Our American Cousin – a play that will live in infamy

One of the saddest moments in American theater history happened on April 14, 1865 with the assassination of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln (he died the next day, on April 15th). Most people are aware of John Wilkes Booth’s infamous “sic semper tyrannis” bellow as he jumped from the balcony onto the stage. However, a lesser known fact is that Our American Cousin, by Tom Taylor, was playing at Ford’s Theater that evening. Lincoln was shot during the laughter that followed a very popular line in Act 3, scene 2 – “…you sockdologizing old man-trap!”
The page in the script that this line appears on is reproduced below. Click here to read the entire script, for free.