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Student Performance Workshop to Showcase Works of Axial Playwrights

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Axial TheaterAxial Theatre’s Student Performance Workshop presents two parallel programs this month titled “At the Intersection of Love and Birth” and “At the Intersection of Love and Death.” For the first time, these productions will be a collaborative effort between students of HMActing and new and emerging playwrights who are members of the Axial community. The students will perform in one-acts written by playwrights selected from Axial’s biweekly Sunday Writers Series, a developmental lab comprised of actors and writers, or recent graduates of the playwriting program run by AxialArtistic Director and head of HMActing Howard Meyer. Meyer created a trilogy of pieces expressly for the summer workshop. All shows are directed by Rachel Jones; Lori Lowe, stage/TV/film actor, director, and private coach; and Jess Erick, a faculty member at HMActing and an actor, playwright and singer/songwriter.

Performances will take place at the theatre company’s space at 8 Sunnyside Ave., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Pleasantville. Showtimes for “At the Intersection of Love and Birth” are Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.; “At the Intersection of Love and Death” are Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Suggested donation: $15. For information call 914-286-7680 or contact

The cast, front row: Lori Sachare, Laurie Bonante, Andrea Aboulafia, Cornelia Groeger; middle row: Judy Permutt, Dianne Roxy Pennington, Rebecca Balbach, Brenda Hettmansberger, Rofa Abayon; back row: Anthony Barresi Jr., Dan Forman, Chris Bryant, Dan Walworth.  Emily Feher Photo

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