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East 10th Street: Self Portrait With Empty House  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/22/08
Axis Company will present EAST 10TH STREET: SELF PORTRAIT WITH EMPTY HOUSE, a new play by and about Downtown performance icon Edgar Oliver. This look at a life on the fringes of New York's Lower East Side comes on the heels of what could be Oliver's breakthrough role in the upcoming film from Napoleon Dynamite's Jared Hess, Gentlemen Broncos, opposite Sam Rockwell as well as a national advertising campaign for mobile phones in Ireland that has become a cult phenomenon. Directed by Randy Sharp, performances begin previews November 6 with opening night slated for Novembr 8.

In EAST 10TH STREET: SELF PORTRAIT WITH EMPTY HOUSE, long-standing, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver takes the audience on a fantastic voyage through the strange rooms of the apartment house where he has lived since his first years in New York. Inhabiting the dark, mysterious halls of an East Village tenement building are a dwarf Cabalist, a possible Nazi, the landlord's former wet nurse who apparently lives in a nest of rags, and many other memorable persons. Edgar leads the audience up to the final room, his own, at the top of the derelict stairs, wherein lie the secrets of his own family and the unbelievable odyssey that brought him there. This incredible cast of characters illuminate the sad, funny, brilliant and deeply personal story.

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Levittown  | Open: 06/22/06 Close: 07/11/06
In the shadow of World War II, architect William Levitt envisioned a new American town in a Long Island potato field. After an extensive and spirited development effort, thousands of Levitt "Cape Cod" homes were built with scrap materials. Each carefully modeled home was designed to serve the needs of the modern family. They were sold for $8,000 to battle-weary GIs with the hope of a new life-and as a means of forgetting recent trauma.

At the opening of LEVITTOWN, it is nearly half a century later. When Kevin, the grandson of a combat veteran, returns early from yet another college, he learns that his deeply troubled sister is about to be married. With renewed hope, he attempts to reconcile his family with the abusive father who left them years before. Amidst the thin walls of their Levittown home, the members of this beleaguered family are forced to confront a concealed history and the failure of the tidy truths they have desperately embraced.

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Not Yet Diagnosed (nervous) 1918  | Open: 03/31/05 Close: 05/21/05
Not Yet Diagnosed (Nervous 1918) concerns the effects of the extreme shell shock suffered by WWW veterans following their service. Set in an allied trench during 1918, a small group of American soldiers wake to find themselves abandoned by everyone on the battlefield, including the Germans. On this desolate landscape everyone from the Army Photographic Corps specialist to the loneliest infantry solider tries to piece together what may have happened during the night? Were they left behind? Is the war over? Are they already home? Is there anybody out there? A multimedia piece
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Seven In One Blow, Or The Brave Little Kid  | Open: / / Close: 12/22/07
SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID tells the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with "SEVEN IN ONE BLOW" to commemorate the event. The Kid travels about through the snow meeting numerous colorful characters including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a Pea, December, a Witch, an Ogre and a Princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Along the way a few invaluable lessons are learned: an Ogre finds that you don't always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the Kid ultimately discovers that a parent's love and care has no limits.

The cast of SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID stars Abigail Savage, Marc Palmieri, David Crabb, Jim Sterling, Brian Barnhart, George Demas, Lynn Mancinelli, Sue Ann Molinell, and Edgar Oliver -- with a special on-film appearance by Deborah Harry. The production features costumes by Lee Harper & Matthew Simonelli, lighting by David Zeffren, sound/music arrangement by Steve Fontaine, and original songs by Randy Sharp.

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Seven In One Blow, Or The Brave Little Kid  | Open: 12/05/08 Close: 12/21/08
Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive winter play with music is conceived by Axis Company and directed by Randy Sharp featuring Axis' signature blend of advanced technology and live performance. This heart-warming holiday tale was created for kids, but adults can (and do) find their own level of meaning in the text (and subtext).

Set just before the holidays on a snowy winter day, SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID tells the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with "SEVEN IN ONE BLOW" to commemorate the event. The Kid travels about through the snow meeting numerous colorful characters including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a Pea, December, a Witch, an Ogre and a Princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Along the way a few invaluable lessons are learned: an Ogre finds that you don't always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the Kid ultimately discovers that a parent's love and care has no limits.
 

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Seven in One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid  | Open: 12/01/06 Close: 12/17/06
Axis Company presents its fifth anniversary production of SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID beginning December 1st. Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music is conceived by Axis Company and directed by Randy Sharp featuring Axis' signature blend of advanced technology and live performance.

Set just before the holidays, SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID tells the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with "SEVEN IN ONE BLOW" to commemorate the event. The Kid travels about meeting numerous colorful characters including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a Pea, December, a Witch, an Ogre and a Princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Along the way a few invaluable lessons are learned: an Ogre finds that you don't always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the Kid ultimately discovers that a parent's love and care has no limits.

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Trinity 5:29  | Open: 04/02/09 Close: 05/09/09
TRINITY 5:29 centers on J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. When Trinity, the first atomic bomb, was tested at 5:29am on July 16, 1945, Oppenheimer whispered a quote from Hindu scripture, "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." Less than a month later, two 20-megaton bombs were dropped on Japan, killing almost a quarter of a million people. Trapped in a desert of complicated regret, guilt and justification, New Jersey native Oppenheimer spent the rest of his life trying to decipher his actions. Using the form and structure of the medieval cycle plays, TRINITY 5:29 shows Oppenheimer’s journey as he remembers his girlfriend Jean Tatlock, the supposed Communist who committed suicide the year before; the arrogant, yet vulnerable General Groves, overseer of The Manhattan Project; and President Harry Truman, who pushed the button that started the end of the world.

TRINITY 5:29 stars Edgar Oliver, Marc Palmieri, Britt Genelin, and Brian Barnhart. The production features lighting by David Zeffren, sound by Steve Fontaine, costumes by Elisa Santiago, set by Kyle Chepulis, and stage management by Edward Terhune.

Through the careful utilization of various media, Axis Company has produced an eclectic series of original and published plays with highly advanced, state of the art technological components that enhance the internal meaning of the material. Past productions include Edgar Oliver’s critically acclaimed solo East 10th Street: Portrait with Empty House, Buchner's Woyzeck, Beckett's Play, Benjamin Baker's 1848 sensation A Glance at New York and the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kane’s Crave, starring Deborah Harry, in addition to numerous original works.

 

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