Past Performances

The Rest of Your Life
By Megan Mostyn-Brown
Directed by Drama Desk Award Winner Josh Hecht
Performed October 18 - November 3, 2013

Featuring Axial company members Adam Glatzl, Ann Gulian, Ryan Mallon, and Jess Erick and special guests Colin DePaula*, Flora Diaz* and Mackenzie Lansing

Defeated by the NYC dance world, Dizzie returns home to an underpaying babysitting job for a privileged over managed and brilliant, 9 year old. This darkly intelligent comedy forces its characters to face the imperfect world and it's imperfect relationships with all of their beauty and hardship.

Photo Credit- Leslye Smith

 

Axial Theatre Presents " The Rest of Your Life"



 

Staged Reading on the New Plays by Lloyd Pace.
Performed June 14th and 15th, 2013

These two new one-acts explore the comedic and slightly darker side of death and marriage. In Gone, the wife of the deceased and mother of two, asks the question: "Is he really dead (he better be!)?" And in the Wedding Duel we find out how getting married can be a downright dangerous proposition.

Directed by Axial Company Member Richard Manichello
Featuring Axial Company Members
Francesco Campari, Aisling Mulhern, Lori Franzese, Adam Glatzl, Gail Greenstein, and Ann Lilly

 

RADIANCE

Radiance artDirected by Christopher Grabowski
Featuring Obie award winning actor Christopher McCann (The Lights at Lincoln Center)

Performed May 2nd through May 19th, 2013

Interviewed in federal prison, Lindsay Kountze is forced to reexamine her life-altering choice and the events that preceded the 60th anniversary celebration of the Los Alamos National Laboratory: Billy Kountze, Lindsay’s dad and Group Leader at the Lab, has secured a long awaited promotion for his and Lindsay’s best friend Paddy Poweahla, but the promotion is not what it initially seemed. Paddy has been asked to head up the inspection of toxic waste pits exposed by the 2000 Cerro Grande fire. This ‘inspection’ proves to be a cover-up of dangerously high levels of radiation emitted by these pits. Lindsay, interning as an environmental geologist, has been assigned to study the reported effects of the radiation leaks at neighboring Indian reservations. Lindsay and Paddy find themselves caught between their devotion to Billy, Paddy’s reconnection to his native heritage, and the unavoidable truths that the cover-up is bringing to light.


Praise for Radiance!

RAVE REVIEW from the JOURNAL NEWS!

"[Radiance] shines thanks to spectacular performances by a four-person cast directed by Christopher Grabowski.…The chemistry between the actors is palpable. …Obie Award-winner McCann is transfixing…Cruz’s Paddy is a deeply sympathetic figure…Lauwers is superb. Rachel Ann Jones [is] funny, magical and hopeful.

By orchestrating such outstanding performances, director Grabowski… [creates] a concentrated emotional experience."

- John P. McCarthy, The Journal News

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Awake and Sing!
by Clifford Odets in a brand new staging.
October 18 - November 4, 2013

"Life is not printed on dollar bills"says Odets in this piece, and that's a central theme of this masterpiece, pointing toward the balance between finding work to sustain a family, and finding time to truly be alive. Odets also states"fate is your inner nature as it meets outside circumstances. Your own nature meets the natures of the other persons you are with. These interpenetrations make up your fate. Anything can cost you your life. Any simple little thing."These words feel eerily relevant as they relate to our current climate of economic uncertainty, where people's fates seem tenuous and relationships, inevitably, are put under pressure. And it is because of this connection to the current world circumstances that Axial feels strongly about producing this piece at this time.

Featuring Axial Company members:

Laura Credidio, Adam Glatzl, Ann Gulian, Mark Gorham, Gail Greenstein, Ryan Mallon, Ward Riley, and director, Francesco Campari.


L-R Sean Weil, Ann Guilian, Ryan Mallon
Photo credit: Leslye Smith
Adam Glatzl, Ann Gulian, Mark Gorham,
Laura Credidio, Ryan Mallon,
Sean Weil, Richard Manichello.
Ward Riley
and Ryan Mallon
Mark Gorham, Ann Gulian
and Adam Glatzl
Mark Gorham, Laura Credidio,
Ward Riley, Ryan Mallon
and Ann Gulian.

Photo credit: Zhanna Gurvich

Quotes

"I had the opportunity to see this show in preview last night. This is the best local theatre company I have seen in a long time. They actually are local actors, but they are also Equity actors for the most part. I was impressed and it takes a lot for me to be so inclined. The ensemble was excellent..."

Mary Crescenzo, Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch

"(Ann) Gulian shines in the play's lead role as Bessie Berger, the family's matriarch. Her character works tirelessly to keep her family afloat, while making sure it's done her way. Gulian talked about the uniqueness of her new role."

