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'Our American Cousin' staged reading by S.T.A.R. Sunday in Binghamton
Director Heidi Weeks speaks with WSKG's Gregory Keeler.
'Our American Cousin' staged reading by S.T.A.R. Sunday in Binghamton
Online interview audio now available Southern Tier Actors Read (S.T.A.R.) presents
A staged reading of
"Our American Cousin"


Sunday, April 3, 3:00pm
Phelps Mansion Museum
191 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

website: www.PhelpsMansion.org

Sunday afternoon, April 3, 3-5 p.m. Southern Tier Actors Read (S.T.A.R.), a local group of actors, will present a staged reading of "Our American Cousin," the play Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated during Act III, Scene 2 on April 14, 1865 in Ford's Theater, Washington.

Heidi Weeks is directing this farce written originally in 1858 by Tom Taylor, a British dramatist. The play is about a boorish American who goes to England to claim the family estate there. S.T.A.R. will enact a newer version which begins in 1890 with a garrulous old night watchman who sets the scene, in a second flashback, as it was April 14, 1865. This version also is partly the play that was given that night and partly the events of that tragic night. Of enormous assistance in preparation of this play was the Prompter's Copy of Taylor's script, giving stage directions and valuable information about the original production. This Prompter's Copy is in the NY Public Library Theatre Collection. Besides being a joint fundraiser for both S.T.A.R and the Phelps, it is one of two events commemorating the Civil War's 150th anniversary starting in 2011. $10 donation to attend. For reservations, contact Linda Biemer at (607) 648-8063.