Worlds Fair Inn

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Worlds Fair Inn

Limited Return Engagement!

Written & Directed by Randy Sharp

September 30 - October 23, 2021
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM
Adults $30; Seniors/Students $20; Artists/Under 30 $10 | Veterans & Active U.S. Service Members and Their Families, FREE | Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Required


“…a uniquely charming, deranged vaudeville act…writer-director Randy Sharp adeptly maneuvers between high and low comedy as she takes on nuclear annihilation, a different kind of rather effective serial killing…and melds Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, Oppenheimer’s Los Alamos, and Holmes’s murder hotel into a supremely funny and memorable show…as we finally emerge from this dark year, we may not have much hope for the future of humanity, but Axis gives us hope for the future of theater.” —THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK

Axis Company was proud to present WORLDS FAIR INN, one of the first in-person events in New York earlier this year, and are returning in September with this acclaimed production. WORLDS FAIR INN, an absurdist comedy written and directed by Randy Sharp. WORLDS FAIR INN takes inspiration from the failures and genius of three men: “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), American serial killer H. H. Holmes (1861-1896), and fictional scientist Victor Frankenstein. Featuring original music and sound design by Paul Carbonara, WORLDS FAIR INN is a tragically funny expedition into the subconscious of these three men and their tragic personal lives.

It is understood that when the first atomic bomb was detonated the world changed forever. The indivisible was divided, and the fabric of the universe was revealed. This creation would also destroy its creator, J. Robert Oppenheimer. After bringing to life an unstoppable force that neither he nor anyone could control he was removed from his own project and ostracized until he died alone. In television appearances he described himself as “Death, the destroyer of worlds” but he had brought to life a force that would never be imprisoned again. Frankenstein also created a monster that demanded his life, could not be confined, and eventually destroyed him. Another scientist in Chicago, H.H. Holmes, built a factory-hotel to experiment with human life and possibly create one himself. Like Frankenstein’s laboratory and Oppenheimer's Los Alamos, Holmes' "Murder Castle” was a place where the nature of existence itself was on the table for experimentation.

WORLDS FAIR INN is an impressionist explosion revealing these three minds and the forces that worked on them.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination and Face Coverings Required


Brian Barnhart, George Demas, Britt Genelin, Jon McCormick, Edgar Oliver

writer/director: Randy Sharp
stage manager: Regina Betancourt
asst. stage manager: Erik Savage
light designer: David Zeffren
asst. light designer: Amy Harper
costume designer: Karl Ruckdeschel
sound designer/original music: Paul Carbonara
prop design/construction: Lynn Mancinelli
photography: Regina Betancourt
set designer: Randy Sharp
research/dramaturgy: Andrew Dawson
set construction: Michael Birnbaum, Chris Bittner, Adam Couperthwaite, Jon McCormick
sound technicians: Chris Bittner, Michael Birnbaum
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson
publicity/PR: Everyman Agency

AXIS COMPANY
Artistic Director - Randy Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick

Running Time is approximately 50 minutes. There is NO intermission.
Strobe lights are used in the production.

PLEASE NOTE
Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination and Face Coverings Required
We are thrilled to be welcoming you back again to in-person events at Axis! Our utmost priority is the health and safety of our staff, artists, and audiences.

Axis requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for all visitors and staff. We are continually adapting our policies in adherence with the most up-to-date health and safety protocols.


  • Jon McCormick, Edgar Oliver, Brian Barnhart, George Demas - photo by Regina Betancourt
  • Jon McCormick, Britt Genelin, Brian Barnhart - photo by Regina Betancourt
  • Britt Genelin, Edgar Oliver - photo by Regina Betancourt
  • Edgar Oliver, Jon McCormick, George Demas, Brian Barnhart - photo by Regina Betancourt
  • Edgar Oliver, Brian Barnhart, George Demas, Jon McCormick - photo by Regina Betancourt
  • Edgar Oliver, Britt Genelin - photo by Regina Betancourt




Playwrights Welcome is a new program developed for Dramatists Guild of America Members by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists. We are invested in the success and artistic health of our industry's writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre. We're also aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grow as artists.

Axis Company is proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome at our theater, please contact us at info@axiscompany.org or by calling (212) 807-9300 (leaving a message in the general mailbox). Note that writers must present their Dramatists Guild membership card when requesting a ticket.

For more information on this national program, and to learn which theaters around the country are involved, please visit concordtheatricals.com/resources/playwrights-welcome.
“…a uniquely charming, deranged vaudeville act…writer-director Randy Sharp adeptly maneuvers between high and low comedy as she takes on nuclear annihilation, a different kind of rather effective serial killing…and melds Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, Oppenheimer’s Los Alamos, and Holmes’s murder hotel into a supremely funny and memorable show…as we finally emerge from this dark year, we may not have much hope for the future of humanity, but Axis gives us hope for the future of theater.”
—THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK
“...the production, directed by Sharp, features a game cast, and welcome stage design. Paul Carbonara’s original music and sound design stand out. Everything about Sharp’s set, Karl Ruckdeschel’s costumes and Lynn Mancinelli’s props — red whiskey bottles. A neon sign! A workable crank! – palpably drive home how wonderful it is to return to three dimensions.”
—New York Theater
“It’s a fever dream of a play, which sustains a dreamlike state through its stylish staging and design elements (lighting, sound/music, costumes, and sets are all thoughtfully considered and expertly realized). The excellent cast, which includes singular downtown actor Edgar Oliver, delivers the play’s recurring motifs with hypnotic precision.”
—Interludes
“…(a) grotesquely funny atmosphere…that is part of the Guignol tradition…check out this lovely strange show.”
—HI Drama
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