Press Release

Contact: Laurie H. Lewis
date posted: 10/4/2010



New Play by Howard Meyer Examines Today’s Dialectic:

The Influence of Money vs. the Power of Ideals

September 20, 2010— Money and success wield tremendous power in modern America. But compelling ideals and basic moral truths can be equally strong. In Howard Meyer’s new play, Welcome, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community, these forces collide in the affluent household of a hedge fund manager, when the 16-year-old son comes to admire a new teacher with ideas as influential as his famous name. The Axial Theatre Company production will be directed by Drama-Desk award winner Josh Hecht. Performances will run November 4th through November 21st (Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 4:00 pm) at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Sunnyside Avenue, Pleasantville, NY.

Set in a wealthy Long Island enclave, the drama centers on the power struggle between two role models— financially successful father and esteemed teacher cum mentor— and the impacts felt by the developing 16-year-old that lies between them. Hecht described what drew him to direct this piece: “This is a sophisticated, nuanced and funny play about children and knowledge— the knowledge we want them to have and the knowledge we fear they might obtain," he said.

Hecht directed the Drama Desk Award-winning production of Christine Jorgensen Reveals in 2006, which also received the GLAAD Media Nomination for Outstanding New York Theater. An accomplished director with numerous Off-Broadway and regional theater credits, Hecht also co-wrote and performs Inside/Out with Ping Chong and Company, which premiered at the Kennedy Center and played at TimesCenter Stage in NYC.

Axial Theatre Company, now in its 12th season, produces and presents new works for the stage. Welcome, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community was developed as part of the Axial writer’s workshop and was a featured in a reading at the Hudson Valley Writer’s Workshop in October 2009.

 “This play prods the audience to ask themselves, ‘Where is the healthy balance between financial and worldly success, and one's most cherished personal relationships?’” explained playwright Meyer. “In the midst of our recent economic climate, this seems to me to be a very important question to be wrestling with."

Tickets for Welcome, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community will go on sale in October and will be available through For additional information call 914.962.8828