• Dead End - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Dead End - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Dead End - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Dead End - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Dead End - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Dead End - photo by Pavel Antonov


  • HIGH NOON returns to Axis October 3, 2018. Tickets now on sale.



    “Axis Theatre’s adaptation of Hollywood’s quintessential Old West showdown has been given a new, lushly surreal life.” — City Guide New York

    Axis Company presents HIGH NOON, a limited encore engagement of their adaptation of the screenplay for the 1952 Western film, devised by an ensemble led by Artistic Director Randy Sharp. The play returns following an acclaimed first run in January of this year. TheaterMania called it an “onstage anxiety dream [that] forces us to reexamine what really is the ‘right thing’” and “couldn't be timelier as we reexamine political authority and who has the legitimacy to wield it.” This Week in New York wrote that High Noon “transforms a classic American Western into an existential purgatory…Waiting for Godot meets Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter.” Arts Journal deemed it a “provocative, complicated nexus of ideas—the sort that’s possible off-off-Broadway.”

    In this interpretation of HIGH NOON, the Wild West is not the place of heroes and adventure, but a landscape of overbearing nothingness where humans, and their moral conflicts, are cast in glaring light. As the town awaits the alleged return, and savage revenge streak, of a murderer on the noon train, their marshal desperately tries to rally support and save his own life.