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AN OCTOROON

Apr 19 – May 13 2018

Lamar Legend. Photo by John McLellan. 

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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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)

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CAST

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

 

CREATIVE

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, Drummer

FIRST LOOK: AN OCTOROON took place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at ArtsWest. See the photos below for a look into the evening, and learn more about FIRST LOOK here