A Free Preview Performance of the play “An Octoroon”
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Directed by Brandon J. Simmons
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
In 1859, the handsome George arrives as heir apparent to Terrabonne, his late uncle’s slave plantation. There he quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful “octoroon” – someone who is one-eighth Black – but the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans for both Terrebonne and Zoe. Nothing is sacred in this genre-bending work: race, identity and time are bent by the whims of AN OCTOROON’s audacious storytelling. Racial stereotypes both past and present are shattered in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ bold, imaginative re-envisioning of a 19th century antebellum drama as an urgent message for today.