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These Handwritten Notes Came From John Wilkes Booth. Here's How They're Helping a Modern Theater Company

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This post is in partnership with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. A version of the article below was originally published in the Ransom Center magazine.
“Ready trumpet. Boy ready with armor. Take time. More piano. Long flourish continued till discovery, next Sc. - and do not W Till Mr Booth is on stage.”
I'm trying to decipher this sentence. I'm trying to translate these notes, some written by a prompter and some by the star of the show , into usable instructions. I'm trying to resuscitate playing practices that have been dead for over 100 years, using an 1861...
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