written and directed by Barbara Kahn
BALLAD OF BAXTER STREET recreates the notorious Five Points neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in 1855, steeped in diversity and full of the same prejudices that exist in today's volatile climate -- the place where "slumming" was invented. Street vendors sold everything from sand (yes, sand!) to hot corn to hand-sewn shirts; an Irishman and free-born African-American woman crossed a social and racial divide to marry; an orphan who was tricked into marriage to a much older widowed policeman fell in love with her husband's daughter; and the real life French actress Rachel Felix helped the two women while on her New York tour. The play also portrays the incredibly rich theatrical life on Broadway (below 14th St.) including a magician, musicians and a melodrama.
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Theater: Theater For The New City
Address: 155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
Buy Tickets Online or Call: at 212-254-1109