An Octoroon
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

An Octoroon

September 3 - October 2, 2017

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

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.

2014 OBIE Award for Best New Play
MacArthur Genius Grant winning playwright


“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

An Octoroon always seems like it’s one step ahead of you—it constantly wonders aloud about its own limits.”

Shannon Gormely, Willamette Week

“The play holds up a mirror to our ideas about race and then proceeds to shatter them…”

Krista Garver, Broadway World-Portland

An Octoroon is worth seeing and discussing and seeing again.”

Meg Currell, Edge Media Network

“…directors Lava Alapai & Dámaso Rodríguez understand what the show is trying to do and turn everything up to 11.”

TJ Acena, Oregon Artswatch

 “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

“…it definitely will raise eyebrows with some people, which is a good thing.”

Dennis Sparks

“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.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“A knockout, a radical rethinking, a great time.”

Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

“A work that is infinitely playful and deeply serious and which dazzlingly questions the nature of theatrical illusion.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian



Production Team

Tal Sanders
Scenic Designer
Wanda Walden
Costume Designer
Blanca Forzán
Lighting Designer
Phil Johnson
Composer / Sound Designer
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Resident Stage Manager
Robert Amico
Props Master
Jonathan Cole
Resident Fight Choreographer
Pancho Savery
Karen M. Hill
Production Assistant
Megan Moll
Production Assistant
Jason Coffey
Board Op