“What you gonna do once you free? You just gonna walk up in somebody house and be like, ‘Hey. I’m a slave. Help me?'”

1859: A famous Irishman writes a play about America. It’s a huge hit!

2014: An American tries to write his own version. Does anyone still care?

An old-fashioned meta-melodrama with Humor! Feelings! Live Music! Wigs! Sensation Scenes! Slave Auctions! Exploding Steamboats! Photography! And More!

This is the Dramatist Play Service edition of the text.