An Octoroon

An Octoroon $14.99

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Published by Nick Hern Books

3 Male 5 Female

OBIE Award for Best New American Play 2014

"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?"'

Judge Peyton is dead

His plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins

His handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent

And quickly falls in love with Zoe ...

... a beautiful 'octoroon' - a person who is one-eighth Black by descent

But the dastardly M'Closky has other plans

For both Terrebonne and Zoe

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' exhilarating play draws on Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama The Octoroon


"A wildly imaginative new work" ~ Village Voice

"So energetic, funny, and entertainingly demented, you can't look away" ~ New York Post

"The play uses the plot of the Irish playwright Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama The Octoroon as the starting point for a bigger, wilder, more hilarious play about the tremendous, often tragic difficulties of identity, and life, for us all" ~ New Yorker

" ... coruscating comedy of unresolved history this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today" ~ Ben Brantley, New York Times

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