Westchester, New York Axial Theatre will host an evening honoring a pair of Westchester residents, Lisa Hertz of Hastings-on-Hudson and BK Fischer of Tarrytown (Westchester Poet Laureate), for their contributions to Axial Theatre and the Westchester community at large.  The November 11 event will take place at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining. 

Axial Board Member Bruce Apar (Yorktown) will guide the evening as Master of Ceremonies with Axial’s newest Board member Dan Walworth as auctioneer.

The Axial Auction is currently open for bidding at  and will remain live through the evening of the gala on Nov. 11.

Auction items include signed scripts by Axial Advisory Board members John Patrick Shanley and Craig Lucas; two-night stays at top hotels in Lake Placid, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans; rock climbing and skydiving; lessons in playwriting and acting; a signed limited edition of Jon Lindstrom’s novel Hollywood Hustle, and tickets to Jessica Lynn’s Christmas show.  

The evening will be anchored by a premiere of Axial Theatre’s first short film, Robust Admixture, a dramatic recitation of work from BK Fischer’s award-winning novella in verse, Ceive.  The film features members of the Axial ensemble and is directed by Axial Artistic Director, Cady McClain.  Additionally, a scene from Fool for Love by Sam Shepard will be presented – acted by Axial Ensemble Members Catherine Banks and Anthony Barresi, directed by Rachel Jones.

Where: Bethany Arts Community 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, NY 

When: November 11th at 7:30PM

Tickets: $50 includes two glasses of wine and an assortment of light fare as well as a copy of BK Fischer’s novella-in-verse, Ceive. Tickets are available through the Axial Theatre website: 


Lisa Hertz is a long time Westchester resident, having lived in Pleasantville, NY for 30 years. Recently, she relocated to Hastings-on-Hudson.

She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and continued her studies in acting at Circle in The Square; she also holds a Masters in Social Work from NYU. Later, she earned culinary certification from The Natural Gourmet Institute.

Her social work included working with parents whose teens were in residential therapeutic schools and programs, running support groups with Barbara Posner and Myrna Harris, and at Montana Academy. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher (500 hours) and teaches both group and private sessions; she is currently pursuing an even deeper understanding of the “mind-body” by studying Somatic Experiencing developed by its renowned founder, Peter Levine.

Lisa was a co-founder and long-time Board Member of the Jacob Burns Film Center and currently serves as a Board Member at Teatown Reservation. She volunteers at the Bedford Women’s Correctional Facility as a cuddler in their nursery.

Lisa found her theatrical home at Axial Theatre in 2003. Over the past 20 years, she has been deeply involved in various aspects of the organization – as a student, an actor, and since 2008 has served as a dedicated member of the Board of Directors.


B.K. Fischer is the author of Ceive, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award, and four previous books of poetry—Radioapocrypha, My Lover’s Discourse, St. Rage’s Vault, and Mutiny Gallery. Also the author of Museum Mediations, a critical study of ekphrasis, Fischer has published poems and reviews in The New York Times, The Nation, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, FIELD, Ninth Letter, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and a PhD in English and American Literature from New York University. She teaches the Comma Sutra in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University and is currently the poet laureate of Westchester County, New York, and an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. You can find her @bk_on_hudson or


Axial Theatre is a 24-year-old not-for-profit institution founded by playwright/director Howard Meyer. It is dedicated to supporting the professional development of the independent voice through audience involvement and is committed to presenting challenging and relevant theatrical experiences. The company and its productions have been reviewed in The New York Times and are supported by the William T Morris Foundation and ArtsWestchester among others.  Axial Theatre’s Artistic Director is three-time Emmy© winner Cady McClain and Associate Artistic Director is Nathan Flower of Ossining, NY. 

About Axial Theatre

Axial Theatre’s mission is to create and produce professional relevant, original plays in collaboration and to cultivate theatre artists through year round educational programming. We are committed to involving our audiences in the process of play development and accomplish this by presenting new works in the form of staged readings, workshop performances, and fully mounted professional productions. At the end of every workshop presentation we solicit our audience’s feedback in question and answer sessions. All classes, rehearsals for shows, and invited workshops take place at Axial’s home: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave., Pleasantville, NY 10570-3125 For more information please visit Email: Phone: (914) 286-7680