AN OCTOROON by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
2014 Obie Award Winner for Best New Play
Directed by Judith Moreland
August 30 – October 1, 2017
Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote The Octoroon, a melodrama about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.
“An Octoroon invites us to laugh loudly and easily at how naïve the old stereotypes now seem, until nothing seems funny at all…Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins is using a genre associated with exclamation points to ask questions not only about the portrayal of race in America but also about the inadequate means we have for such portrayals.” The New York Times
PERFORMANCE: 120 minutes, with an intermission