Cathy Lee Crane
Once upon a time, in 1915, a German saboteur arrived to Manhattan to interrupt the
export of American munitions to Britain. He soon finds a collaborator in a wayward
stevedore who unwittingly leads him to a group of labor anarchists. Sabotage and
betrayal soon turn these bedfellows into agents of the other’s tragic end. In the spirit of
a silent film from the era, this musical melodrama plays itself out through the
interaction of archival images and the theatrical rendition of lives as they might have
been lived on The Manhattan Front.