Hospital 2008

Conceived, Written & Produced by AXIS COMPANY

June 5 - July 19, 2008

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM
Ep. 1: June 5-7 & 12-14; Ep. 2: June 19-21 & 26-28; Ep. 3: July 3-5 & 10-12; Ep. 4 July 17-19 (3 shows only)

Adults $12; Seniors/Students $6

New York runs on water. From the steam system that heats and electrifies the five boroughs, to the water that flows from millions of taps, without it there is no city. Until 1970 two ancient tunnels, both at least 73 years old, were the only conduit. As far underground as the Chrysler Building is tall, teams of "sandhogs" risk their lives digging the path for the new Water Tunnel #3. Every day, far down beneath the feet of all New Yorkers, below the subway and the sewer, the sandhogs live their days in a dangerous, subterranean universe.

HOSPITAL 2008 takes place in the aftermath of a catastrophic collapse of part of this tunnel. Three men are trapped beneath the city streets, in a part of the system that is unrecognizable to them. As they attempt to find their individual ways back to the surface, it becomes clear that something beyond normal comprehension may have occurred deep beneath the capital of the world.

Axis Company presents the 9th installment of its annual HOSPITAL serial. This episodic play examines the interior life of a man in a terminal coma. Entering this state in a different way every year, the audience travels with him as he lives out his last few days roaming the vast, dark interiors of his own brain. Although HOSPITAL 2008 is a serial play, each evening can be viewed separately as a self-contained, short play.

Featuring: *Paul Marc Barnes, *Brian Barnhart, *Regina Betancourt, *David Crabb, *George Demas, *Joe Fuer, *Britt Genelin, *Laurie Kilmartin, Lynn Mancinelli, *Edgar Oliver, *Marc Palmieri, *Tom Pennacchini, Jack Perry, *Jim Sterling, *Ian Tooley

director & original music: Randy Sharp
stage manager: Edward Terhune
sound design/music production & arrangements: Steve Fontaine
light design: David Zeffren
set design: Kyle Chepulis
costume design-stage & film: Matthew Simonelli
asst. stage manager: Marlene Berner
assistant light design: Amy Harper
assistant light design: Sonia Baidya
set construction: Josh Higgason
properties-stage & film: Alexis Weiss
asst. costume design-film: Elisa Santiago
cinematography: Ben Wolf
film editor: Laura Weinberg
sound technician: David Balutanski
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson
publicity/pr: Ron Lasko/Spin Cycle
photographer: Dixie Sheridan
box office/intern: Kara Hayes

artistic director: Randy Sharp
producing director: Brian Barnhart
executive producer: Jeffrey Resnick
production manager: Ian Tooley

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity

Angel Roman, Dept. of Environmental Protection - New York
Bob Diamond, Brooklyn Historic Railway Association

This production is made possible by a generous grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

The Producers wish to thank the tdf Costume Collection (NYC) for its assistance in this production.

Purchase: Plays and Playwrights 2009 | An Anthology
Edited by Martin Denton
Featuring "Hospital 2008" by Randy Sharp & Axis Company

  • Britt Genelin, George Demas, Edgar Oliver - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Atlantic Avenue Tunnel - photo by Axis Company
  • Laurie Kilmartin, Joe Fuer, Paul Marc Barnes, David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Marc Palmieri, Brian Barnhart, Britt Genelin, George Demas, Edgar Oliver - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Cast of Hospital 2008 - photo by Axis Company
  • Brian Barnhart, Marc Palmieri, Ian Tooley - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Paul Marc Barnes, David Crabb, Laurie Kilmartin, Joe Fuer - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb, Paul Marc Barnes, Britt Genelin, Tom Pennacchini, Laurie Kilmartin - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Regina Betancourt, George Demas - photo by Axis Company

“... a Lynchian balance of horror, humor and weirdness... leaves the audience amused ... ready to return for the next episode.”
“..arresting, thrilling, tantalizing, and—in terms of its physical production—spectacularly impressive.”
“(Hospital) is arresting, thrilling, tantalizing, and—in terms of its physical production—spectacularly impressive. ”
—All 4 episodes reviewed by Martin Denton,
“... a highly pleasing piece of absurdity.”
—British Theatre Guide
“... from scary to hilarious and back again.”
—NY Daily News
“... the annual production of 'Hospital' is one of the few reasons to stay in New York for the summer ... it is surprisingly bizarre, heartbreaking, and hysterical.”
—OBSCENE JESTER the performance art blog
WATCH HOSPITAL 2008 - Premise Film - Episode 1
WATCH HOSPITAL 2008 - Premise Film - Episode 2
WATCH HOSPITAL 2008 - Premise Film - Episode 3
WATCH HOSPITAL 2008 - Premise Film - Episode 4
WATCH HOSPITAL 2008 - Sandy Scenarios