Last Man Club

Written & Directed by Randy Sharp

October 4 - 28, 2012

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays at 6PM
No performance on Sunday, October 7; Added performance Monday, October 8 at 8PM

$18 Adults; $15 Seniors/Students

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?

Featuring: Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb, George Demas, Britt Genelin and Lynn Mancinelli

writer/director: Randy Sharp
dramaturge: Marc Palmieri
stage manager: Regina Betancourt
light designer: David Zeffren
assistant light designer: Amy Harper
sound designer: Steve Fontaine
costume designer: Karl Ruckdeschel
design & set carpentry: Chad Yarborough
charge artist: Jaclyn McCarthey
assistant to set carpenter & charge artist: Mikey Bajor
set painters: Jason Yarborough, Caitlyn Allen
prop design/construction: Lynn Mancinelli
costume assistant: Britt Genelin
production assistant: Laurie Kilmartin
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson
publicity/PR: Blake Zidell & Assoc.
photographer: Dixie Sheridan
box office: Crystal Vagnier

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

Michael Beneville; Nichole Rosamilia, National Agricultural Library; Susan Fugate, USDA Agricultural Research Service; TDF Costume Collection; Laurie Kilmartin

  • Lynn Mancinelli - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Britt Genelin, Lynn Mancinelli - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Spencer Aste, George Demas, David Crabb, Lynn Mancinelli - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Spencer Aste, David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Spencer Aste, Lynn Mancinelli, David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Brian Barnhart, Britt Genelin - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • George Demas, Lynn Mancinelli, Brian Barnhart, Spencer Aste, David Crabb, Britt Genelin - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Spencer Aste, Britt Genelin, David Crabb, Lynn Mancinelli - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Britt Genelin, Spencer Aste, Lynn Mancinelli, David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • George Demas - photo by Dixie Sheridan

“...(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
“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,
WATCH the trailer for LAST MAN CLUB