Axial Theatre Presents Cady McClain in “Shirley Valentine”

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September 28th, 2023



St John’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall 8 Sunnyside Ave, Pleasantville, NY 10570

Westchester, New York – Axial Theatre will present a performance of “Shirley Valentine” with three-time Emmy© winning actress Cady McClain revisiting the role she performed to acclaim at Cape May Stage directed by Roy Steinberg earlier this summer. 

This performance will be coached by award-winning Director William Roudebush and produced by Axial Associate Artistic Director Nathan Flower.

All proceeds from the performance will benefit Axial’s spring production of “Fool for Love” by Sam Shepard, to be directed by Rachel Jones with Catherine Banks as May, Anthony Barresi Jr as Eddie, Duane Rutter as Martin, and Bruce Apar as Old Man.

The Cape May Star and Wave said, “Cady McClain is masterful not only of her portrayal of Valentine but also of her distant husband, friend, and a half dozen other characters that she introduces the audience to in this not to be missed play.”

ABOUT CADY MCCLAIN (“Shirley Valentine”)

Axial Theatre Artistic Director was recognized by Deadline for being a history-making three-time Emmy© winner, acting as three unique characters on three different daytime shows. Cady studied theater directing with legendary artistic director of Ensemble Studio Theater, Curt Dempster, and acting for eight years with Master teacher Michael Howard. Her theatrical directorial debut was with Axial Theatre in Paint Made Flesh by Axial Founder Howard Meyer, presented at The Cell in NYC. Her film documentary, Seeing is Believing:Women Direct, won multiple awards including the Audience Award at the SOHO Film Festival and a Jury Prize at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It was released on regional PBS stations nationwide and the educational platform Kanopy.


William Roudebush (Director) Bill is currently a member of the Playwright/Director Unit at THE ACTORS STUDIO in New York where his artistic focus is new play development. Regionally, he has directed over 250 productions at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Play House, The Hanna Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Syracuse Stage Company, Theatre Virginia, The Fulton Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, GeVa Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mint Theatre Company, Miami Opera Guild, Palm Beach Opera as well as right here at the Hedgerow Theatre. His 2001Philadelphia production of EQUUS won five BARRYMORE AWARDS including Best Director. He currently lives in New York City with his wife actress Terri Garber where he writes, directs and coaches actors. His book ACTING BY MISTAKE is available at bookstores or online at where you will also find his website at


Nathan is the Founding Director of the Hudson Valley Moving Company(HVMCo) – a physical performance collective.  He is the Head of Movement Training at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio and is an Associate Arts professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he is currently the Program Director for the MSNR(Meisner) Studio @ Tisch Drama.  Nathan served for three years as Associate Chair of Tisch Drama.  As a Certified Williamson Practitioner, he has spent 20 years developing his own uniquely integrated process for movement training and physical performance as well as role-preparation/coaching for stage & camera performance.  Recent directing and performance projects include HVMCo.’s Maximum Occupancy (Industry City, Brooklyn) collaborating with theater maker Youlim Nam on her play New Year’s Day/Sae Hae (El Barrios Artspace), directing playwright Kate Benson’s new work, Where Are We Going? (Tisch Drama) and on-set physical coaching for season 5 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon).  In September Nathan is directing projects by Tara Meddaugh and Jill Maynard for the 2023 Aery Festival (Phillipstown Depot Theater) in addition to directing the staged reading of Craig Lucas’ Ode to Joy for Axial.  


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.


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

Axial Theater is a twenty one year old not-for-profit institution dedicated to supporting the professional development of the independent voice through audience involvement and a commitment to presenting challenging, intelligent, and culturally relevant theatrical experiences