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Book-It Repertory Theatre

Pirates and Pirate Law

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. Legal punishments for piracy were harsh and often fatal. Generally, in the 17th century, all British pirates were sent to London for trial, where they would be locked away in the dismal Newgate Prison. This hostile environment also included the ‘pressing yard’, […]

An Extraordinarily Brief Pirate History

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. Piracy itself can be traced from ancient Greece through Rome and the Vikings. However, for our purposes, it makes sense to join the narrative a bit closer to the time in question: with the advent of the Buccaneers in the late 16th […]

Sickness and Doctoring

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. “I don’t know about treasure, but I’ll stake my wig there’s fever.” —Dr. Livesey Treasure Island is known to be a story of pirates, treasure, and swashbuckling adventure. However, there is another thread running through the plot: sickness and disease. At the […]

The Mythos of Cocos Island

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. The Island itself draws from multiple inspirations. While it is clearly meant to be located somewhere in the Caribbean, it has been argued that the island bears more resemblance to Monterey, which Stevenson was writing about around the same time. Descriptions of […]

Inspiration for Treasure Island

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) readily admitted that he based Long John Silver on a friend of his, W.E. Henley. Henley had lost a foot to tuberculosis of the bone, leaving him minus (at least part of) a leg. According to his 1893 […]