Last year’s most talked-about, most unforgettable production is returning to Woolly for a limited three-week run: An Octoroon by new MacArthur “Genius Grant”-winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins! Tickets are now on sale, so waste no time. You won’t want to miss this play!
A plantation on the brink of foreclosure. A young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate’s owner. An evil swindler plotting to buy her for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are trying to keep things drama-free, because everybody else is acting crazy.
An Octoroon, Jacobs-Jenkins’ Obie-winning riff on a 19th century melodrama that helped shape the debate around the abolition of slavery, is an incendiary adaptation. Part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, it’s a provocative challenge to the racial pigeonholing of 1859—and of today.
At a theater known for pushing the envelope, An Octoroon is the most memorable, most affecting play seen there in recent memory. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, I can guarantee you will be thinking about this play long after you leave the theater. And though Woolly’s website notes that because “each individual theatergoer is different [they] do not offer advisories about subject matter,” I’d leave the kids at home.
Featuring company members Shannon Dorsey, Jon Hudson Odom, and Erika Rose.