Mixed Blood Theatre's AN OCTOROON to Open 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

AN OCTOROON, which the New York Times proclaimed to be "this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today," is a shrewdly awkward riff on The Octoroon, a 19th-century melodrama about illicit interracial love. A funny, disturbing, whirlwind of a play, AN OCTOROON riffs on the antebellum South as well as our present-day American selves, delves into the complexity of American identities and their unresolvable connection to our legacy of slavery and genocide, and perpetrates a full-blooded investigation of race and cultural politics. At the same time it is so theatrically mind-bending, funny, energetic, and demented, that it's impossible to look away. (more...)

Vineyard Theatre to Feature Nicky Silver, Becky Mode, Colman Domingo and More in Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2012

Vineyard Theatre will celebrate its 30th anniversary season with a host of special events, in addition to its mainstage productions. These events include developmental readings and workshops, and one-night-only readings of acclaimed productions from the company's history. (more...)

Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON to Play Theatre for a New Audience, Feb-March 2015
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON will run February 14, 2015 - March 8, 2015 at Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn). Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, AN OCTOROON will be directed by Sarah Benson. (more...)

CAST AND LOOSE LIVE! to Host 'Back To School Night' at Joe's Pub, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Cast And Loose Live! returns to present Back To School Night on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9:30pm at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC. (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 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...)

Cast And Loose Live! to Present BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Next Monday at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Cast And Loose Live! returns to present Back To School Night on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9:30pm at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC. (more...)

Iris String Quartet to Play Metropolitan Playhouse, 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse is pleased to present the 'lovely and satisfying' (Times Square Chronicles) Iris String Quartet in a concert of masterworks by Stravinsky, Bartok, and Haydn. Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Metropolitan Playhouse 220 East 4th Street between Avenues A and B, New York City. Tickets are: $25 Adults and $10 Children Under 18. (more...)

Mixed Blood Theatre's AN OCTOROON to Open Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

AN OCTOROON, which the New York Times proclaimed to be "this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today," is a shrewdly awkward riff on The Octoroon, a 19th-century melodrama about illicit interracial love. A funny, disturbing, whirlwind of a play, AN OCTOROON riffs on the antebellum South as well as our present-day American selves, delves into the complexity of American identities and their unresolvable connection to our legacy of slavery and genocide, and perpetrates a full-blooded investigation of race and cultural politics. At the same time it is so theatrically mind-bending, funny, energetic, and demented, that it's impossible to look away. (more...)

AN 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...)

Alan Weeks, Star of Broadway's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', THE WIZ and More, Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Alan Weeks, who took over for Andre De Shields in Broadway's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' as part of a lengthy career on the New York stage. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse Presents THE JAZZ SINGER 11/12-12/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2011

The 'invaluable' Metropolitan Playhouse--2011 Obie Award winner--presents a revival of THE JAZZ SINGER, by Samson Raphaelson. First staged in in 1925 and revived in 1927, the play now receives the first professional production in the city, directed by Laura Livingston at Metropolitan's home: 220 E 4th Street . (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse Presents THE JAZZ SINGER 11/12-12/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2011

The 'invaluable' Metropolitan Playhouse--2011 Obie Award winner--presents a revival of THE JAZZ SINGER, by Samson Raphaelson. First staged in in 1925 and revived in 1927, the play now receives the first professional production in the city, directed by Laura Livingston at Metropolitan's home: 220 E 4th Street . (more...)

Soho Rep Extends AN OCTOROON to 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

In response to popular demand and critical acclaim, Soho Rep. announces a second extension of the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon. Directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson, An Octoroon will run through June 8. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse Announces Lineup for 2013 East Village Theater Festival, 4/15-5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse, OBIE Award winner, presents the fourth annual East Village Theater Festival, a three-week celebration of the ever-vital life and lore of the East Village. The festival features four different evenings of new plays and solo-performances, as well as the work of local artists, and a panel discussion on the neighborhood's changing identity. (more...)

La MaMa Presents LOST IN STATEN ISLAND: MORE TALES OF MODERN LIVING, 6/15-7/1
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2012

La MaMa presents the World Premiere of LOST IN STATEN ISLAND: MORE TALES OF MODERN LIVING. The production marks the latest installment of Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo's Modern Living cycle, which began in 2006. Directed by Jason Jacobs, performances run June 15 - July 1 at LaMaMa. (more...)

Iris String Quartet to Perform at the Metropolitan Playhouse, 6/25
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse presents the Iris String Quartet in a concert comprising Barber, Beethoven, Ravel and contemporary American composers on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Metropolitan Playhouse 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B, New York City. (more...)

Soho Rep Extends AN OCTOROON Through Today
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

In response to popular demand and one week before performances begin, Soho Rep. extends the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson, to May 24. Performances of An Octoroon will now take place April 23-May 24 (see schedule above) at Soho Rep. Critics are welcome as of Wednesday, April 30 for an official opening of Sunday, May 4 at 7:30pm. (more...)

