June 20, 2008
Our American Cousin
Composer:Eric Sawyer
Librettist:John Shoptaw
Synopsis
The actors of Ford's Theater, among them John Wilkes Booth, assemble backstage. Rehearsal tension and intrigue erupt into a scuffle among the actors. Managing actress Laura Keene restores order and introduces President Lincoln to the theater audience as the curtain rises. The comic play provokes merriment and reverie, voiced in the Lincoln asides. At the moment of romantic denouement, Booth's gunshot sends the audience into a panic. Soldiers arrest the actors, leaving Laura Keene on her empty stage.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
extended tonality, combination of arias, ensembles, and through-composed

Vocal & Musical Forces
4 principal roles, 6 secondary roles, Chorus of 16-24, orchestra of 14-24 musicians

Original Cast
Leading roles: Laura Keene, Harry Hawk


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