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The play Our American Cousin was written by British playwright Tom Taylor in the early 19th century Later his play was adapted and produced for the American audience by Laura Keene a notable actress of the time Keenes production of the play not only left a landmark in American Theater history but in American history itself The play made its first US premier in 1858 in New York Initially this play was written for the British stage however its most memorable performance took place in the United States On Good Friday April 14 1865 the assassination of the 16th President of the United States took place during the third scene Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Fords Theater in Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth an actor who did not agree with Lincolns politics Because of the tragedy that surrounds that memorable performance the play continued to be a success however the life of the play will have become short lived in comparison to its potential life span If it was not for the assassination this play would still be performed today on a multitude of stages in schools theaters and around the world Tom Taylor was brilliant when he sat down to write this masterpiece because it is a play that could be easily adaptable and appealing to a more contemporary audience The play not only tells the story of an American named Asa Trenchard who goes to England to claim an inheritance and ends up saving his relatives from a greedy financial agent it also incorporates modern issues such as language stereotyping culture and contemporary problems If this play were still being performed today audiences from around the globe would definitely find enjoyment in it One of the things that makes this play such a success is the whole concept of culture and its many facets For instance in scene 1 Florence receives a letter that is addressed from Brattleboro Vermont from Asa Trenchard
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