Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON
“Hilarious and harrowing... May turn out to be this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” - The New York Times
“Serious fun.” - Variety
“Amber Gray is exquisite...Directed by Sarah Benson in a style that perfectly matches its mutating content...Designed with bountiful imagination.” - The New York Times
“4 STARS -- Brilliant, daring” - New York Post
“Wild-and-woolly and wickedly audacious.” - New York Daily News
“Mesmerizing...dangerous, hilarious” - Entertainment Weekly
Soho Rep’s AN OCTOROON
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Sarah Benson
Now – March 29, 2015
NEW YORK TIMES, TIME OUT, AND LONDON’S THE GUARDIAN TOP TEN 2014 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
2014 OBIE BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY
What you gonna do once you free? You just gonna walk up in somebody house and be like, “Hey. I’m a slave. Help me?”
An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins — whose plays include Neighbors and Appropriate — had its world premiere at Soho Rep last season. Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins takes on the Irish author, Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon. He “uses the plot of the Irish playwright’s 1859 antebellum melodrama….as the starting point for a bigger, wilder play” (The New Yorker).
Meta-melodrama with Forbidden Love! Humor! Feelings! Live Music! Wigs! Sensation Scenes! Slave Auctions! Exploding Steamboats! Photography! And More!
Saturday, February 28, following the matinee
Saturday, March 7, following the matinee
Join us for free post-show talks on the production with artists and scholars following two of our Saturday matinee performances.
Click here to read the 360° Viewfinder production guide, with facts and perspectives on Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon.
Soho Rep.’s An Octoroon is recommended for ages 13 and up.
This production is made possible, in part, with major support from Rosalind P. Walter.
Additional support: Board of Directors, Theatre for a New Audience and The Polonsky Foundation.
Pictured above: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, photo by Imogen Heath; and Dion Boucicault, photo courtesy of Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University.