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Axial Theatre’s “March Madness”


MARCH MADNESS Is Virtual Showcase of Monologues and 

One-Acts Celebrating the Shapes and Shades of Love 

VIRTUAL – Axial Theatre has announced the line-up of short plays and monologues for March Madness, an all-virtual seasonal tribute to love and lovers. 

The 13 original one-acts and monologues, presented as two separate bills of plays, will probe the depths of joy, despair and everything in-between that follows when Cupid’s arrows strike – or miss their mark.  

The first bill of plays, collectively themed “It Takes Two, Baby” (Program A), debuts 8 pm on Friday, March 19, and will be available until March 26. 

The second bill, themed “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Program B), debuts 8 pm on Friday, March 26, and will be available for streaming through Thursday, April 1, 2021. 

All tickets can be purchased at for $20, which entitles the ticket holder to watch all 13 plays on both of the bills.

For more information > 914-286-7680;  

The festival is produced by Axial Theatre Artistic Director Catherine (Cat) Banks and co-produced by Virginia Reynolds. 

The two bills are …

Available for streaming March 19-25
“It Takes Two, Baby” (Program A)

The Rub 
Office romances are truly the stuff of dreams. By Albi Gorn, directed by Robin Joseph. Jeff – Gary Simon, Marieke – Jacqueline Anne Smith.

Nine Months Ago
An earnest and kind-hearted middle-aged man, looking for his soul mate and a family, is on a first date with an off-the-wall woman … who is very pregnant. By Nick DeSimone, directed by Lori Lowe. Mel – Mike Roche, Cynthia – Lucy Lavely, Waiter – Gary Geller.

I’ll Get the Wine  
A married couple looking to spice up their love life turns to Oprah for some tips. By Carol Mark, directed by David Fritsch. Sara – Jaime Babbit, Jim – Chris McLaughlin.

The Other Other Man 
A distraught husband accuses his neighbor of infidelity only to find they have something important in common. By Carol Mark, directed by Catherine Banks. Colin – David Cohen, Mike – Harry J. Copley.

Heartbreak on Board 
Peggy Sue’s passions for cars, a special guy, and poetry have collided. By Linda Delaney, directed by Catherine Banks. Peggy Sue – Sabrina Fuchs.

Nothing Happened 
Can a bruised couple survive a transgression – or will misdeeds and memories rule the day? By Evelyn Mertens, directed by Virginia Reynolds. Paul – Dan Walworth, Lexi – Marilyn Collazo.

COVID Singles Meet 
“You had me at bon jour.” By Susan Ward & Julie Griffin, directed by Catherine Banks. Cathy – Susan Ward, Julie – Julie Griffin.

Available for streaming March 26-April 1
“I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Program B)


Excerpt from the award-winning Off-Broadway solo show Wasbian, a shameless exploration of what it is to search for love — and sex. By Susan Ward, directed by Laura Gardner. Susan Ward.

Panty Wear
Leonard has a strange fetish. Once his girlfriend Jilly gets a whiff, she quickly noses around, following the scent to discover what stinks—or doesn’t! Written and directed by Wayne Paul Mattingly, co-directed by Quinn Warren. Leonard – Matt Austin, Jilly – Heather Haneman.

Stiff Upper Lip 
Is heaven what you make it? Do appearances count when you go to meet your maker? Walt and Wendy explore their options for the hereafter while still in the here and now. By James Balestrieri, directed by Virginia Reynolds.

Wendy – Gail Greenstein, Walt – Jeff Schlotman, Padre -Michael E. Boyle, Jr.  

The Color Enthusiast 
Why is Emma dressed in a large black garbage bag for her Valentine’s Day celebratory dinner? By Bara Swain, directed by Catherine Banks. Larry – Jeff Callan, Emma – Jenn Bedell.

It’s Just Us, Bro, On Valentine’s Day 

Brothers George and Mike spend another Valentine’s dinner together discussing life, love and the internet dating scene. By Stephen Baluzy, directed by Rachel Jones. Mike – Anthony Barresi, Jr., George – Michael E. Boyle, Jr.


When love is love, it works in mysterious ways, and can last longer than a lifetime. Based on a true story. By Virginia Reynolds, directed by Rachel Jones. Virginia – Catherine Banks, Louise – Sandy Rooney.

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Founded in 1999, Axial Theatre is a professional theater company that presents contemporary theatrical hits, timeless stage classics, and original works, in mainstage spring and fall productions, plus a series of book-in-hand staged readings, and a bi-monthly Sunday Writers Series for play development. Axial’s affiliated Howard Meyer Acting Program offers acting classes for tweens through adults, as well as workshops for voice, movement, auditions and improvisation. Playwriting classes are also offered. 

Evelyn Mertens

914.762.6429; 914.263.9129 (mobile)

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Bruce Apar
914.275.6887 (cell)

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