Last Man Club

Coming Soon

Last Man Club

Axis Company's 20th Anniversary Season

Written & Directed by Randy Sharp

June 5 - 28, 2019
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8PM
Added Performance Monday, June 24 at 8PM

Adults $30; Seniors/Students $20; Artists/Under 30 $10; First Ten Tickets for each show are $10 | Veterans & Active U.S. Service Members and Their Families, FREE

The Dust Bowl: 1930-1939. While this period in American history has been mythologized for 82 years—the most famous images being bread lines and soup kitchens in the cities, and Henry Fonda in his jalopy, driving to the green fields of California—the truth is more complex and difficult to comprehend. The Great American Desert of the Texas and Oklahoma plains was an unimaginably blank landscape. Destroyed by the greed of wheat farmers who plowed under the bluestem and buffalo grass that held the dirt in place, the plains blew up into the air in dust storms that packed enough static electricity to power the city of New York. Ten years of drought marked by short rains black with soil made people believe they were truly witnessing the end of the world. For all the thousands who fled this terror, many refused to leave their dust covered farms, even after all the animals died and they were eating bitter roots to survive. Using any means necessary, Axis will bring the sensation of this period to the audience so they not only hear and see this truly American disaster, but feel it as well.

Last Man Club is about one of the desolate families who stayed. With no one else around for a hundred miles, Major's busted family lives in a one room dugout as he tries to reconcile himself to the fact that his own kin has taken the money and run. Out of the biggest storm in the history of the Dust Bowl—200 miles wide, 15,000 feet high—come two desperate men promising a way out. Their visit is a welcome break in the grinding routine of storm/quiet/storm/quiet that Wishful Hi, Saromybride and Uncle Pogord have endured under Major's iron, heartbroken hand. But did his brother really get out and away? Who are these people? Where'd that money come from? Will the machine work? Are there lights in the sky?

Running Time is approximately 65 minutes with no intermission.


Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, George Demas, Britt Genelin, Jon McCormick and Lynn Mancinelli

writer/director: Randy Sharp
dramaturge: Marc Palmieri
stage manager: Erik Savage
asst. stage manager: Laurie Kilmartin
light designer: David Zeffren
assistant light designer: Amy Harper
original sound designer: Steve Fontaine
additional sound design & score: Paul Carbonara
costume designer: Karl Ruckdeschel
design & set carpentry: Chad Yarborough
prop design/construction: Lynn Mancinelli
production assistant: Natasha Jacoel-Kaminsky
box office manager: Kara Kirby
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson
publicity/PR: Blake Zidell & Assoc.

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

2013 DRAMA DESK Nomination | Best Sound Design, Steve Fontaine






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 samuelfrench.com/playwrightswelcome.
“ ...(an) atmospheric, expertly structured one-act drama...the Dust Bowl illusion is masterly...(a) story of deception, despair and some surprising aspects of persistent hope.”
The New York Times
“Dust Settlers Follow a Storm”
—By Lana Bortolot, The Wall Street Journal
“...Axis Company offers a deeply unsettling sensory overload in their dark and disturbing play about die-hard survivors of the Dust Bowl.”
—Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
“If you are a student of theatrical design, a Dust Bowl history buff, or very drawn to the tragic, then this play is for you.”
—Huffington Post
“'The Grapes of Wrath' meets 'The Road Warrior' in the excellent Axis Company production of artistic director Randy Sharp’s 'Last Man Club'. ”
—This Week In New York
“'Last Man Club'...brings the audience into the heart of America's Dust Bowl in the 1930s...(a) superb production design...extraordinary...remarkable...the spirits, the moods, the notions of 'Last Man Club' and its people are authentic, no matter how far away from New York City in 2012 they may seem to be.”
—Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
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