Cactus Flowers


CACTUS FLOWERS  is a reading series for short works in progress that combines top professional actors with our talented Axial Ensemble alongside special guest moderators to create a unique, curated conversation.  This is an ongoing conversation that focuses on issues of craft, playwright development, and/or professional development.  We are interested in works that invite or challenge the audience to consider how theater can be a tool for changing our world. 

Six of the best short plays will be chosen to be in a full production in April 2023 for a four night run.

Please visit the Cactus Flowers page for more information.

Axial Playwrights


AXIAL PLAYWRIGHTS is an opportunity for playwrights to have their new one act or full length work read and discussed for development purposes by Axial's ensemble and special guests.

Readings of new, full length plays in 2022:

Jan 17th: Sam Shepard's "True West"- Axial only

Feb 6th: Steven Louis Grush's "Feet of Clay" - Axial only

March 6th: Steven Seiffert's "The Atomic View Motel" - online


Susan Miller's "Census"

Howard Meyer's "Triple Womb"

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From a Zoom reading of "The Atomic View Motel" by Steven Sieffert

The Poetry Project


The Poetry Project  is a yearly project made as an outside-the-box film production.  This year we are thrilled to be filming a compilation of work directed by Cady McClain she is calling "Robust Admixture" - compiled from Westchester poet Laureate B.K. Fischer's novella of poems, "Ceive." 

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"Robust Admixture" is a compilation of work drawn from "Ceive" by BK Fischer.


On set photo by Brittany Grenado of Axial Ensemble Member Sandy Rooney

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Author BK Fischer