September 28–October 1, 2017
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a provocative new voice in American theatre, brings a radical, incendiary and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault’s once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation 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. This Obie Award-winning hall of mirrors skewers outdated sensibilities about race and narrative with acerbic humor and spectacular theatricality. An Octoroon is “this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” – The New York Times
Performance Dates & Times
Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 1, at 2:30 p.m.
(Photos by Craig Schwartz for the USC School of Dramatic Arts)
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks