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The Poor of New York
Metropolitan Playhouse
New York, NY
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The Poor of New York
The Poor of New York
by Dion Boucicault

Just before the financial crash of 1837, a sea captain entrusts his fortune to an unscrupulous banker. Twenty years later, the banker has grown rich off the other man's money, when a second crash takes the captain's family only means of support.  Their lives intertwined with a young aristocrat, an immigrant family, and the shady, whimsical, opportunistic thief, Badger, all struggle with newfound poverty. But in the melodramatic universe, deliverance comes from unexpected places.

In the spirit of Dickens and Hugo, Boucicault staged social problem plays with outsized villains, inspirational heroes, and comic theatrical flare that defined the best of the age.  Set in the notorious Five Points neighborhood of the Lower East Side, The Poor of New York confronts real social crises with optimism and sympathy that titillate and provoke 160 years after it's premiere.


Tess Frazer
SJ Hannah
Luke Hofmaier
Teresa Kelsey
John Long
Jon Lonoff
Robert Mackasek
Alexandra O'Daly
Eric Emil Oleson
David Logan Rankin
Benjamin Russell
Jo Vetter

Directed and Designed by  Alex Roe
Music Direction:  Trevor St. John-Gilbert
Costume Design:  Sidney Fortner
Lighting Design:  Christopher Weston

Ticket purchases are non-refundable, and tickets will be forfeit and offered to waiting patrons 5 minutes before performance time.


Metropolitan Playhouse (View)
220 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10009
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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