An Octoroon

Theatre
  1. Quite the same Wikipedia.
  2. Moving from “The Octoroon” to “An,” Jenkins suggests that despite the incredibly modern and subversive elements which Jacobs-Jenkins adds to Boucicault’s original, this is just another play and that the novelty of racial mixing has worn off and become common now.
An Octoroon
Written byBranden Jacobs-Jenkins
Date premiered23 April 2014
Place premieredSoho Rep
New York City, New York, United States
Original languageEnglish
GenreMelodrama
SettingA black box, and Louisiana

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An Octoroon Prologue

An Octoroon is a play written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. It is an adaptation of Dion Boucicault'sThe Octoroon, which premiered in 1859. Jacobs-Jenkins reframes Boucicault's play using its original characters and plot, speaking much of Boucicault's dialogue, and critiques its portrayal of race using Brechtian devices.[1] Jacobs-Jenkins considers An Octoroon and his other works Appropriate and Neighbors linked in the exploration of theatre, genre, and how theatre interacts with questions of identity, along with how these questions (such as 'Why do we think of a social issue as something that can be solved?') transform as a part of life.[2] In a 2018 poll by critics of The New York Times, the work was ranked the second-greatest American play of the past 25 years.[3]

An Octoroon Play

Characters and casting