Coming Soon

HIGH NOON

Created by Axis Company

Directed by Randy Sharp

February 15 - March 24, 2018
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM
Adults $30; Seniors/Students $20; Artists/Under 30 $10 | Veterans & Active U.S. Service Members and Their Families, FREE

Axis Company presents HIGH NOON, an adaptation of the 1952 Western film, devised by an ensemble led by Artistic Director Randy Sharp. In Axis’ HIGH NOON, the Wild West is not the place of heroes and rollicking adventure, but a landscape of overbearing nothingness where humans, and their troubled moral compasses, are cast in glaring light. As a town awaits the alleged return, and potential revenge streak, of a released murderer on an incoming train, their just-married, retiring marshal decides to try to rally a crowd to fight him. Time cruelly continues to pass, and to presumably carry the dangerous figure along his collision course with the town and its former marshal, who considers, and over-considers, his very uncertain fate.

Sharp references the inherent theatricality of the story and structure of HIGH NOON, itself loosely based on the John M. Cunningham short story The Tin Star. Using the stylistic choices for which Axis has become known—avoidance of the artifice of staging traditions like costume changes, blackouts, and actors leaving the stage—HIGH NOON provides uninterrupted immersion into the tense world its narrative depicts in near-real-time.

HIGH NOON was a rare Western film that became controversial among genre-enthusiasts for its lack of an undaunted male hero. Tension in the play is not derived from guns, but from conflicting moralities and motives. Is the marshal attempting to commit a heroic act, or simply self-aggrandizing at the expense of everyone around him? Are the townspeople callously refusing his pleas, or calling out self-interest masquerading as bravery? While some may see a complex composite of bravery and fear, collective and self-interest in the protagonist, others may see the story of a lone figure determined to do the right thing, despite being surrounded by detractors.


Featuring: Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, Andrew Dawson, George Demas, Britt Genelin, Phil Gillen, Jon McCormick, Nicholas McGovern, Brian Parks, Katie Rose Summerfield

Production Stage Manager: Erik Savage
Asst. Stage Manager: Laurie Kilmartin
Lighting Designer: David Zeffren
Asst. Lighting Designer: Amy Harper
Set Designer: Chad Yarborough
Costume Designer: Karl Ruckdeschel
Asst. Costume Designer: Jess Gersz
Prop Designer: Lynn Mancinelli
Composer/Sound Designer: Paul Carbonara

For more information and to reserve a Veteran ticket please email INFO@AxisCompany.org.






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