AN OCTOROON, THE UPSTAIRS CONCIERGE Among Mixed Blood Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 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...)

Symphony Space to Present HARLEM RESONANCE Spring Festival, 4/2-5/11
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2013

The Harlem Resonance Festival (April 2 - May 11) is Symphony Space's second annual multi-disciplinary thematic spring festival, following last year's celebration of Gertrude Stein's Paris. (more...)

Symphony Space to Present HARLEM RESONANCE Spring Festival, 4/2-5/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2013

The Harlem Resonance Festival (April 2 - May 11) is Symphony Space's second annual multi-disciplinary thematic spring festival, following last year's celebration of Gertrude Stein's Paris. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse Presents Iris String Quartet Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse presents the Iris String Quartet in a concert comprising Brahms, Gershwin and contemporary American composers tonight, March 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Metropolitan Playhouse 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B, New York City. (more...)

Segal Theatre Center Spring 2012 Season to Include EGYPT IN TRANSITION, MELODRAMA RECLAIMED, More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2012

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (Frank Hentschker, Executive Director) has announced the rest of its Spring 2012 season, featuring 11 free events at the Graduate Center, including rarely-seen performances, premiere readings of international playwrights, and day-long symposia on everything from ecologically inspired performance (for Earth Day!) to the Group Theatre to innovative American women producers. (more...)

AN OCTOROON Extends Again Off-Broadway Through March 29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Due to popular demand, Theatre for A New Audience's production of Soho Rep.'s An Octoroon has been extended again and will play through March 29, Theatre for a New Audience Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz announced. (more...)

Chris Myers & Zoe Winters Join Cast of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's AN OCTOROON at Soho Rep,4/23-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Soho Rep. announces final casting for the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson. The production, April 23-May 18, concludes a banner New York season for the celebrated playwright, whose Appropriate recently opened at Signature Theatre and continues through April 6. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse Announces Lineup for 2013 East Village Theater Festival, 4/15-5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse, OBIE Award winner, presents the fourth annual East Village Theater Festival, a three-week celebration of the ever-vital life and lore of the East Village. The festival features four different evenings of new plays and solo-performances, as well as the work of local artists, and a panel discussion on the neighborhood's changing identity. (more...)

Iris String Quartet Plays Metropolitan Playhouse June 25, 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse will present the 'lovely and satisfying' (Times Square Cronicles) Iris String Quartet in a concert comprising Bach, Debussy, Handel, Ravel and contemporary American composers. (more...)

La MaMa Presents LOST IN STATEN ISLAND: MORE TALES OF MODERN LIVING, 6/15-7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2012

La MaMa presents the World Premiere of LOST IN STATEN ISLAND: MORE TALES OF MODERN LIVING. The production marks the latest installment of Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo's Modern Living cycle, which began in 2006. Directed by Jason Jacobs, performances run June 15 - July 1 at LaMaMa. (more...)

Iris String Quartet Performs at the Metropolitan Playhouse Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse presents the Iris String Quartet in a concert comprising Barber, Beethoven, Ravel and contemporary American composers tonight, June 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Metropolitan Playhouse 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B, New York City. (more...)

La MaMa Presents LOST IN STATEN ISLAND: MORE TALES OF MODERN LIVING, Now thru 7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2012

La MaMa presents the World Premiere of LOST IN STATEN ISLAND: MORE TALES OF MODERN LIVING. The production marks the latest installment of Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo's Modern Living cycle, which began in 2006. Directed by Jason Jacobs, performances run tonight, June 15 - July 1 at LaMaMa. (more...)

Maechi Aharanwa, Pascale Armand & More to Star in AN OCTOROON at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Single tickets are now on sale for Theatre for A New Audience's production of Soho Rep.'s An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's widely acclaimed new play directed by Sarah Benson, Artistic Director, Soho Rep. An Octoroon plays February 14 through March 8 at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Opening night is February 26. (more...)

Iris String Quartet Comes to Metropolitan Playhouse in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse will present Iris String Quartet in a concert comprising Brahms, Gershwin and contemporary American composers. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse to Present Iris String Quartet, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse presents the Iris String Quartet in a concert comprising Brahms, Gershwin and contemporary American composers on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Metropolitan Playhouse 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B, New York City. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Soho Rep.'s AN OCTOROON, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Theatre for A New Audience presents Soho Rep.'s An Octoroon. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's widely acclaimed play, directed by Sarah Benson, Artistic Director, Soho Rep, has played to sold out houses since previews began on February 14 and as a result of strong ticket sales, has added eight additional performances. Originally scheduled to end its run on March 8, An Octoroon will now play through March 15 at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Opening night is tonight, February 26. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Review Roundup: AN OCTOROON Opens Off-Broadway
by Review Roundups - Feb 26, 2015

Theatre for A New Audience presents Soho Rep.'s An Octoroon. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's widely acclaimed play, directed by Sarah Benson, Artistic Director, Soho Rep, opens tonight, February 26, and plays through March 15, 2015. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Iris String Quartet Comes to Metropolitan Playhouse, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse will present the Iris String Quartet in a concert comprising Brahms, Gershwin and contemporary American composers on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM at Metropolitan Playhouse 220 East 4th Street between Avenues A and B, New York City. (more...)