Christopher Michael McHugh, Ossining-Croton on Hudson Patch


Bob Plunkett, business expert at News 12, and Roz Abrams with Howard Meyer and
Director, Francesco Campari after a sobering post show discussion about the
economic parrallels between Awake and Sing! and 2012.

 

The Clearing
April 26, 2012 – May 13, 2012

The ClearingPleasantville, NY – The Clearing, a new play by Jake Jeppson of Yale’s School of Drama, will have its Westchester Premiere at Axial Theatre in Pleasantville, NY, Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Josh Hech. The Clearing tells the story of two brothers who climb to a clearing at the top of a gorge: a place to tell stories, to escape their dysfunctional mother, and to honor a buried secret from their childhood nearly two decades later. The sanctity of the clearing is challenged when a new lover enters their lives.

 


Mark Gorham and Francesco Campari and in a scene from Jake Jeppson's The Clearing. Allison Daugherty and Francesco Campari in a scene from Jake Jeppson's The Clearing.

 

Axial MayFest:
A Festival of New Plays
A weekend of workshop presentations of new plays

Axial Presents Script-In-Hand Stagings of
New Plays in Development
All pieces will be performed by Axial company members and special guest actors.

Friday, May 6th, 2011
Nectar
by Katherine Baldwin Eng directed by Josh Hecht
cast Laura Crededio, Rachel Ann Jones*, Gail Greenstein, Marisa Lowe

Audrey, a pregnant Midwestern housewife and Veronique, a famous movie star, find themselves in a chance meeting in a European city in search of a famous elderly writer they both have had affairs with. In Nectar, Katie Baldwin Eng takes a hilarious and magical look at the complex transition from life without a child to life with one, and also examines in hysterical fashion our very obsessive fixation with celebrity. Drama Desk award-winner Josh Hecht directs.

Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Searching for God in Suburbia,
by Matt Hoverman directed by Suzanne Agins
cast Ronan Babbitt, Mark Gorham*, Ann Gulian, Michael Holmes*, Heather Nicolson, and Sean Weil*

Matt Hoverman's (who's play Who You See Here is bound for Broadway under the direction of Christopher Ashley) collection of one-acts take a hilarious look at the foibles, myths, and obsessions of life lived in the suburbs. One of the one-acts in this collection, Indian Guys, was presented in Axial's Angels & Visions Festival in Fall 2009. Princess Grace award-winner Suzanne Agins directs.

Sunday, May 8th, 2011
JUMP
by Ryan Mallon directed by Francesco Campari
cast Mike Fox, Ann Gulian, Heather Nicolson, Ben Pagano* and Brian Pracht, Ward Riley and Clare Schmidt*

Axial Company member Ryan Mallon's fugue about the challenges of relationships at various stages of life. Three couples and an older man find themselves on a Hudson River bridge in various stages of relationship highs and lows. Each paring's situations are very specific, but how these couples' lives overlap and intersect provides the extra magic in this wonderfully crafted one-act. NYC Theatre Company FIXITSOLIFE Artistic Director, Francesco Campari directs.

Feathers Sometimes Soar on the Breath of God
by Ward James Riley directed by Laura Credidio
cast Dan Held*, Aisling Mulhern

In her own lifetime, the poet Emily Dickinson was completely unknown. Anxious for recognition, she sent samples of her poetry to a leading American editor and man of letters named Thomas Wentworth Higginson, whom she believed would help her achieve success. Years of correspondence culminated in a meeting between the two on August 16th, 1870. Whatever happened during that meeting no one will ever really know. What is known is that Emily Dickinson never attempted to publish her poetry again. In this one-act play, Axial Company member, Ward James Riley, through thorough research of their correspondence combined with a marvelous creative leap, imagines this meeting between Higginson and Dickenson. Axial Company member, and Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab member, Laura Credidio, directs.

Guest Performers will join Axial Company Actors Laura Credidio, Gail Greenstein, Mark Gorham*, Ann Gulian, Rachel Ann Jones*, Aisling Mulhern, Heather Nicolson & Ward James Riley on stage.

*Actors Appearing Courtesy Actors Equity Association.

Axial Theatre presented Taking Off for its fall production, opening
Thursday October 20th, 2011- Pleasantville, New York

Taking Off

Taking Off  is an evening of two one –act plays that center around the theme of what we reveal, what we choose not to, and the consequences that lie therein. Taking Off also plays with the double meaning of flight, in that there is bird imagery inherent in the staging of each play. Finally, Axial derives its inspiration for the evening’s title from Billy Collin’s magnificent poem Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes which reimagines Emily Dickinson in a private context, as does one of Axial’s plays!

