The play, Our American Cousin, is about Asa Trenchard, a rough and vulgar American who has inherited property in England from haughty British relatives. Over the course of three acts, the plays follows Trenchard's interactions with lively characters such as Lord Dundreary, Florence Trenchard, and his romance with Mary Meredith. Written by Tom Taylor, the play first opened in New York City, October 15, 1858, at the Laura Keene's Theatre. It was a very successful play over the next several years, running for 150 nights in it's first run, then spreading throughout theaters across the United States. It played well overseas as well, running for 496 performances in London.
Below you will find:
The entire scriptof Our American Cousin (with the highlighted line of when John Wilkes Booth attacked in Act III)
Details on the cast and actors for each role
A recording of the play in its entirety, performed by Lost Plays. Recorded in 2010.
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