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AN OCTOROON

Apr 19 – May 13 2018

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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Coming Soon

Practical Questions of Wholeness

Jun 07 – Jul 08 2018

Two productions in rotating repertory:

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Hedwig and the Angry Inch


LADY DAY AT emerson’s bar and grill

by Lanie Robertson

Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill paints a stirring portrait of jazz legend Billie Holiday as she performs one of her last solo concerts, four months before her death. Packed with the music that made her both a legend – “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”, “God Bless the Child” – and a cultural flashpoint – “Strange Fruit” – Lady Day tells an intimate story of a complex woman through reminisces, confessions, and unforgettable music.

Thursdays & Saturdays at 7:30pm | GET TICKETS

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Book by John Cameron Mitchell

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask

The off-Broadway smash-hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the electrifying story of Hedwig, a German emigrant who suffered a botched sex-change operation, as she travels the country in hopeless romantic pursuit of her former lover. First a hit on stage and again on screen, John Cameron Mitchell’s hard-rock tale of transformation has earned critical acclaim and a legion of fans across the world.

Fridays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm | GET TICKETS


DOUBLE-HEADER NIGHTS

On Saturday 6/16 and Saturday 6/23, you can see Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at 3pm and Hedwig and the Angry Inch at 7:30pm. Just pick your night, put tickets to both performances in your cart, and use the code TWOSTORIES to take $15 off the total!

Saturday 6/16 and Sautrday 6/23 | GET TICKETS


Practical Questions of Wholeness

Both Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Hedwig and the Angry Inchare powerful, penetrating portraits of performers as they grapple with their identity through music. The title of the repertory pairing – Practical Questions of Wholeness, a line from Hedwig  – speaks to the search both artists undertake to trace the fault lines, and find the missing pieces, to their fractured senses of self.  

Presented in rotating repertory

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will be performed Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be performed Fridays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. In this rotating repertory arrangement, performances happen on alternating days on the same set, giving audiences the opportunity to see first-hand how performance and storytelling completely transform a space.

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