An Octoroon

BY BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS
18 May 2017 — 24 June 2017

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?’

"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." The New Yorker

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 dastardly M’Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe.

The UK premiere of the OBIE Award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Ned Bennett returns to the Orange Tree to direct following Pomona, which transferred to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre.

"A wildly imaginative new work" Village Voice, New York

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

*an octoroon is a person of one-eighth black ancestry

Contains strong language that some may find offensive

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