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An Octoroon - 2014 - Off-Broadway

A world-premiere, old-fashioned, meta-melodrama with Humor! Feelings! Live Music! Wigs! Sensation Scenes! Slave Auctions! Exploding Steamboats! Photography! And More!

Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful “octoroon.” But, the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe.


Soho Rep Theatre

(New York, NY)
46 Walker Street

An Octoroon Off-Broadway Cast


by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 30, 2020
Yale School of Drama, the only graduate-level professional conservatory in the English-speaking world to offer training in every theatrical discipline, announces newly promoted and newly appointed faculty members, effective for the 2020-21 academic year.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 3, 2020
Lincoln Center Theater has announced the creation of a new artistic initiative - The Beaumont New Play Commission Program.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 29, 2020
Nancy Manocherian's the cell theatre in association with DimlyWit Productionswill broadcast the second installment of its Tolerance Party series entitled Role Call which will be available to stream via their website.
by Stage Tube - Sep 26, 2020
Manhattan Theatre Club has released a new video in its Artists in Conversation series, featuring artists talking to one another via a virtual platform.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2021
Artists Rep's Board of Directors, along with Executive Director J.S. May and Managing Director Kisha Jarrett,  have begun succession planning and are collaborating to ensure a smooth artistic leadership transition. In the midst of the transition, the non-profit organization launches its return to in-person production with its 39th season of intimate, provocative theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 1, 2021
Suzan-Lori Parks' White Noise will receive its European premiere at the Bridge Theatre, directed by Polly Findlay with a cast comprising James Corrigan, Ken Nwosu, Faith Omole and Helena Wilson.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 7, 2020
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, today announced the appointment of Stori Ayers as Associate Artistic Director.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 25, 2020
Vineyard Theatre has announced a series of original cast benefit readings, including Gloria, the Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Evan Cabnet, which will air on January 19 and be available for viewing through January 22;  Brutal Imagination by Cornelius Eady and directed by Joe Morton, and more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2020
Signature Theatre has announced today that their 2021-22 Season will feature five works by five Resident Playwrights, including a production by Signature's Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith, world premiere plays from Residency 5 playwrights Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Samuel D. Hunter & a New York premiere by Dominique Morisseau.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2020
In a time of uncertainty for the country and for the arts, Portland Playhouse put out a call to local artists to open our hearts and broaden our perspectives. The result is Wonderland, a virtual festival of four short new works that directly engage with our current socio-political landscape from the perspective of WONDER.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 5, 2021
SEGAL TALKS: Week 35 to feature Chris Myers on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 12 noon EDT. Join a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona.
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2020
Award-winning theatre company, Wildcard, have today announced 'Wildcard: Full House', a six-month programme with a focus on supporting emerging artists, digitally.
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2020
Due to the ongoing health crisis, the traditional in-person event is replaced by an enduring online tribute.
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2021
On this day in 2016, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical HADESTOWN celebrated its off-Broadway opening at New York Theatre Workshop.
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2020
On this day in 2016, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical HADESTOWN celebrated its off-Broadway opening at New York Theatre Workshop.
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2021
After an amazing year of creativity, compromises, collaborations, and (so many) silver linings, The Actors Conservatory announces The Oregon One Act Festival: Two Evenings of short plays featuring the graduating class of 2021 and the work of directors Beth Harper, Dámaso Rodríguez, Lava Alapai, Michael Mendelson, and Samson Syharath.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 11, 2021
Casting is complete and rehearsals begin this week for the Los Angeles premiere of a radical, incendiary and subversively funny Obie award-winning play by MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 9, 2021
The Los Angeles premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will inaugurate the new outdoor stage at the Fountain Theatre later this spring. Judith Moreland will direct.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 8, 2021
In 'Kindred,' Dana, a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 5, 2020
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival today announced Branden Jacobs-Jenkins as the 37th and final commissioned artist as part of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, OSF's multi-decade program for developing new plays about moments of change in United States history.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 5, 2020
Richmond Triangle Players continues its spring season with the Virginia premiere of Donja R. Love's acclaimed new play Sugar in Our Wounds, opening Friday April 3, 2020, at 8 pm, following two low-priced previews on Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 & 2, at 8 pm. The production, underwritten by Sharon Larkins-Pederson in honor of her husband Edson Pederson's birthday and their 20th wedding anniversary, will run through April 25.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 23, 2021
Capital Stage offers its fourth Virtual Performances production with SMART PEOPLE by Lydia R. Diamond. This docu-dramedy that follows four of Harvard's brightest as they search for love, success, and identity, first premiered at the Huntington Theatre in Boston in 2014.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2020
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) today announced its Season 36 (2020/21) lineup for theater enthusiasts and first-timers alike. The season includes back-to-back Obie and Tony award-winning plays, a Rhode Island premiere and a regional premiere of two contemporary, critically acclaimed plays, and the first Shakespeare production in The Gamm's Warwick home.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 1, 2020
Three women joyfully tell the story of their hometown of Harlem in Renaissance in the Belly of the Killer Whale, on stage at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia now through March 7. Due to popular demand, the company has added an additional performance on Saturday, March 7 at 2pm.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 7, 2021
The Fountain Theatre commemorates the emancipation of enslaved women and men in Texas on June 19, 1865 — the last state to abolish slavery in the U.S. following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 — with a special event at the Fountain's new Covid-safe outdoor venue in East Hollywood. The Fountain's Juneteenth Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 19 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 3, 2021
