In 1999, my business partner Michael Smythe and I renovated an old comedy club that had been shuttered for ten years (The Last Laugh) into the stunning state-of-the art loft theatre venue you see in these first two photos. We called our theatre company, performance and meeting space, Theatre On San Pedro Square (TOSPS)— “The Meeting Place That Performs.”

TOSPS was located upstairs at 17 North San Pedro Square in Downtown San Jose, California. As the co-founder of the TOSPS venue, and as the Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre On San Pedro Square Theatre Company from 1999 to 2008, I co-produced, presented, and/or directed over 50 professional theater, music, and dance productions. Here are some photos of the venue and some of our past productions.

TSP 03 interior 1b

TSP 03 stage1b

Theatre On San Pedro Square
A World Premiere Musical
Romeo and Juliet: A Most Excellent Tragedy
Adapted and Directed from Shakespeare by Gary De Mattei
With an original musical score by Ed Goldfarb
Pictured Here (L to R): James Monroe Iglehart (Friar Laurence) and Tony Panighetti (Romeo)
Photo Credit: Marty Sohl
Production Dates: June 21 — July 23, 2000

The show got great reviews and ran for almost a year with several different casts. Here’s one of the reviews and some photos of the original cast.