Written by Georg Büchner

Directed by Randy Sharp

February 10 - April 1, 2000

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM
General Admission $10

Beginning from Büchner's terminal fever while writing the play, Axis replays the story of his common world's transformation into the nightmarish horror of Woyzeck's planet. The population of the author's daily life is re-born in each character of the play: his father becomes the captain who torments him, his wife a prostitute, an irritating passerby becomes his arch rival, his son an adult cypher. On the barren surface of his memory Büchner is forced to live out his last moments surrounded by monsters of his own creation.

Featuring: Brian Barnhart, David Guion, Robert Ierardi, Laurie Kilmartin, Joe Menino, Sue Ann Molinell, John Murphy, Jim Sterling

Director: Randy Sharp
Lighting Design: David Zeffren
Sound Design: Steve Fontaine

Design Crew: Kate Aronsson, Frank Hundley, Mark Spada, Kyle Chepulis

Additional Crew: Dan Killeen

Producing Director: Ami Armstrong
Executive Producer: Jeff Resnick

  • Robert Ierardi, Jim Sterling - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Jim Sterling, Robert Ierardi - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Robert Ierardi, John Murphy, Brian Barnhart, Sue Ann Molinell, Laurie Kilmartin, Joe Menino, Jim Sterling - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • John Murphy - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Robert Ierardi, Brian Barnhart - photo by Dixie Sheridan

“...Axis Theatre Company juxtaposes silent film (which tells Büchner's own story) with live performance (of the play itself) to create a compellingly unsettling evening. Robert Ierardi's increasingly baffled frustration as Woyzeck gives the play an emotional coherence that it often lacks, and the production, directed by Randy Sharp, reflects Axis's clear and powerful artistic vision.”
The New Yorker
“Director Randy Sharp takes a generally comic view of the play... the production is visually appealing and ably performed... (Sue Ann Molinell's) Grandmother's speech about an orphan child wandering the pitiless Universe is perhaps the finest, most Beckettian moment I've seen on stage all year. ”
The Village Voice