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre today announced its plans to reopen for Season 37 (2021-22) with a five-play lineup beginning at the end of September 2021. The season includes an Obie award-winner, a premiere of a late 19th century classic re-invented for our pandemic year, the regional premiere of a contemporary critically acclaimed look at working class America, and the first Shakespeare production in The Gamm’s Warwick home.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 26, 2021
Oregon Shakespeare Festival has announced the month-long, five-play O! Reading Series. For this new initiative, five directors who are part of OSF’s artistic staff have each chosen a play to be performed as a live digital staged reading by some of OSF’s favorite actors.
by Evan Henerson - Jun 24, 2021
Judith Moreland’s cunning production for the Fountain Theatre sneaks up behind you, gooses, tickles, sings, brays and pretty much does everything but give everyone in the audience a wedgie.
by Gil Kaan - Jun 10, 2021
The Fountain Theatre will inaugurate their new outdoor stage with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ 2014 Obie Award-winning AN OCTOROON, with previews beginning June 11, 2021. Judith Moreland directs the cast of Leea Ayers, Matthew Hancock, Mara Klein, Hazel Lozano, Rob Nagle, Kacie Rogers, Vanessa Claire Stewart and Pam Trotter. Between final rehearsals, Matthew, who plays the playwright’s alter-ego among other characters, made some time to answer a few of my inquiries.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 14, 2021
The first performance of the summer, on Friday, July 30, will be directed by bailaora (dancer) Lakshmi Basile “La Chimi.” A tribute to the late cantaor (singer) Jesús Montoya, the evening is sub-titled Pinceladas Escandalosas (“Scandalous Brush Strokes”).
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 22, 2021
Today (January 22) in live streaming: Jessica Vosk visits Backstage Live, highlights from Concert for America, and more!
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 21, 2021
Today (January 20) in live streaming: an Inauguration Day special with the Chaos Twins and more!
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 20, 2021
Today (January 20) in live streaming: an Inauguration Day special with the Chaos Twins and more!
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 19, 2021
Today (January 19) in live streaming: an Ann Reinking tribute, Game Night on Stars in the House, and more!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 18, 2021
TheatreSquared presents, in a brand-new production, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway comedy, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh streaming online January 20. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 14, 2021
Ucross, an artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts in northeast Wyoming, today announced playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins as its newest board member. Jacobs-Jenkins, whose work includes Everybody (Signature Theater), Neighbors (Public Theater), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, OBIE Award for Best New Play), and more.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2021
Vineyard Theatre's original cast benefit reading of Gloria, the Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Evan Cabnet, will begin streaming on January 19 at 7:00pm EST and will be available through January 24, allowing for two additional days of viewing on demand.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 4, 2021
Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT SPOTLIGHT SERIES, a free program of digital events, featuring LCT artists in performance, conversation and more, will continue on Thursday, February 11 at 7pm with the second episode of “Lileana Blain-Cruz In Conversation: On Directing.”
by Student Blogger: Grace Callahan - Feb 4, 2021
Hopefully this list gives you some new reads, and if not, reminded you of some old favorites.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 24, 2021
Beehive Dramaturgy Studio has announced the launch of a new partnership with a team of artist-organizers including Chris Myers (actor, An Octoroon), Stephanie Borgovan (visual artist), Sofia Goodman (researcher/printmaker), Naiyah Ambros (filmmaker), and Annie McFoxwell (actor) on a new programming series called Anticapitalism for Artists.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 19, 2021
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)'s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud has announced the selection of four Northeast Ohio-based artists as 2020/2021 Premiere Fellows, made possible by dedicated funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC).
by Stephi Wild - Dec 8, 2020
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris has announced the launch of The Golden Collection, composed of 15 plays by prominent Black playwrights including Slave Play, which has received a historic 12 Tony Award nominations more than any other play in Broadway history.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 7, 2020
The play received its world premiere at the Vineyard Theatre in New York in the summer of 2015.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 3, 2020
ArtsEd has announced new appointments to its staff. In September, the School of Acting will welcome Steven Kavuma as Foundation Acting Course Leader and Gabrielle Nimo as Head of Movement.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 12, 2021
The Fountain Theatre has been awarded a WarnerMedia Arts and Culture grant funded by the AT&T Foundation to support Walking the Beat Los Angeles, a pioneering arts education program for inner city high school youth and police officers.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 9, 2020
BBC Arts has joined award-winning theatre company Headlong and BAFTA winning Century Films, as broadcast partner for Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation, a series of short, digital plays written and performed in isolation, which will be broadcast across the nation during lockdown as part of Culture in Quarantine.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 6, 2021
The Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia will present Nilaja Sun’s Obie Award Winning play NO CHILD… This new digital production, a one-person exploration of the New York City public school system through the lens of a teaching artist, features Philadelphia performer Taysha Marie Canales.  Directed by Justin Jain, NO CHILD...will run April 27 through May 9, 2021 on the Arden’s digital stage.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2021
WAM Theatre has announced the casting of Boston-based actors Elle Borders and Brandon G. Green in their upcoming reading of the sensational new play THE LIGHT by Loy A. Webb, directed by Colette Robert, which will be available to stream from Sunday, April 25, to Sunday, May 2. Tickets are on sale now.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 30, 2021
American Conservatory Theater Director of the Master of Fine Arts program Danyon Davis announced today that honorary Master of Fine Arts degrees will be conferred upon actress, director, and playwright Seret Scott and sound designer and composer Jake Rodriguez.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2021
The Dramatists Guild of America has announced that Amanda Green has been elected to be their incoming Council President succeeding outgoing President Doug Wright. She will be the first woman president in the Guild’s 100-year history.