An Octoroon

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Co-Directed by Lava Alapai & Dámaso Rodríguez

September 3, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Alder Stage

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.

  • Shocking Comedy
  • 2014 OBIE Award for Best New Play
  • MacArthur Genius Grant winning playwright
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Cast

Michael Mendelson +*^

Playwright

John San Nicolas +^

Assistant

Alex Ramirez de Cruz

Zoe

Kailey Rhodes ±

Dora

Andrea Vernae +

Minnie

Josie Seid ±

Dido

Ayanna Berkshire +^

Grace

Jimmy Garcia +

Ratts

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Co-Director

Lava Alapai *

Co-Director

Dámaso Rodríguez *

Production

Scenic Designer: Tal Sanders #

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Lighting Designer: Blanca Forzán

Composer/Sound Designer: Phillip Johnson

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Props Master: Robert Amico

Voice & Text Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Fight Choreographer: Jonathan Cole *

Dramaturg: Pancho Savery

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Press

"Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins is using a genre associated with exclamation points to ask questions not only about the portrayal of race in America but also about the inadequate means we have for such portrayals." - The New York Times
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"This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today." - The New York Times
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"Messy, clever and sometimes gut-bustingly funny." - StarTribune
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"A knockout, a radical rethinking, a great time." - Philly.com
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"An Octoroon is like nothing we've seen in contemporary American theater." - Cleveland.com
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"A work that is infinitely playful and deeply serious and which dazzlingly questions the nature of theatrical illusion." - The Guardian
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Special Events

Post show discussions follow the matinees on September 10, 20, 24 & October 1.

An Oregon Psychoanalytic Center post show discussion will follow the September 17 matinee.  

September 24 includes open captioning.

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