A Glance at New York

Written by Benjamin Baker

Directed by Randy Sharp

May 29 - July 19, 2003

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM
No Show June 28 or July 4

General Admission $20

Axis Company presents the first off-Broadway revival of Benjamin A. Baker's 1848 melodrama A Glance at New York. Set during a particularly dangerous and smarmy 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.


Featuring: Wren Arthur, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb, Joe Fuer, Laurie Kilmartin, Sue Ann Molinell, Edgar Oliver, Margo Passalaqua, Jim Sterling, Christopher Swift

Director: Randy Sharp
Production Stage Manager: Jared Abramson
Asst. Stage Manager: Kate Aronsson
Light Design: David Zeffren
Sound Design & Song Arrangement: Steve Fontaine
Production Design: Kate Aronsson
Set Construction: Kevin Auzenne, Noah Brown, Kate Aronsson
Set Painter: Valerie Hallier
Graphics: Ethan Crenson

Company Manager: Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer: Jeffrey Resnick
Box Office Manager: Cooper Vasquez

The Producers wish to thank the tdf Costume Collection for its assistance in this production.

This production is made possible by a generous grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.


  • Jim Sterling, Margo Passalaqua, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb, Edgar Oliver - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb, Brian Barnhart, Christopher Swift - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Edgar Oliver, Margo Passalaqua, Jim Sterling, Laurie Kilmartin, Joe Fuer, Sue Ann Molinell - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Jim Sterling, Wren Arthur, Christopher Swift, Joe Fuer - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Joe Fuer, Wren Arthur, Edgar Oliver, Margo Passalaqua, Jim Sterling, Christopher Swift - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Margo Passalaqua, Edgar Oliver, Jim Sterling, Wren Arthur, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan




“...(a) spectacularly clever, thoroughly original production by the enterprising Axis Company...”
—Backstage
“One of the most popular dramatic characters of the New York stage in the 19th century—and a figure almost completely forgotten today—was Mose the Fireman. Off-Broadway Axis Company will try to revive the memory of that urban Paul Bunyon with its new production of the 1948 melodrama 'A Glance at New York'.”
—Playbill