A Glance at New York (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

Written by Benjamin Baker | Directed by Randy Sharp

Conceived & Produced by Axis Company in Association with Scamp Theatre

August 3 - 26, 2007

Axis Company presents the revival of Benjamin A. Baker's 1848 A Glance at New York. The original production of this vaudeville play following the adventures of Mose The Fireman became the first true American stage blockbuster filling theatres for years. The Axis production is an experimental event adapted by the Company for a contemporary audience.

A Glance at New York is set during a particularly dangerous, raw and inspirational period in New York City history. It is an unmitigated conglomeration of historic filth and fury following the burly firefighter Big Mose. Known as the toughest man in the nation's toughest city, Baker's Mose was a brave trailblazer for a new kind of American theatre populated by recognizable street-familiar characters that spoke to the common man. 1848 vaudeville actors from this play have found themselves spat out onto the stage of a theatre in New York 2007. Are they historic ambassadors or panicked children on the run? Are they diseased slum inhabitants or master story tellers? What is there to guide them? Only the memory of their play and each one's love for the distant, forgetful city that threw them away.


Featuring: Brian Barnhart, Marlene Berner, Regina Betancourt, David Crabb, George Demas, Britt Genelin, Laurie Kilmartin, Lynn Mancinelli, Edgar Oliver, Jim Sterling, Ian Tooley

director: Randall Sharp
light design: David Zeffren
assistant light design: Amy Harper
sound design/music production & arrangements: Steve Fontaine
costume design: Lee Harper, Matthew Simonelli
sound operator: David Balutanski
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson
photographer: Dixie Sheridan

AXIS COMPANY
artistic director: Randy Sharp
producing director: Brian Barnhart
executive producer: Jeffrey Resnick
production manager: Ian Tooley
stage manager: Edward Terhune


Performed at ASSEMBLY ROOMS, George Street, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007

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

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

Special Thank You to the New-York Historical Society

PROGRAM NOTES
Axis Company presents the revival of Benjamin A. Baker's 1848 A Glance at New York. The original production of this vaudeville play following the adventures of Mose The Fireman became the first true American stage blockbuster filling theatres for years. The Axis production is an experimental event adapted by the Company for a contemporary audience.

A Glance at New York is set during a particularly dangerous, raw and inspirational period in New York City history. It is an unmitigated conglomeration of historic filth and fury following the burly firefighter Big Mose. Known as the toughest man in the nation's toughest city, Baker's Mose was a brave trailblazer for a new kind of American theatre populated by recognizable street-familiar characters that spoke to the common man. 1848 vaudeville actors from this play have found themselves spat out onto the stage of a theatre in 2007. Are they historic ambassadors or panicked children on the run? Are they diseased slum inhabitants or master story tellers? What is there to guide them? Only the memory of their play and each one's love of the distant, forgetful city that threw them away.


  • Ian Tooley, Regina Betancourt, Brian Barnhart - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Ian Tooley, Regina Betancourt, Britt Genelin, Laurie Kilmartin, Jim Sterling, Marlene Berner, Brian Barnhart - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Laurie Kilmartin, Edgar Oliver, Britt Genelin, Marlene Berner - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Laurie Kilmartin, Jim Sterling, Britt Genelin, Edgar Oliver, Brian Barnhart  - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • (Clockwise) Brian Barnhart, George Demas, Laurie Kilmartin, Marlene Berner, Britt Genelin, Ian Tooley, Edgar Oliver, Regina Betancourt, Jim Sterling - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Regina Betancourt, Edgar Oliver, Jim Sterling, Britt Genelin, Ian Tooley - photo by Dixie Sheridan




“... one of the freshest pieces of theatre on the Fringe ... Axis have created a new art form wholly specific to their city, which is always the central character. [4 Stars]”
—The List
“... stylistically impressive ... sumptuous costumes ... a polished cast, no-nonsense staging and the considered inclusion of two unpretentious musical numbers make for a satisfying piece of theatre.”
—Evening News | The Edinburgh Paper
“The fusion of vocally strong and physically stylised engaging performance from the maturely confident ensemble was operatic in style and flowed in a liquid-like seamlessness, evoking the authentic sense of the raw, tatty and dangerous world of New York in 1848 ...”
—Total Theatre
“... a vaudevillian quality and excellent costumes and make-up give a strong sense of the period ... There's a beautiful tableau towards the end when the company liltingly sings the Irish ballad 'The Star of the County Down', and moments of slapstick humour add attractive notes to the performance."”
—The Stage
“Sharp unfurls a magnificent, painterly canvas, on which mid 19th century New York is reimagined as a hyperreal Wild West of the East, where the rule of law is patchy at best, peopled with brawling villains in bizarre, dreamlike top hats ... visually stunning ...”
—Fest Magazine
“The style is all striking poses and declaiming in a stylised way ... to convey the alien, dangerous edginess of this world ... the costume design by Lee Harper and Matthew Simonelli is truly awesome.”
—OnStageScotland
“An interesting show in the Vaudevillian style is extremely well performed...”
—One4Review.com
“...there are lovely moments that hark back to New York's Irish underbelly: a stomping rendition of 'Molly Brannigan' and, best of all, a plangent, plaintive chorus of 'Star Of The County Down'.”
—Metro (UK)