Axis' Latest, U.S.S. Frankenstein Gets Off-Broadway Contract

News   Axis' Latest, U.S.S. Frankenstein Gets Off-Broadway Contract The Axis Company, known for cutting-edge, often technology-driven productions of old and new dramatic texts, will produce U.S.S. Frakenstein, a new text created by the troupe, this fall.

The show is a step up of sorts for the company, as it will be produced under an Equity Off-Broadway contract. It will run Sept. 25-Nov. 15. The show, director by Randy Sharp, is drawn from an obscure event in U.S. military history. In July of 1945, an American cruiser class battleship sailed for the South Pacific. On board: parts of the atomic bomb that would be exploded over Japan soon after and, perhaps, one of the creators of that weapon, R.J. Oppenheimer. On the way back from its errand, the battleship was destroyed.

The play will examine "the nature of the atomic bomb itself" and "its effect on its creator, protectors and victims." Starring are Brain Barnhart, David Crabb, Edgar Oliver and Christopher Swift.

Axis is located at One Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village. Tickets are $20. Call (212) 807-9300.

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