It's coming on winter in New York City, and Soapy is homeless. Desperate to find shelter, he decides to get himself thrown in jail, where he will have a warm place to sleep. But an increasingly humorous series of events - attempted vandalism, theft, and harassment - prove futile, thanks to the kindness of Soapy's intended victims. "The Cop and the Anthem" showcases O. Henry's mastery of the short story. Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross perform with a winning theatricality that evokes radio broadcasts of yesteryear, and their broad and booming styles underscore O. Henry's brilliant use of dramatic irony.