2hr. 30min. (1 intermission)
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A plantation on the brink of foreclosure...a young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate's owner...an evil swindler plotting to buy her for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are trying to keep things drama-free because everybody else is acting crazy.
An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie-winning riff on a 19th-century melodrama that helped shape the debate about the abolition of slavery, is an incendiary adaptation. Part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, it's a provocative challenge to the racial pigeonholing of 1859 — and of today.