NOW PLAYING – AN OCTOROON
Dedra D. Woods, Mike Dooly, Jessi Little, Jéhan Òsanyìn, Jose Abaoag, Lamar Legend, Jazmyne Waters, Heather Persinger. Photo by Michael Brunk.
April 19 – May 13
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Brandon J. Simmons
In 1859, the handsome George arrives as heir apparent to Terrabonne, his late uncle’s slave plantation. There he quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful “octoroon” – someone who is one-eighth Black – but the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans for both Terrebonne and Zoe. Nothing is sacred in this genre-bending work: race, identity and time are bent by the whims of AN OCTOROON’s audacious storytelling. Racial stereotypes both past and present are shattered in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ bold, imaginative re-envisioning of a 19th century antebellum drama as an urgent message for today.
Winner – 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play
“Super oxygenating—despite moments of palpable fear and disquiet, we leave feeling somehow healthier, as though the theater has given us a violent shake and a pep talk.” —Time Out (New York)
*Content note: this production features strong and racially charged language, depictions of violence, suggestive content, sudden and very loud noises, water-based haze, and strobe effects.
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From the Blog
April 19th, 2018
We spoke with Seattle artist Nicholas Japaul Bernard about creativity, experience, and his upcoming productions at ArtsWest – his May 7 After Hours Cabaret, and his headlining role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, opening June 7. Why are you excited to take on the role of Hedwig? God, there’s so much. It’s…