An Octoroon

This is a past event. Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 7:30pm

Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97205

"In a rollicking funhouse critique of racial representations in American culture, playwright (and MacArthur “genius” fellowship recipient) Branden Jacobs-Jenkins reframes the antebellum melodrama “The Octoroon.” Centered around the lives of slaves on a Louisiana plantation, the play is a searing satire on the history of our society’s lingering stereotypes. Artists Rep artistic director Dámaso Rodríguez shares directing duties with Lava Alapai, who’s been both thoughtful and outspoken on issues of gender and color." - Oregon Arts Watch

An Octoroon is a raucously irreverent Gone with the Wind meets Looney Tunes mash-up that The New York Times calls “…this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” Riffing off a 19th Century hit set on a Louisiana plantation, Jacobs-Jenkins offers a brazen, metatheatrical melodrama that twists a funhouse world of larger-than-life stereotypes into blistering social commentary. It’s gasp-inducing satire from one of America’s most thrilling writers.

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