Feathers Sometimes Soar on the Breath of God 

Feathers Sometimes Soar on the Breath of God  by Axial member Ward Riley was last seen as a staged reading during Axial’s May Festival. In keeping with Axial’s mission to develop and stage new plays, Axial has decided to give  Feathers a full production. In her own lifetime Emily Dickinson was completely unknown. Anxious for recognition, she sent samples of her poetry to a leading American editor and man of letters Thomas Wentworth Higginson whom she believed would help her achieve success. Years of correspondence culminated between the two on August 16th 1870. Whatever happened during that meeting no one will ever know. What is known is that Emily Dickinson never attempted to publish her poetry again. Through research of their correspondence and a marvelous creative leap, playwright Ward Riley deftly imagines this meeting between Dickinson and Higginson.

Actors are Aisling Mulhern as Emily Dickinson,
Stephaun De PauI as Thomas Wentworth Higginson
and Lori Franzese as Lavinia Dickinson In Ward Riley's play
Feathers Sometimes Soar on the Breath of God
Photo credit: Kathryn Neville Browne.

The Magician

The Magician, written by Axial company member Linda Giuliano , deals with a reclusive New Yorker in an encounter with an audacious  subway performer who ultimately teaches her about the importance of joy. Giuliano’s authentically lyric voice is always a favorite with Axial audiences.

Both pieces will be directed by Axial Company member Laura Credidio. Ms. Credidio (whose family are longtime Westchester residents and owners of the fabulous music venue and restaurant Twelve Grapes in Peekskill), hasvirtually grown up in the Axial company. She studied with HMActing (Axial’s theatre school) as a teen where she fell in love with theatre in all of its forms. The director, now residing in theManhattan, received her BFA from Syracuse University and has worked professionally most recently participating in Lincoln Center’s prestigious  Director’s Lab.

Axial presents For The Love of Money, it's first series of interrelated monologues. Company members present pieces from Katie Atcheson, Jessica Dickey, Gabrielle Fox, Linda Giuliano, Matt Hoverman, Tony Howarth, John Kuebler, Ryan Mallon, Carol Mark and Howard Meyer, exploring our collective relationship to money. The evening garnishes a rave review from Peter Kramer in the Journal News.

 

Welcome: This is a Neighborhood Watch Community
A New Play by Howard Meyer
November, 2010

An exciting premiere with innovative promenade staging

Directed by Drama Desk Award-winner Josh Hecht

Featuring: Jess Erick, Ann Gulian, Rachel Ann Jones, Ryan Mallon

Special Guest Performers: David Deblinger and Jon Lindstrom and Introducing Willa DeRose

 

L. to R. Guest Artists Jon Lindstrom (Emmy nominated TV and film actor) and David Deblinger (co-founding member of LABrynth theatre) conducting surveillance
Photo Credit: Leslye Smith
L. to R. Ryan Mallon in an intimate encounter with
Guest Artist Ryan Farley
Photo Credit: Leslye Smith
   
L. to R. Rachel Jones confronts Ryan Farley
Photo Credit: Leslye Smith
L. to R. Jess Erick attempts to seduce Ryan Mallon
Photo Credit: Leslye Smith

 

For The Love of Money
an evening of monologues about our romance with money.
May, 2010

Directed By: Howard Meyer, Rachel Jones and Laura Credidio
with performances by: Mark Gorham*, Gail Greenstein, Ann Gulian, Anne Lilley*, Ryan Mallon, Aisling Mulhern, Heather Nicolson, Ward Riley, Ryan Shams*
*Appearing Courtesy of AEA

Playwrights: Katie Atcheson, Jessica Dickey, Gabrielle Fox, Linda Giuliano, Matt Hoverman, Tony Howarth, John Kuebler, Ryan Mallon, Carol Mark, Howard Meyer

Production Stage Manager: Leslie Channell
Set Designer: Jacquelyn Marolt
Lighting Designer: Christina Watanabe

From L to R - Mark Gorham and Ryan Shams in The Pitch by Carol Marks
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
From L to R - Nora Matz and Gail Greenstein in The Currency of Youth by Jessica Dickey
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
   
From L to R - Mark Gorham, Ryan Mallon & Ryan Shams in Frugal Bastard by John Kuebler
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
From L to R - Ann Gulian in The Interview by
Gabrielle Fox
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
   
From L to R - Heather Nicolson in The Negotiation by Matt Hoverma
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
From L to R - Aisling Mulhern in RSVP by
Katie Atcheson
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl

 