BWW 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 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...)

Theatre for A New Audience Extends AN OCTOROON Through 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

Due to popular demand, Theatre for A New Audience has put a new block of tickets on sale for its production of Soho Rep.'s An Octoroon. An Octoroon will now play through March 15 at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. Opening night is February 26. (more...)

Soho Rep. Announces Cast for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's AN OCTOROON, Running 4/23-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Soho Rep. announces casting and performance dates for the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson. The production, April 23-May 18, concludes a banner New York season for the celebrated playwright, whose Appropriate makes its New York premiere February 25-April 6 at Signature Theatre. (more...)

Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON to Play Theatre for a New Audience, Feb-March 2015
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON will run February 14, 2015 - March 8, 2015 at Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn). Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, AN OCTOROON will be directed by Sarah Benson. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse Presents THE JAZZ SINGER 11/12-12/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2011

The 'invaluable' Metropolitan Playhouse--2011 Obie Award winner--presents a revival of THE JAZZ SINGER, by Samson Raphaelson. First staged in in 1925 and revived in 1927, the play now receives the first professional production in the city, directed by Laura Livingston at Metropolitan's home: 220 E 4th Street . (more...)

Frances Black Projects Presents THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN THE WORLD This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

Frances Black Projects presents The Most Beautiful Thing in the World. Written and performed by Gabriel Levey, co-created with Kate Tarker, directed by Carter Gill and designed by Paul Lieber. This weekend, April 9-12 at Cloud City, 85 North 1stStreet, Brooklyn. Tickets are $18 and available online atwww.francesblackprojects.com. (more...)

The Wilma Theater Sets 2015-16 Season: ANTIGONE, AN OCTOROON & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

The Wilma Theater has announced the four plays that will make up its upcoming 2015/16 Season. The Wilma will open the season with Sophocles' Antigone translated by Marinanne McDonald and directed by Theodorus Terzopoulos, the renowned founder of Attis Theatre in Athens, Greece. (more...)

The 5th Annual East Village Theater Festival Presents 12 New Works, 4/14-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

OBIE Award winner and 'indispensable East Village institution'? (nytheatre.com) Metropolitan Playhouse, presents the fifth annual East Village Theater Festival, a three-week celebration of the ever-vital life and lore of the East Village. The festival features four different evenings of new plays and solo-performances, as well as the work of local artists, and a panel discussion on the neighborhood's changing identity. (more...)

Soho Rep Presents Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's AN OCTOROON, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson. The production, tonight, April 23, through May 18, concludes a banner New York season for the celebrated playwright, whose Appropriate made its New York premiere February 25-April 6 at Signature Theatre. (more...)

Frances Black Projects to Present THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN THE WORLD, 4/9-12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Frances Black Projects presents The Most Beautiful Thing in the World. Written and performed by Gabriel Levey, co-created with Kate Tarker, directed by Carter Gill and designed by Paul Lieber. April 9-12 at Cloud City, 85 North 1stStreet, Brooklyn. Tickets are $18 and available online atwww.francesblackprojects.com. (more...)

Symphony Space Presents HARLEM RESONANCE Spring Festival, Now thru 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2013

The Harlem Resonance Festival (tonight, April 2 - May 11) is Symphony Space's second annual multi-disciplinary thematic spring festival, following last year's celebration of Gertrude Stein's Paris. (more...)

Iris String Quartet to Play Metropolitan Playhouse, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Metropolitan Playhouse will present the 'lovely and satisfying' (Times Square Chronicles) Iris String Quartet in a concert of masterworks by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Kosch. (more...)

Soho Rep Extends AN OCTOROON Through 5/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

In response to popular demand and one week before performances begin, Soho Rep. extends the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson, to May 24. Performances of An Octoroon will now take place April 23-May 24 (see schedule above) at Soho Rep. Critics are welcome as of Wednesday, April 30 for an official opening of Sunday, May 4 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse Kicks Off 2013 East Village Theater Festival, Now thru 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse, OBIE Award winner, presents the fourth annual East Village Theater Festival, a three-week celebration of the ever-vital life and lore of the East Village. The festival features four different evenings of new plays and solo-performances, as well as the work of local artists, and a panel discussion on the neighborhood's changing identity. (more...)

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