Dion Boucicault News

 
Date Of Birth:
December 26, 1822
Date Of Death:
September 18, 1890 (67)
Birth Place:
IRELAND
Gender: Male
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Dion Boucicault News

Date of Birth: December 26, 1822
Date of Death: September 18, 1890 (67)
Birth Place: IRELAND
Gender: Male
Cast Announced for Definition Theatre Company's Chicago Debut of AN OCTOROONCast Announced for Definition Theatre Company's Chicago Debut of AN OCTOROON
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Definition Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tyrone Phillips and Managing Director Neel McNeill, announces casting for the first play of its 2017-2018 season, the Chicago premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Gloria, Appropriate), produced in association with Goodman Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: AN OCTOROON, Orange Tree TheatreBWW Review: AN OCTOROON, Orange Tree Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 25, 2017

An Octoroon is a person who has one-eighth black heritage. In 1850s Louisiana, that meant they are automatically unclean and, ultimately, a slave. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins radically reimagines Dion Boucicault's 1859 play based upon a tragic and rather melodramatic love story between white plantation owner George and his uncle's illegitimate daughter Zoe. Entwined in this is the apparent financial ruin of the plantation, which leads to a series of racially motivated violent events. (more...)

Casting for Announced for LONDON ASSURANCECasting for Announced for LONDON ASSURANCE
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

City Lit Theatre Artistic Director Terry McCabe has announced the cast for the company's season finale, the British comedy London Assurance. First produced in London in 1841 at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, and shortly thereafter in New York City, London Assurance is considered a transitional play between the 18th century comedies of Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Oliver Goldsmith and the late 19th Century plays of Oscar Wilde. It has been one of Great Britain's most popular comedies of the standard classical repertoire and in recent decades has been performed by some of Britain's leading actors.  (more...)

Blackfriars Rep and Storm Theatre to Stage World Premiere of DEATH COMES FOR THE WAR POETSBlackfriars Rep and Storm Theatre to Stage World Premiere of DEATH COMES FOR THE WAR POETS
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Blackfriars Repertory Theatre and The Storm Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Death Comes for the War Poets, a dramatic verse tapestry by Joseph Pearce. The production, which will be performed June 9-24, 2017 at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture's Black Box Theater, is directed by Peter Dobbins. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage West Coast Premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' AN OCTOROONBerkeley Rep to Stage West Coast Premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' AN OCTOROON
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Eric Ting will close out its season. (more...)

Definition Theatre Company to Stage Chicago Premiere of AN OCTOROON by Branden Jacobs-JenkinsDefinition Theatre Company to Stage Chicago Premiere of AN OCTOROON by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Definition Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tyrone Phillips and Managing Director Neel McNeill, announces the first play of its 2017-2018 season, the Chicago premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Gloria, Appropriate), produced in association with Goodman Theatre. An Octoroon is directed by Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith and runs July 21 - August 20, 2017 in the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Theater as part of Definition's tenure in the Victory Gardens Resident Theater Program. (more...)

BWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw FestivalBWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw Festival
by Roy Berko - Apr 5, 2017

Those nice people from the North who are getting ready to create great theater are beaconing people from CLE to be their guests. (more...)

Shaw Festival's A.D. Tim Carroll Announces Casting for 2017 SeasonShaw Festival's A.D. Tim Carroll Announces Casting for 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The Shaw Festival proudly announces casting for Artistic Director Tim Carroll's first season. The Shaw's 2017 ensemble is a mix of new faces and Festival favourites - each actor ready to entertain and excite audiences in this season's 11 productions. (more...)

BWW Review: Must See AN OCTOROON Will Confound and Maybe Frustrate Some at DobamaBWW Review: Must See AN OCTOROON Will Confound and Maybe Frustrate Some at Dobama
by Roy Berko - Oct 24, 2016

Theater represents the era from which it comes! In 1859, when THE OCTOROON opened in New York, the United States was in racial chaos. The slaves of the South had been 'freed,' but, in reality, they weren't free from their years of enslavement. Yes, blacks, the only mass group of people who came to this country against their free will, were the center of much controversy. (more...)

PSMITH, SUNDIAL, FORTY-TWO STORIES and More Set for City Lit's 2016-17 SeasonPSMITH, SUNDIAL, FORTY-TWO STORIES and More Set for City Lit's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

City Lit Theater's 37th season will honor its traditions while bringing Chicago audiences four plays that will be new to nearly all audience members. The season lineup announced today by City Lit artistic director Terry McCabe includes a mix of three world premieres (two of them adaptations of novels and one original new comedy), plus a classic comedy of the 19th Century that has not been seen in Chicago in 120 years. (more...)

