Solitary Light
September 10 - October 4
Saturday Matinee
Saturday Evening
Sunday Matinee
Sunday Evening

Axis Company presents

Directed by Randy Sharp
Music and Lyrics by Randy Sharp & Paul Carbonara

"...lyrical and gentle...restrained... the clear, unforced singing, accompanied by a quartet of musicians, is affecting." —The New Yorker

" will astound you with its uncommon beauty...everyone in the ensemble sings like an angel...among the most beautiful music heard on the New York stage this season..." —Theatermania
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"Solitary Light burns incandescently...a remarkable new work...extraordinary..." —Broadway After Dark
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"...the production is beautiful and strong...Randy Sharp and Paul Carbonara's score is breathtaking...Lynn Mancinelli's choreography creates art out of the movements of factory workers, making the ordinary into something epic...David Zeffren's superb lighting design (is) a bold design that should be applauded." —New York Theatre Review
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"...this is a work to be experienced...everything about the production contributes to the ethereal atmosphere...a delicately sculpted and nuanced..." —Talkin Broadway
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On March 25, 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on Greene Street was engulfed in flames. On the 8th and 9th floors all the doors were locked form the outside to prevent employees from discussing unionism in the hallways, to discourage suspected theft and to ensure a full days work from the essentially enslaved seamstresses. 146 people died in this disaster. Some stood at windows begging to be saved. Some tried to climb down the fire escape that immediately collapsed because no one had wanted to pay for its repair. Some tried the elevator that was valiantly operated until it could no longer rise because of the weight on its roof of girls who had jumped into the shaft.

Solitary Light tells a story through the eyes of those who witnessed New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that resulted in the death of 146 people in 1911. It depicts the lives of Frank and Louise, two young politically minded immigrant workers in love, as they navigate the financially strapped owners and the incredibly rich families of 1911 New York who had little concept of the horrors of the working class experience. The streets of lower Manhattan in the early 20th century and the fascinating stories that happened there are carefully recreated in a manner that will bring this turning point in history to life on stage. How did a disaster like this happen? How is it possible that it still occurs in factories all over the world?

Featuring Spencer Aste, Shira Averbuch, Mara Beier, Dewey Caddell, George Demas, Emily Kratter, Lynn Mancinelli, Stephanie Regina and Jared Young

September 10 - October 4, 2014
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm
Added performance on Monday, September 15 at 8pm

Producer    Brian Barnhart
Lighting Designer    David Zeffren
Choreographer    Lynn Mancinelli
Costume Designer    Karl Ruckdeschel
Sound Designer    Steve Fontaine
Set Construction/Design    Chad Yarborough
Stage Management    Regina Betancourt
Dramaturge    Marc Palmieri
Vocal Coach    Andrew Byrne
Paul Carbonara    Guitar
Andy Burton    Piano
Hajnal Pivnick    Violin
Sam Quiggins    Cello

Adults – Regular $40
Seniors/Students $30

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Tickets for Solitary Light are available through  ovation tix
or over the phone: (212) 352-3101

Due to the intimate nature of the show, late seating is only possible during the intermission