Angels and Visions, An evening of One-Acts

From L to R - Ward James Riley in Ryan Mallon's
Woes of the Unwittingly
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
From L to R - Sean Weil, Francesco Campari, Eric Kirchberger, PJ Sosko in Matt Hoverman's Indian Guys
Photo Credit: Matt Hoverman
   
From L to R - Ryan Mallon, Michael Raymond Fox, Jess Erick in Gina Gionfriddo's Squalor
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
From L to R - The Axial Company (featuring Laura Credidio and Rachel Jones) in Adam Rapp's Train Story
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
   
From L to R - Brian Pracht, Gail Greenstein, Ward Riley in Ryan Mallon's Woes of the Unwittingly
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl
From L to R - Robert Kya-Hill, Misha Sinclair, Gary Biale, Francesco Campari in Jessica Dickey's Union
Photo Credit: Adam Glatzl

 

Cherrie and Jerry
by Howard Meyer

In this broad comedy, six “friends” from the old neighborhood are brought together by their unrequited longings for each other. In these unlikely encounters, what develops is hilarious and unexpected. This comedic romp explores the search for connection and what develops when we pick the wrong partners.

From L to R - Rachel Jones, Sean Weil, Brian Pracht
Photo Credit: Jill Treadwell
From L to R - Patrick Davin, Gloria M. Buccino
Photo Credit: Jill Treadwell
   
From L to R - Brian Pracht, Rachel Jones, Sean Weil
Photo Credit: Jill Treadwel l
From L to R - Jess Erick, Gloria M. Buccino, Patrick Davin
Photo Credit: Jill Treadwell

 

inside/out
what remains within?
what must come out?

To commemorate our 10th anniversary season, Axial presented 2 short favorites from the past plus 2 new short plays from the current New Play Development Series.


The cast of inside/out, Axial's 10th Season Opener!
seated, left to right: Gail Greenstein, Laura Credidio, Ryan Mallon, Howard Meyer,
Sara Carbone, Gloria M. Buccino;
standing left to right: Dale Furnia, Sean Weil, Cesar Leonardo, Margie Ferris,
Michael Raymond Fox, Mark Gorham, Cyndi Sciacca
photo credit - James J. Ferris

Babytalk
Junior
Left to Right: Sara Carbone and Cyndi Sciacca
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Phelps
Left to Right: Margie Ferris, Mark Gorham,
and Howard Meyer
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Phelps
   
The Shroud of Turin
The Ride
Gail Greenstein and Dale Furnia
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Phelps
Left to Right: Ryan Mallon and Laura Credidio
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Phelps

 

AngelBeast

AngelBeast, performed in the Spring of 2008, was written by Howard Meyer and directed by Mollie O'Mara. AngelBeast was met with a rave review by Bob Heisler of The Journal News.

AngelBeast cast photo:
Standing L to R: Finnerty Steeves, James Davies, Stephen Palgon, Rachel Ann Jones, Margie Ferris
Seated L to R: Michael Pennacchio, Charlotte Exton, Ryan Mallon, Quinn Warren
photo credit - James J. Ferris
AngelBeast in rehearsal photo:
James Davies and Stephen Palgon
photo credit - James J. Ferris
   
AngelBeast in rehearsal photo:
Ryan Mallon and Quinn Warren
photo credit - James J. Ferris
AngelBeast in rehearsal photo:
Stephen Palgon and Ryan Mallon
photo credit - James J. Ferris

Two Hearts: Chance Encounters and Unlikely Connections

Two Hearts: Chance Encounters and Unlikely Connections was performed in the Spring of 2007. Written by Linda Giuliano and directed by Stephen Palgon, Brian Quirk, Tony Howarth, and Howard Meyer, Two Hearts received a great review in the Journal News by Bob Heisler.

Two Hearts: Chance Encounters and Unlikely Connections cast photo:
Standing L to R: Rachel Ann Jones, Neil Mautone, Brian Quirk, Melissa Gerth, Ryan Mallon, Stephen Palgon
Seated L to R: Cliff Carpenter, Ryosuke Yamada, Margie Ferris
photo credit - James J. Ferris

Tunneling Through: Glimpses from the In Between

Tunneling Through: Glimpses from the In Between was an evening of six 10-minutes plays that went up January 2008. Written by Ryan Mallon, Rachel Ann Jones, Patrick Davin, Gabrielle Fox, Stephen Palgon, and Linda Giuliano. Directed by Stephen Palgon, Margie Ferris, Elizabeth Phelps, Chuck Bradley, Rachel Ann Jones, and Tony Howarth.

Robert Kya Hill in The Tunnel
photo credit - George Thompson
Gail Greenstein and Dale Furnia in Freedom Tower
photo credit - George Thompson