Arrivée des innocents

Act 1: Scene 1

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New Orleans, 1729. The city is teeming with pirates, thieves, and prostitutes, many of whom were released from overpopulated prisons in France.  At the time, the King of France had thought this would be a good way to populate the New World, but the plan backfired and only contributed to the rapid, moral decay of the city.

And so, the king came up with another plan, sending the daughters of well-educated, well-bred families to marry and bring civility to the colonists.

The young women arrive in New Orleans carrying their wedding trousseauxs that are oddly shaped liked traditional caskets. One young Casket Girl, named Catherine, wears a red ribbon tied around her neck in protest of the guillotine executions in France.