played to a sold-out crowd, enjoying the humor and wonder of the great playwright's words, along with a shot of vodka.

 

Cast: The OTR Players

A Walk in the Woods

by Lee Blessing

directed by Alice Spivak

 

The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row

December 15 - 22, 2017

A very relevant play from 1987 about one more attempt at a nuclear arms treaty by the world's super-powers, USSR and USA, as humanized by two negotiators on a park bench in Geneva, Switzerland. A much-needed reminder to the ploys governments will use to keep their destructive power intact.

Cast: Jeffrey Farber and JT Patton

A Betrothal

by Lanford Wilson

directed by Alex Siladi

The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row

December 16 - 23, 2017

Originally conceived for Uta Hagen & Herbert Berghof, A Betrothal is a "lark" of a play about a pair of disappointed, middle-aged iris growers who chance meet at a flower show and, after much bickering, discover each other.

Cast: Alice Spivak and Steven Hauck

Late Bus to Mecca

by Pearl Cleage

directed by Alice Spivak

The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row

December 16 - 23, 2017

A very touching ode to black sisterhood by Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage. Set in 1971, it's about a prostitute fleeing 'the life' in Detroit and is on her way to Atlanta (the Mecca of the title). Ava waits for a girlfriend she plans to run away with, but instead meets a younger homeless woman in the Greyhound bus station.

Cast: Cecilia Flagg and Ash Tai

The Show-Off

by George Kelly

directed by Alice Spivak

 

TBG Theatre

May 2 - 7, 2017

First produced in 1924, it was received as the best comedy as yet written by an American author. The wonder of it is that it remains so relevant in its central character, Aubrey Piper - liar, braggart, egotist - who by the play's end, makes the point that when you allow yourself to dream fantastically and, most  importantly, stand by it, you can change the world.

Its relevancy is further established by the middle-class family chronicle of getting by and getting ahead in Philadelphia. The dollar amounts may have changed but the struggle is the same.

Cast: Bobby Brower, Robert Cappucci, Damen Corrado, Jeffrey Farber, Clara Heller, Steven Meehan, Mary Palermo, Bryan Schany and Karen Eleanor Wight

Chekhov Tribute 2017

by Anton Chekhov

directed by Alice Spivak

 

The Nuyorican Poets Café

January 29, 2017

A cast of 26 players performed scenes, monologues and letters of Chekhov, conceptualized and directed by Alice Spivak, Artistic Director, and played to a sold-out crowd, enjoying the humor and wonder of the great playwright's words, along with a shot of vodka.

Cast: The OTR Players

The Husk

by Jake Quinn

directed by Alice Spivak

Urban Stages

December 21 - 23, 2016

In a city-owned building tucked away from the watchful eye of Police Headquarters, is the office of the D.O.A. Squad, an obscure unit attached to NYPD's Missing Persons Squad. The unit's primary goal is to bring dignity to the unidentified in death: unearthing the names of New York's neediest and loneliest, then tracking down their relatives to afford them the chance to provide a proper burial. When a priority case comes to the office, a mingling of personal and professional conversations are interwoven, revealing not only the victim's past, but also laying bare the troubled, haunted lives of the three detectives. 

Cast: Jeff Fahey, Billy Smith, Vincent Piazza, Nick Corley, Damen Corrado, Keri Uribe,
Elly-Anne Ehrman, Eric Michael Gillett and Mary Doyle Palermo

Orphans

by Lyle Kessler

directed by Alice Spivak

 

The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row 

May 24 - 29, 2016

A comic drama about two brothers, one a recluse, the other a pickpocket, living in North Philly, and a wealthy businessman who becomes their long lost father.

Cast: Joe Perrino, James Grant and Eric Michael Gillett

Frozen

by Bryony Lavery

directed by Alice Spivak

 

​The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row

February 9 - 14, 2016


10-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Ralph, a loner, looking for some distraction, lures, then murders seven little girls. Agnetha, an American academic, comes to England to research a thesis on "Serial Killing - A Forgivable Act?." Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark on a long, dark journey which finally curves upward into the light.​

Cast: Vincent Piazza, Cecilia Flagg, Cody Horn and John Sialiano

Tea in the Afternoon​
by Vanessa Shealy
directed by Nick Corley
 
The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row
February 2 - 7, 2016
Elizabeth discovers that her late, much beloved grandmother has bequeathed her entire estate not to her, but to an unbeknownst great aunt, Bes. Her grief now twinged with betrayal, Elizabeth arrives on this mysterious great aunt's doorstep looking for answers. What unfolds is an exploration of mutual need and reciprocal antagonism as each woman seeks in the other some echo of the woman they are missing 

Cast: Alice Spivak and Tayler Beth Anderson
Matt & Ben
by Mindy Kaling & Brenda Withers
directed by Alice Spivak
 
The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row
June 10 - 20, 2015

Matt and Ben depicts its Hollywood golden boys, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, before Oscar…when the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens. A highly successful, profitable and well-received ten performances. 

