April 19, 2018 – May 13, 2018


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)


Lamar Legend – BJJ/George/M’Closky

Mike Dooly – Playwright/Wahnotee/Lafouche

Jose Abaoag – Assistant/Pete/Paul

Jessi Little – Zoe

Heather Persinger – Dora

Dedra D. Woods – Minnie

Jéhan Òsanyìn – Dido

Jazmyne Waters – Grace



Brandon J. Simmons, Director

Malie Fujii, Stage Manager

Matthew Webb, Lighting Designer

Doris Black, Costume Designer

Julia Welch, Scenic Designer

Andrea Spraycar, Properties Master

Matt Staritt, Sound Designer

Mike Gebhart, DrummerBrandon J. Simmons directs a provocative Seattle premiere / CityArts

Seattle Public Library’s AN OCTOROON Reading List

Thrilling, Mesmerizing, Discomfiting: ‘An Octoroon’ at ArtsWest / CityArts

ArtsWest’s An Octoroon a timely and brilliant commentary on race in America / Seattle Gay News

‘An Octoroon’ now on stage at ArtsWest / Westside Seattle

ArtsWest’s ‘An Octoroon’ Uncomfortable and Urgent / Seattle Magazine

ArtsWest Really Goes for It With Demented Carnival Ride ‘An Octoroon’ / Broadway World