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The Octoroon Or, Life in Louisiana: A Play in Five Acts Dion Boucicault

The Octoroon Or, Life in Louisiana: A Play in Five Acts

Dion Boucicault

Published June 26th 2014
ISBN : 9781500326814
Paperback
52 pages
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The Octoroon is a play by Dion Boucicault, which opened in 1859 at The Winter Garden Theatre, New York City. Extremely popular, the play was kept running continuously for years by seven road companies. Among antebellum melodramas, it was consideredMoreThe Octoroon is a play by Dion Boucicault, which opened in 1859 at The Winter Garden Theatre, New York City. Extremely popular, the play was kept running continuously for years by seven road companies. Among antebellum melodramas, it was considered second only in popularity to Uncle Toms Cabin. Boucicault adapted the play from the novel The Quadroon by Thomas Mayne Reid (1856). It concerns the residents of a Louisiana plantation called Terrebonne, and sparked debates about the abolition of slavery and the role of theatre in politics. It contains elements of Romanticism and melodrama. The word octoroon means one-eighth black. Half black is a mulatto, a quarter black is a quadroon. The Oxford English Dictionary cites The Octoroon with the earliest record of the word mashup with the quote: He dont understand- he speaks a mash up of Indian, French, and Mexican. (Boucicaults manuscript actually reads Indian, French and Merican. The last word, an important colloquialism, was misread by the typesetter of the play.)