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.

PERFORMANCE: 120 minutes, with an intermission

“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

“…’Octoroon’ is loaded with humor… It’s a very funny play. But it is much more than a comedy. And it is much more than a melodrama. What this play really addresses, more than anything else, is a history of injustice…” Sacramento Gazette

“This play is provocative and unsettling, uncomfortable, but also, hilariously funny. Audiences will either love or hate it – but they won’t forget it.” SN&R

“From its outset, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Obie-winning ‘An Octoroon’ pushes the limits of comfort, dares the viewer to laugh, then asks why they did.”
 VOICES: River City


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