An Octoroon | Berkeley Rep

Playwright and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault’s once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who’s one-eighth black. But the bigoted belle Dora has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M’Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, "An Octoroon" is “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today,” says the New York Times.

Join us after all performances of An Octoroon (excluding June 30) for a post-show discussion with Berkeley Rep staff, docents and artists.

Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission.

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