The Minute men of 1774-75

   Written by James A. Herne with actor Harry M. Pitt in mind, this melodrama of the American Revolution was Herne's first completely solo effort as a dramatist. It opened on 6 April 1886 at Philadelphia's Chestnut Street Theatre to critical approval, but proved of only moderate interest to audiences. Herne was influenced by American literary romanticism, particularly the works of James Fenimore Cooper, and showed little of the influence of Henrik Ibsen's realistic plays that marked some of Herne's subsequent dramas. Dorothy Foxglove, daughter of a British commander, wears a locket revealing her true identity. She has been separated from her family and raised by Reuben Foxglove. Buffeted by various forces and battles (tableaux depicted the Battles of Bunker Hill, Lexington, and Concord, and George Washington is glimpsed on his white horse in the final tableau), Dorothy falls in love with the Indian Roanoke, who, like her, turns out to be the lost child of a colonial officer.

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