Boucicault, Dion


Boucicault, Dion
(1820-1890)
   Born Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot in Dublin, the colorful actor, manager, and prolific playwright launched his career in London. From 1853, he made his career in America, managing various theatres in New Orleans and New York, and touring with his own company. He wrote a steady stream of plays, many of which were cribbed from French sources. Nevertheless, Boucicault had a good sense of what the public wanted and the dramatic skills and theatrical flair to create remarkably successful melodramas. He often used Irish themes and settings, incorporating gripping suspense and dazzling sensations. The best of his 200 or so plays were written before the modernist era, but were frequently performed well into the 20th century, including The Streets of New York (1857), The Octoroon (1859), The Colleen Bawn (1860), Rip Van Winkle (1865, for Joseph Jefferson III), and The Shaughran (1874).

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  • Boucicault, Dion — orig. Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot born Dec. 26, 1820/22, Dublin, Ire. died Sept. 18, 1890, New York, N.Y., U.S. Irish born U.S. playwright. He began acting in 1837 and wrote the successful comedy London Assurance (1841) and The Corsican Brothers …   Universalium

  • Boucicault, Dion — orig. Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot (26 dic. 1820/22, Dublín, Irlanda–18 sep. 1890, Nueva York, N.Y., EE.UU.). Dramaturgo estadounidense de origen irlandés. Comenzó a actuar en 1837, y después escribió la exitosa comedia London Assurance (1841) y… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • BOUCICAULT, DION —    a dramatic writer, author of popular Irish pieces, as The Colleen Bawn and The Shaughraun (1822 1890) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Boucicault, Dion —  (1822–1890) Irish playwright; pronounced boo seeko …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Boucicault, Dion — (1820 90)    Actor and dramatist, b. in Dublin and ed. in London, joined Macready while still young, and made his first appearance upon the stage with Benj. Webster at Bristol. Soon afterwards he began to write plays, occasionally in conjunction …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • BOUCICAULT, Dion (1859-1929) — actor and stage director was born at New York on 23 May 1859, the son of Dion Boucicault the elder, the well known actor and dramatist, and of his wife, Agnes Boucicault, who was also well known on the stage. Boucicault was educated at Esher,… …   Dictionary of Australian Biography

  • Dion Boucicault, Jr. — Boucicault in 1913 Dion Boucicault Jr. (23 May 1859 – 25 June 1929) was an actor and stage director. Son of the well known playwright, Dion Boucicault, he followed his father into the theatrical profession and made a career as a character actor… …   Wikipedia

  • Dion Boucicault — This article is about Dion Boucicault Senior. For his actor and stage director son (1859 1929), see Dion Boucicault Jr.. Dion Boucicault, c. 1862 Born Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot December 26, 1820(1820 12 26) Dublin, Ireland …   Wikipedia

  • Dion Boucicault — en 1878 Dion Boucicault, Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot, est un acteur et dramaturge irlandais, né le 26 décembre 1822 à Dublin, mort le 18 septembre 1890 à New York. C …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dion Boucicault — (1878) Dion Boucicault, Geburtsname: Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot (* 26. Mai 1820, nach anderen Quellen 1822, in Dublin; † 18. September 1890 in New York City) war ein irisch US amerikanischer Dramatiker …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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