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An Octoroon

  • Location: Zella Fry Theatre
  • Dates: 10/11/2019, 10/12/2019, 10/13/2019, 10/16/2019, 10/17/2019, 10/18/2019, 10/19/2019
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: $10-$15


October 11-19, 2019
Friday, October 11 @ 8PM
Saturday, October 12 @ 8PM
Sunday, October 13 @ 2 PM
Wednesday, October 16 @ 8PM
Thursday, October 17 @ 5PM
Friday, October 18 @ 8PM
Saturday, October 19 @ 2PM
Saturday, October 19 @ 8PM

Zella-Fry Theatre, Bauer-Boucher Theatre Center, Vaughn-Eames Building

“Strange as it seems, a work based on a terminally dated play from more than 150 years ago may turn out to be this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.”– Ben Brantley, New York Times

Broadly adapted from Irish playwright Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon, a wildly popular 19th century melodrama, Jacobs-Jenkins’ transgressive comedy/tragedy is a subversive mash-up of the antebellum south and 21st century cultural politics. The playwright dares the audience to examine racism and sexism through the metatheatrical lens of whiteface, redface, and blackface with a multi-ethnic cast that is both adhering to and leaping across the lines of broad racial and sexual stereotypes.

Did we mention that Br’er Rabbit also makes an appearance?

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and received the “genius grant” when he was named a MacArthur Follow in 2016. An Octoroon won an OBIE Award for best new American play in 2014.

An Octoroon is for mature audiences only, regardless of one’s age.

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