Cast: Ryan Willard and Conor Romero
Laundry & Bourbon Lone Star
by James McLure
directed by Alice Spivak
 
TBG Theatre
January 29 - February 1, 2015

Laundry & Bourbon

Elizabeth, forlornly waits for her husband, Roy, hoping “he is safe.” She is visited by her best friend, Hattie, a raucous distraction, and by Amy Lee, the town gossip.​
 
Lone Star

Roy is drinking himself into a stupor, while his brother, Ray, attempts to pull him around. The two of them are set upon by Cletis, who has some horrible news. Physical violence erupts.​​

Cast: Lavinia Jones Wright, Julia Marie Peterson, Kristina Erikson, Bryan Schany, JT Patton

and Mitch Allen

The Show-Off
by George Kelly
directed by Alice Spivak
 
TBG Theatre
January 22 - 25, 2015
First produced in 1924, it was received as the best comedy as yet written by an American author. The wonder of it is that it remains so relevant in its central character, Aubrey Piper - liar, braggart, egotist - who by the play's end, makes the point that when you allow yourself to dream fantastically and, most  importantly, stand by it, you can change the world.
Its relevancy is further established by the middle-class family chronicle of getting by and getting ahead in Philadelphia. The dollar amounts may have changed but the struggle is the same.
Cast: Vanessa Shealy, Mary Palermo, Rebecca De Ornelas, Mitch Allen, Jeffrey Farber, Bryan Schany, Bobby Brower, Ryan Willard and Robert Cappucci
Breaking Legs
by Tom Dulack
directed by Alice Spivak
 
The Soho Playhouse
July 10 - 2, 2014

The Place is an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster and managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter. When the daughter's former college professor arrives to ask for financial backing for his play about a murder, the fun begins. Lou, the restauranteur, and two of his partners, all mobsters, become intrigued by the idea of producing a play. His daughter, Angie, falls for the professor, who gradually discovers that his backers are gangsters, but becomes entwined when he witnesses  the "accidental" death of a lesser thug. Plenty of pasta is served up during the course of the play.​

Cast: Christine Evangelista, William Mattiello, Robert Cappucci, Jeffrey Farber, Gordon Silva
and Tom Cappadona

Frozen
by Bryony Lavery
directed by Alice Spivak
 
TBG Theatre
March 12 - 22, 2014 
10-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Ralph, a loner, looking for some distraction, lures, then murders seven little girls. Agnetha, an American academic, comes to England to research a thesis on "Serial Killing: A Forgivable Act?" Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark on a long, dark journey which finally curves upward into the light.​

Cast: Vincent Piazza, Cecilia Flagg, Sonja Mauro and John Sialiano
Laundry & Bourbon Lone Star
by James McLure
directed by Alice Spivak
 
TBG Theatre
September 12 - 23, 2012

Laundry & Bourbon

Elizabeth, forlornly waits for her husband, Roy, hoping “he is safe.” She is visited by her best friend, Hattie, a raucous distraction, and by Amy Lee, the town gossip.​
 
Lone Star

Roy is drinking himself into a stupor, while his brother, Ray, attempts to pull him around. The two of them are set upon by Cletis, who has some horrible news. Physical violence erupts.​​

Cast: Robyn Rikoon, Keri Uribe, Christina Brucato, Bryan Schany, JT Patton, Mitch Allen
and TK Durham

Danny & The Deep Blue Sea
by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Alice Spivak
Nuyorican Poets Café
June 12 - 19; July 31 - August 5, 2012

The setting is a rundown bar in The Bronx, where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled adolescent son is being cared for by her parents. What follows is a sexual encounter, which inspires them to probe into themselves and each other to find forgiveness - and a future touched with hope.​

 

"The best theatre teases us with the knowledge of its artificiality, even while it pulls us into a state of credulous surrender. All evidence suggests this production, from OnTheRoad Repertory Company, is vividly wise to this understanding, and sharp about how to convey it."
- Geoffrey Paddy Johnson, The Happiest Medium

Cast: Joe Perrino and Allison Plamondon

Lone Star
by James McLure
directed by Alice Spivak
 
The Philip Coltoff Center
February 21 - March 7, 2012

Roy is drinking himself into a stupor, while his brother, Ray, attempts to pull him around. The two of them are set upon by Cletis, who has some horrible news. Physical violence erupts.​​

Cast: Bryan Schany, JT Patton, Mitch Allen and TK Durham as The Troubadour​

© 2017 by OnTheRoad Repertory Company, LLC

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