SAINT JOAN, AN OCTOROON and More Slated for Shaw Festival's 2017 SeasonSAINT JOAN, AN OCTOROON and More Slated for Shaw Festival's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The Shaw Festival is pleased to announce the playbill and directors list for the 2017 season; the company's 56th and the first led by Artistic Director Designate Tim Carroll. (more...)

BWW Review: AN OCTOROON Brings Hilarity and Hard Truths to Woolly MammothBWW Review: AN OCTOROON Brings Hilarity and Hard Truths to Woolly Mammoth
by Ellen Burns - Jun 6, 2016

"Out of every eight drops of my blood, seven are red, but one is black." In those words, spoken with despairing apology in An Octoroon by Zoe, the titular octoroon, the illegitimate daughter of a plantation owner, are revealed the most profound and internalized depths of racism. Like a root vegetable, where the substance of the plant is buried under the ground, it truly visible only when you yank it out to examine what has grown underneath. In this case, what's above ground is a brilliant adaptation by playwright, 2016 Pulitzer finalist (for Gloria), and DC-native Branden Jacobs-Jenkins of an 1859 play by Anglo-Irish Dion Boucicault; a play that caused controversy and sold-out houses in somewhat equal measure when it played at the Winter Garden Theatre in the looming shadow of the Civil War. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Adds AN OCTOROON to 2016-17 SeasonBerkeley Rep Adds AN OCTOROON to 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre revealed that Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie Award- winning play, An Octoroon, will be the seventh and final production in its upcoming 2016-17 subscription season. The West Coast premiere of the reworking of the mid-19th-century play will be performed in the Peet's Theatre in June 2017. (more...)

Tickets on Sale for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Kravis Center This SpringTickets on Sale for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Kravis Center This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

One of the most romantic stories ever written, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY won the 2014 Tony Awards® for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations. The musical adaptation of the best-selling novel and popular film will play at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts April 26 - May 1. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' AN OCTOROON Begins at the Wilma TheaterBranden Jacobs-Jenkins' AN OCTOROON Begins at the Wilma Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

What if all of the white actors in your play quit? AN OCTOROON begins tonight, March 16, 2016; and opens today, March 23, 2016. (more...)

Toronto Based Playwright Hannah Moscovitch Wins $150k Literary PrizeToronto Based Playwright Hannah Moscovitch Wins $150k Literary Prize
by Toronto Newsdesk - Mar 1, 2016

The Windham-Campbell Prizes today announced the annual slate of nine prize recipients that have left their mark on the world of literature and theater or have been judged by their peers as exceedingly likely to do so. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: AN OCTOROON Takes Race Relations down the Rabbit HoleBWW REVIEW: AN OCTOROON Takes Race Relations down the Rabbit Hole
by Jan Nargi - Feb 24, 2016

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has assaulted the fourth wall and countless racial stereotypes in his funny and audacious new play AN OCTOROON. Adapted from an 1859 melodrama titled "The Octoroon" by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault, Jenkins' piece weaves a biting contemporary narrative within Boucicault's stock storytelling to turn familiar antebellum tropes into jarring racial commentaries. Imagine "Gone with the Wind" down the rabbit hole and you get the idea. (more...)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' AN OCTOROON to Play the Wilma TheaterBranden Jacobs-Jenkins' AN OCTOROON to Play the Wilma Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

What if all of the white actors in your play quit? AN OCTOROON begins on Wednesday, March 16, 2016; and opens on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Mixed Blood Theatre's AN OCTOROON is Kinda Brilliant in a Crazy Sort of Way, and Has Lots to Say About Race in America Past and PresentBWW Review: Mixed Blood Theatre's AN OCTOROON is Kinda Brilliant in a Crazy Sort of Way, and Has Lots to Say About Race in America Past and Present
by Jill Schafer - Oct 26, 2015

The word octoroon is defined as 'a person of one-eight black ancestry.' THE OCTOROON is a 19th Century play by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault about which Wikipedia says, 'among antebellum melodramas, it was considered second only in popularity to Uncle Tom's Cabin.' AN OCTOROON is a new play by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who adapted the play and added himself as a character, writing the play and playing all the while male parts in white face, with the original playwright and his assistant playing roles in redface and blackface, while a rabbit seems to pull the strings behind the scenes. Got all that? Believe me, it's a lot to take in, and the play says some pretty profound things about race and racism in the past and present. But despite being a little perplexing and intentionally offensive (in a way that's not really offensive because it's satire), the whole thing is kinda brilliant in a crazy sort of way. (more...)

AN OCTOROON, THE UPSTAIRS CONCIERGE Among Mixed Blood Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonAN OCTOROON, THE UPSTAIRS CONCIERGE Among Mixed Blood Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

Mixed Blood Theatre has inhabited the historic firehouse on the West Bank for 40 years and is celebrating its anniversary with the first phase of a major venue renovation, a revitalized commitment to its West Bank community, and an ambitious season of new work! (more...)

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