Conceived by Axis Company

Directed by Randy Sharp

October 3 - 27, 2018

Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm
Added Performance Monday, Oct. 8 at 8PM; No Performance Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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

Axis Company presents HIGH NOON, a limited encore engagement of their adaptation of the screenplay for the 1952 Western film, devised by an ensemble led by Artistic Director Randy Sharp. The play returns following an acclaimed first run in January of this year. TheaterMania called it an “onstage anxiety dream [that] forces us to reexamine what really is the ‘right thing’” and “couldn't be timelier as we reexamine political authority and who has the legitimacy to wield it.” This Week in New York wrote that High Noon “transforms a classic American Western into an existential purgatory…Waiting for Godot meets Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter.” Arts Journal deemed it a “provocative, complicated nexus of ideas—the sort that’s possible off-off-Broadway.”

In this interpretation of HIGH NOON, the Wild West is not the place of heroes and adventure, but a landscape of overbearing nothingness where humans, and their moral conflicts, are cast in glaring light. As the town awaits the alleged return, and savage revenge streak, of a murderer on the noon train, their marshal desperately tries to rally support and save his own life.

Featuring: 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
Properties Designer: Lynn Mancinelli
Composer/Sound Designer: Paul Carbonara

For more information and to reserve a Veteran ticket please email INFO@AxisCompany.org. PLEASE NOTE: There are some brief LOUD noises and STROBES used in this production.

  • Jon McCormick, Britt Genelin - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Jon McCormick, Britt Genelin, Phil Gillen, George Demas - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Brian Barnhart, Spencer Aste, George Demas, Phil Gillen, Katie Rose Summerfield - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Nicholas McGovern, Andrew Dawson - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Phil Gillen, Brian Parks, George Demas - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Andrew Dawson, Britt Genelin, Spencer Aste, George Demas - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Nicholas McGovern, Spencer Aste, George Demas, Katie Rose Summerfield - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Britt Genelin, Katie Rose Summerfield - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • The Cast of HIGH NOON - photo by Pavel Antonov

“… this onstage anxiety dream forces us to reexamine what really is the "right thing," and why an allegedly heroic marshal would find himself alone... 'High Noon' couldn't be timelier as we reexamine political authority and who has the legitimacy to wield it. While the original film presented a black and white tale of duty, Axis admirably paints in shades of gray.”
—Zachary Stewart
“There are more shadings here than there are in the original film and I think that really is something that is to be admired – the attempt to show that 'High Noon', though it’s a very well regarded movie… maybe it’s a little too pat and this one isn’t pat and it’s very eery… (with) very good performances… (it’s) surrealistic, impressionistic…”
—Peter Filichia, Broadway Radio
“Axis artistic director and founder Randy Sharp transforms a classic American Western into an existential purgatory…'Waiting for Godot' meets Clint Eastwood’s 'High Plains Drifter'…a kind of way station where there are no genuine heroes and everyone has to face their sins, both individually and as a community…(the) finale…(provides) a surprising, subtle twist…in this uncompromising morality tale about mid-twentieth-century America — and today.”
“The ensemble acting maintained a sense of truth amid such abstraction with line readings that put any number of moments in abrupt, sharp focus. The staging had a certain formality that suggested an element of ritual. After all, this story is cyclical, a constant churn of justice and the lack of it...I found (it) Brechtian, offering no release from the issues at hand. Any traditional ending would suggest that justice of some sort wins out... 'High Noon' became a dense, provocative, complicated nexus of ideas – the sort that’s possible off-off-Broadway.”
—David Patrick Stearns, Arts Journal
“You can drop kick any cinematic nostalgia of Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, and assorted bad guys back to 1952. Axis Theatre’s adaptation of Hollywood’s quintessential Old West showdown has been given a new, lushly surreal life with a company that paints the material and their characters with strokes of conflict—both internal and verbal.”
—City Guide New York
“A triumph of superior production design and physical staging…visually arresting…”
“…(a) tension filled 65-minute story where all the characters are dressed in black and dark grays immediately creating a sense of foreboding…the crux of this abstract, fantasy-like production examines right and wrong… The scary lighting effects are by David Zeffren, and costumes by Karl Ruckdeschel. Notable is Paul Carbonara’s sound design with rushing wind as tensions continue to mount.”
—Theater Pizzazz
“In 'High Noon'…the Hollywood Western meets 'Waiting for Godot', is an intriguing, at times unsettling evening of theater…director Randy Sharp has dug into Foremans’ screenplay, dissecting its emotional complexity…'High Noon' is a truly ensemble piece. The uniformly excellent cast often moves as one...beautiful, ragged music composed by Paul Carbonara plays in the background, perfectly evoking the spirit of what follows…lacking the trappings of a typical Western context, the performance focuses on the emptiness as much as the emotion. ”
—The Front Row Center
“Director Randy Sharp has reconceived the material as something of an existentialist nightmare…(and) zeroes in on moral conflict….(with) expressive lighting (David Zeffren) and eye-filling costumes (Karl Ruckdeschel). In short, this ‘High Noon’ makes a reasonable case for reinvestigating and reinterpreting beloved old movies.”
WATCH the HIGH NOON Encore Trailer