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The Axial Playwrights Series

safehouse (n) - a place where one may engage in personal, secret activities or take refuge - a shelter or haven

The SAFEHOUSE program was created and developed by Axial Artistic Director Cady McClain, playwright and Artistic Director of Shades Repertory Theater Samuel Harps, Axial Associate Artistic Director/director Nate Flower and playwright Evelyn Mertens.

Plays Read at SAFEHOUSE:

"The Death of King Shotaway" by Samuel Harps

"1 Letter Shy of Coincidence" by Chima Chickazunga


"About a Girl" by Jacquelyn Reingold

Aaron Mark's "Deer" directed by William Roudebush

Craig Lucas's "Ode to Joy" directed by Nathan Flower 

Howard Meyer's "Triple Womb" and "Raising the Ground, Lowering the Sky"

John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea"

Youlim Nam's "a connected place" at The Dramatists Guild

directed by Cady McClain

Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" directed by Rachel Jones

Sam Shepard's "True West"

Steven Louis Grush's "Feet of Clay"

Steven Seiffert's "The Atomic View Motel"

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Axial Theatre is proud to provide acting classes and readings for the community at Willow Towers Senior Center. We recently partnered with GoJo Clan Productions and M&M Performing Arts Company for readings of Duck Variations by David Mamet and Dream Lovers by Albi Gorn.

Axial Theatre Ensemble Member Sandy Rooney is now providing monthly acting classes to the Willow Towers Community..


Willow Towers: Play Readings

The Poetry Project

The Poetry Project  is a yearly project made as an outside-the-box short film production.  


Axial Theatre has co-produced a short film directed by Cady McClain titled "Robust Admixture" - compiled from work by Westchester poet Laureate B.K. Fischer's novella of poems, "Ceive." The film shares the power of poetry to inspire works of art that bring awareness to the issues of climate change, gun violence, and viral pandemics.


The film is now complete and available on our website. If you are interested in showing the film, please reach out to our Artistic Director at

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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

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