JAN 29 - FEB 27, 2016

Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play, An Octoroon is an incendiary, subversively funny exploration of contemporary cultural politics set against the backdrop of the Antebellum South. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (author of Neighbors, Appropriate) radically revises a popular 19th century melodrama — complete with blushing Southern belles, dastardly schemes, and budding forbidden romances — for today’s “post-racial,” spectacle-obsessed world.

“Hilarious and harrowing...this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” - The New York Times

**Some performances of An Octoroon  are currently SOLD OUT. However, tickets may become available! On the day of a given show, a wait list will be started at the Emerson/Paramount Center one hour prior to each performance and any available tickets will be released for sale beginning at 15 minutes prior to show start time to the people on the wait list. You must be in person at the Box Office to be placed on the wait list and when your name is called.**



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  • Location: Emerson/Jackie Liebergott Black Box
  • Run time: 3 hours with one intermission


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  • A co-production with Company One Theatre
  • Written by: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
  • Directed by: Summer L. Williams
  • Cast: Kadahj Bennett, Elle Borders, Harsh Gagoomal, Brandon Green, Bridgette Hayes, Shawna M James, Obehi Janice, Amelia Lumpkin, Brooks Reeves