Past Event

Jan 29—Feb 27, 2016

An Octoroon

Company One Theatre & ArtsEmerson / USA

“Hilarious and harrowing…this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.”

— The New York Times

The hottest play of 1859 is back! Sort of...

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.



Emerson Paramount Center
Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111


Jan 29, 2016 - Feb 27, 2016

Post Show Conversations

SUN, FEB 7, 2016
Following the performance Dramaturg Ramona Ostrowski and guests Jody Leader from the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and Abby Wolf from Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research will examine the way race and identity have been handled in fictional narratives over the past 200 years, and focuses on the way those portrayals have shaped our cultural ideals today, both broadly and on an individual level.

SUN, FEB 14, 2016
Following performance Dramaturg Ramona Ostrowski and guests Lynne Layton from the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and Professor Sunil Swaroop of Emerson College will explore the ways that depictions of race and nationality can inform American perceptions of identity and belonging.


3 hours, with intermission