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 riff off a 19th Century hit melodrama set on a Louisiana plantation. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins offers a brazen and metatheatrical experience that twists a world of larger-than-life stereotypes into blistering social commentary. It's a hilarious and 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

Kailey Rhodes ±

Dora

Andrea Vernae +

Minnie

Josie Seid ±

Dido

Ayanna Berkshire +^

Grace

Jimmy Garcia +

Ratts/Foley Artist

+ 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: Phil Johnson

Resident Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Props Master: Robert Amico

Voice & Text Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Resident Fight Choreographer: Jonathan Cole *

Dramaturg: Pancho Savery

Production Assistant: Karen Hill ±

Production Assistant: Megan Moll

Board Op: Jason Coffey

+ 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

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Press

An Octoroon listed as #1 in Portland Monthly's top 20 shows you can't miss! 

“Addressing race in theater—an art form too often dominated by white people in both its creation and its consumption—is an important task in any political moment, and this is one of the best treatments of it I’ve seen in recent memory.”
-Megan Burbank, Portland Mercury
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An Octoroon always seems like it’s one step ahead of you—it constantly wonders aloud about its own limits."
-Shannon Gormely, Willamette Week
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“The play holds up a mirror to our ideas about race and then proceeds to shatter them…”
-Krista Garver, Broadway World-Portland
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"An Octoroon is worth seeing and discussing and seeing again."
-Meg Currell, Edge Media Network
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“…directors Lava Alapai & Dámaso Rodríguez understand what the show is trying to do and turn everything up to 11.” 
-TJ Acena, Oregon Artswatch
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 “Lessons drenched in vicious humor, and anger treated with laughter, can do more to bring our attention to serious subjects than anything else.”
-Holly Johnson, The Oregonian
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“It’s a feeling. It’s a visceral response. It’s electrifying in what it chooses to present to its audience. It’s about questions without clear answers.”
-Cassie Duncanson, Portland State University Vanguard
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“…it definitely will raise eyebrows with some people, which is a good thing.”
-Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews
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"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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Resources 

STUDY GUIDE! A great resource for all, click to download it here.

SPOILER ALERT: POST PERFORMANCE READING! Check out this essay by Dramaturgist Pancho Savery here.

To read about the Br'er Rabbit folktale, click here.

Learn more about the Washington DC production of An Octoroon here.

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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 30 performance includes open captioning.

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