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An Octoroon

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by
Timothy Douglas

About the show

In a 2018 poll by critics of The New York Times, An Octoroon was ranked the second-greatest American play of the past 25 years. When it premiered, it was called “this decade’s most eloquent statement on race in America today.” (The New York Times). Dion Boucicault’s 1859 melodrama The Octoroon, about a man who scandalously falls for a slave on his Louisiana plantation, helped fan the flames of the American Civil War. The dazzling African American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has torn apart and rebuilt the original text as a towering, immersive and wildly funny theatrical experience.

International guest director Timothy Douglas, who has helmed more than 100 productions across major American theatres, makes his Australian debut.