New York City
Dead End, a seminal play by Sidney Kingsley, is about kids growing up on the streets of New York City during the Great Depression. It takes place in an NYC where tenement houses and luxury apartments stand side by side, and extreme wealth and abject poverty intersect every day. Gangsters and bankers, prostitutes and lost children, failure and dreams of the future all live on the same street. In her new production of the play, director Randy Sharp illuminates these stark contrasts with an understanding of their mythology as well as their resonance in the City of today. A hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1935, Dead End introduced a group of young actors who went on to appear in the film adaptation, which starred Humphrey Bogart. They also appeared in other movies, under monikers such as the Dead End Kids, the Little Tough Guys, the East Side Kids, and the Bowery Boys.
Note: Due to the configuration of the theater, Axis Theatre cannot provide seating to latecomers.