The Lind House and New Ulm Actors Community Theatre announce that the Alice Lind Play Reading Society will read Our American Cousin on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The reading starts at 7 pm promptly at the historic Lind House located at 622 Center Street, New Ulm, MN.
Admission is $5.00. Reservations are encouraged as there are a limited number of scripts available. Call (507) 359-9990 and leave a message that you plan to attend. You will only be called if there are no more spaces available. Refreshments will be served.
Our American Cousin is an 1858 play in three acts by English playwright Tom Taylor. The play is a farce whose plot is based on the introduction of an awkward, boorish, but honest American, Asa Trenchard, to his aristocratic English relatives when he goes to England to claim the family estate. It premiered at Laura Keene’s Theatre in New York City on October 15, 1858, and the title character was first played by Joseph Jefferson. Although the play achieved great renown during its first few years, and remained very popular throughout the second half of the 19th century, it is now best known as the play U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was attending in Ford’s Theatre when he was assassinated by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.