Our American Cousin
Composer: Eric Sawyer
Librettist: John Shoptaw
Other Artistic Personnel: Gil Rose, Conductor; Carole Charow, Director
Original Cast: Leading roles: Laura Keene, Harry Hawk
Work Web Site: www.ouramericancousin.com/site/
Premiere Date: June 20, 2008
Producing Company: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Description: 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.
Reviews: Clifton J. Noble Jr., The Republican; David Perkins, Boston Globe; Marvin J. Ward, Classical Voice of New England
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Chorus (16-24)
Orchestration: 14-24 players
Musical Style: extended tonality, combination of arias, ensembles, and through-composed
Contact: Eric Sawyer
Address: 104 Northampton Road
Amherst, MA 01002
E-mail Address: ewsawyer@amherst.edu
Phone: 413-256-8037
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