Auditions for "AN OCTOROON" by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
It is a contemporary reworking of Dion Boucicaults 19th century melodrama THE OCTOROON. Playwright and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault's once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who's one-eighth black. But the bigoted belle Dora has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M'Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is "This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today," says the New York Times.
Paid gig. Rehearsals starting 1/15/18, opening 2/16/18 and closes 3/4/18.
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