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    A Glance at New York

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    The first Off-Broadway revival of Benjamin A. Baker's 1848 melodrama A Glance at New York since the end of the Civil War. The original production of this short play which follows the exploits of Mose The Fireman became a huge cult hit and spawned many imitation "Mosaic" plays, as they became known. The Axis production, beginning performances May 19th, is adapted and directed by Randy Sharp using music and mixed-media. Opening night is scheduled for Saturday, June 7. A Glance at New York will be produced under an Equity Off-Broadway contract. A Glance at New York is set during a particularly dangerous and raw period in New York City history. The play is an unmitigated conglomeration of vulgarity and illiteracy following a burly firefighter named Big Mose. Known as the toughest man in the nation's toughest city, Mose spends much of his time beating whomever is in his path before rushing off to rescue a screaming innocent from a burning tenement. Benjamin A. Baker was a volunteer fireman with Old Engine Co. #15 who worked as an actor and prompter at Mitchell's Olympic Theater (on Broadway between Howard & Grand Street — where A Glance at New York was originally staged). He based A Glance at New York on a real-life fireman, Moses Humphrey, an Irish printer employed byThe New York Sun and a volunteer fireman. After the overwhelming success of A Glance at New York, Baker again used Mose as the central character in New York as It Is (1848), and the interest in it was capitalized immediately by other writers and actors.

    Dates:  May 29, 2003 - July 19, 2003
    Venue:  Axis Theater, 1 Sheridan Square near 7th Ave.
    Price:  $20
    Company:  Axis Company
    Tickets/info:  (212) 807-9300

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