Robert Emmet

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Full Title: Robert Emmet: A Four Act Drama

Author: Dion Boucicault

Debuted: Chicago, 1884

Description: This play is a fictionalized portrayal of Irish Nationalist and rebel leader Robert Emmet. Rebellions in the late 18th and early 19th century sought to expel British rule and restore Ireland as an independent nation; however, these attempts were unsuccessful and Emmet was captured and executed by British forces. At his execution, he delivered an eloquent, strongly patriotic speech that set in stone the manifesto of Irish nationalist ideology and granted him a semi-legendary status. Following his final days, Robert Emmet glorifies the naive yet noble aspirations of the young patriot turned martyr.Debuted by Irish immigrant, playwright and actor Dion Boucicault, the play only lasted two weeks before the high production costs forced him to shut it down.

This particular prompt book is unique in that in contains handwritten line corrections and stage directions by Boucicault himself, offering a rare glimpse into both his creative process and how it would have been performed on stage.